How to find the perfect plus-s


How to find the perfect plus-size wedding dress

When you’re a plus-size bride, it can be a challenge to find the right wedding dress.

How to find the perfect plus-s


Even though you feel comfortable in a lot of your clothes, picking a dress that works for you is additional work than it usually is to find the right dress. Because it’s not just only finding the right designer that matters–you also need to think about issues like high costs for more materials, and alterations, too. Then there’s the fact that, despite what many designers think, there isn’t a one-style-works-for-all when it comes to women shopping in the plus-size department. Bodies vary at all sizes, and because it’s your big day, you don’t want something that’s too tight in some places, or that fits you like a baggy rag.

Luckily, there are some great strategies you can use to find the right dress for your big day. It’s all about understanding your shape, finding the right resources, and knowing how to save a little money. And here’s how.

Understand what style works best for you

The fact is, large size wedding dresses come in many styles. According to Monroe and Main, these styles include: A-line (“fitted top and torso, then flares out at the waist in a triangular fashion”), empire (gathering “just beneath the bust instead of at your natural waistline, emphasizing your upper body rather than your lower body”), peplum (a dress with a ruffle at the waist), straight dresses, corset styles (for the more gothic-aesthetic brides), and off-the-shoulder dresses. Depending on your body type and aesthetic tastes, one of these styles will work best.

The best way for you to know which style is most “you” is by following several strategies. First of all, go through your closet. What style are your formal dresses? Even though you can always get a little more creative for your big day, you don’t want to take it too far and betray styles that have always worked for you. Additionally, get accounts on Pinterest and Instagram, and check out what exciting styles are out there now. If you’re a fashionista, becoming part of that world is a must.

27 percent of brides who were surveyed in Bridebook’s Wedding Report 2018 purchased more than one wedding dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The more research you do, the less money you’ll have to spend.

Test out each style

And of course, you’ll want to try on the different styles. There’s no need to book an appointment with a fancy dress boutique just yet; chances are you’ll be spending way more money than you planned. It’s not worth passive aggressive comments from the shop assistants for a couple of glasses of free champagne. Instead, go to a local plus-size dress shop, or to a department store where there are options, and have friends take pictures of you on their phones. (We all know mirrors never tell the truth.) Once you’ve tried on different styles, you’ll know which ones work for you. And don’t forget – try on different colours, too!

Considering that the average wedding dress in 2017 cost over $1,000, it’s worth putting in the time to figure out what style’s the most “you.” Don’t forget that you can also save money by ordering a dress online. Just because you tried it on in person doesn’t mean you have to buy it in person–and with the entire online world at your fingertips, you’re sure to save some moolah this way. Additionally, don’t forget that there are online retailers such as Azazie which make it easy for you try on different options at homes for a fee that’s a small amount compared to buying an actual dress. (It’s only $15 per bridal gown you’re trying on!)

Get creative with alterations

Finally, remember that you can always make a dress work for you. That’s where alterations come in. All you need to do is find a dress that you love in every way but that it might be a little loose in some places. (Usually, this means the waist–or, it might be too long.) By taking it to the right seamstress or tailor, you can make your dream wedding dress an actual reality.

In 2018, the average seamstress prices were $10-$14 to hem a skirt or a dress and $45 to take in a sheath dress. As long as you check that prices work for you before you buy a wedding dress, you can create a beautiful dress that fits you like a glove – for a fraction of the price it would be otherwise!