Dressing your bridesmaids is a challenge, and can cause a lot of strife in your bridal party. As we all know by now, not all women are the same shape. That amazing strapless sheath dress you found might not be the most flattering dress for your plus sized, voluptuous bridesmaid. While it is certainly your big day, it’s important to remember your bridesmaids and their comfort as well, so we’ve complied a list of dress styles to keep everyone happy and looking gorgeous!
The Ball Gown
This style comes in definitively at the waist and the skirt flares out from the waist, and can be kept short and flirty and long and regal. This style is particularly suited for bridesmaids with a bigger bust, as the volume in the skirt helps balance out the bust area. However, keep in mind that a ball gown will accentuate size differences; bigger bridesmaids will look bigger and smaller bridesmaids will look even smaller.
This style comes in at the waist and flares out slightly, which will create a lovely silhouette on practically everybody. Because it doesn’t have a definite waist line, this style helps conceal any figure flaws a bridesmaid could be self conscious about. Do keep in mind that this style may not be the most flattering, or the most comfortable, for any pregnant members of your bridal party.
This dress is a close-fitting, figure-hugging style. While this style could be flattering for a variety of body types, keep in mind that not all of your bridesmaids may be comfortable flaunting their curves, and the slim silhouette will make it a bit more challenging for them to break it down on the dancefloor!
The Empire Waist
This style is universally flattering! The dress flows outward slightly starting just below the bust line, and can be kept short or floor length. Got a bridesmaid that’s pregnant, or one that’s just self conscious about her mid-section (and honestly, what girl hasn’t been self conscious of their tummy at one point in their life)? An empire waist will help create a beautiful silhouette by skimming over any unflattering curves.
Which type of dress would you want to dress YOUR bridesmaids in?