Did you know that almost 70 percent of women in the United States wear a size 12 or above? However, bridal stores traditionally offer try-on samples in a size 8!Fortunately, some companies are adapting to meet the changing needs of their clientele. Most brides enjoy picking out dresses for their bridesmaids. When deciding what dresses to pick out for your bridesmaids, it is important to remember their size. If you have plus size bridesmaids then you will want to make sure to pick out dresses that will fit them and also make them feel comfortable.
First step: Determine her shape. Is she an apple shape? Big on top and small on the bottom? Or is she a pear shape, large on the bottom? You should probably ask her directly since she would know her own body better than anyone else would. She shouldn't be offended about the fact you are trying to help her look amazing. After you figure out the best cut of the dress, look at the length. Is she a short girl? Make your bridesmaid dresses tea-length. If she is tall, feel free to go a bit longer. Take her shopping with you and try on the dresses you have in mind to see how they look.
Choose an "A" shaped dress. This type of dress looks good on anyone. It will be tight at the top and flowing at the bottom. Everyone will be able to hide their shape in it. Most "A" shaped dresses are made for plus size ladies so it won't be a problem to find the size that you need. Do NOT choose a square or flat neckline. This makes heavy people look horrible. Choose a heart shaped bodice, or a v-neck to help flatter the bridesmaids look.
If you have a bridesmaid that is such a plus size that you can't find a dress for her, you may want to have one made for her. Having your bridesmaids dresses made by a seamstress is an excellent idea. You will have fittings and in the long run it may cause you less stress and hassle and be cheaper than ordering a dress.