If you’re on the hunt for a plus-size wedding dress, this is going to be your year. The latest runway trends are making their way to bridal shops across the country, just in time for your big day. Dress designers have finally taken the plus-size bride’s needs to heart and have begun creating breathtaking, fashion-forward
If you’re on the hunt for a plus-size wedding dress, this is going to be your year. The latest runway trends are making their way to bridal shops across the country, just in time for your big day. Dress designers have finally taken the plus-size bride’s needs to heart and have begun creating breathtaking, fashion-forward styles that are anything but frumpy or dull. Read on for this year’s top curvy-girl bridal trends.
Sleeves and Modesty Panels
Although brides of all sizes enjoy contemporary dress styles and designs, selections of dresses with sleeves and a more modest construction have been historically limited. This year, however, that’s all changing. Sleeves have made a bold return to bridal fashion in every length from flirty caps to three-quarter points. Revealing dresses are being replaced by those that maintain a fashion-conscious style but also provide a more modest level of coverage.
Embellishment and Embroidery Details
This year, overly busy lace and over-the-top beadwork have been replaced with delicate embroidery (with metallic thread if you’re sparkly) and unique detailing. Subtle tone-on-tone oversized sequins give the feel of vintage dotted Swiss fabric. Faux belts and pearl buttons provide a fascinating contrast of bold and delicate. Designers’ favorite detailing this year is, without question, tiny freshwater or seed pearls. The season’s most on-trend look pairs tiny, shell-pink or champagne-colored seed pearls with the same color gown.
Capes and Shrugs
Another of this year’s runway trends that’s making its way down the aisle is the cape. Also popular in the form of a shrug or Bolero-type jacket, these delightful cover-ups are both stylish and practical. For those brides who struggle to find dresses that provide enough coverage, capes and shrugs can be paired with virtually any dress to create the level of modesty they seek. On the runway, fur (faux or vintage), feathers, tulle and even delicate crochet patterns made delightful statements.
For the first time in almost a decade, bridal hemlines are going up. Tea-length gowns were by far the most popular in the fashion world this year, which is outstanding news for curvy girls. Shorter hem lengths elongate the look of your legs, but tea length, hitting just at the bottom of the kneecap, makes legs look their longest.
Popular styles include flirty sheaths, pleated vintage “Some Like it Hot” styles and empire-waist designs. Short bridal gowns are perfect for destination and summer weddings, but they’re showing up in the most formal settings as well. A fun juxtaposition puts the bride in a tea-length gown and her attendants in full-length dresses.
Whatever type dress you have in mind, having a curvy shape doesn’t have to be daunting any more. Most gown designers offer their styles in a variety of sizes, and bridal shops have unprecedented access to make style changes and design modifications before your dress leaves the fabrication site. Now that fashion designers have committed to embracing the beauty inherent in all brides, you’ll enjoy your search for the perfect plus-size wedding dress.
Jen Stott is a writer and blogger, and the Director of Digital Content at Be Locally in South Jordan, Utah.