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Size inclusive dress options run the gamut this year, from feminine designs to casual and elegant classics, and we’ve just made shopping for the perfect occasion even easier. Now that you’re engaged, you'll need multiple looks for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner (to name a few). There are also those extra wedding-related events like a post-wedding brunch and a honeymoon! For all these occasions, you will undoubtedly need a gorgeous dress—likely two or three, at least!
“When thinking about wedding-related events, I always say go for the silhouettes that work best for you,” Danielle Williams Eke, 11 Honoré’s design director, tells Brides. “Don’t feel like you have to try something new silhouette-wise. Let the details of the dress and the styling help you stand out for your special day.”
Meet the Expert
Danielle Williams Eke is the design director of the luxury size-inclusive retailer, 11 Honoré. With a specialty in extended sizes, Williams Eke pioneers patterns, fits, and silhouettes for the plus-size consumer and spearheads the design team and production of the retailer’s private label, The 11 Honoré Collection.
For a laid-back engagement party or bridal shower, Williams Eke recommends easy silhouettes like a wrap dress or fluid midis in elevated casual fabrics like stretch linen and textured organic cotton. For dressier looks suited to a rehearsal dinner or wedding-day brunch, she favors figure-accentuating fits including V-necklines, halters, and waist-cinching sheaths—as well as unique details such as ruching, asymmetric hems, or a voluminous silhouette.
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For the Bridal Shower: Mara Hoffman Adelina Dress
“This flirty off-the-shoulder midi dress by Mara Hoffman is the perfect look for a bridal shower,” Williams Eke tells Brides. “The textured organic cotton gives the dress some added interest. Pair this dress with cute espadrilles and a beautiful statement necklace to highlight your décolleté.”
For a Casual Engagement Party: 11 Honoré Chrissy Shirt Dress
“The 11 Honoré Collection shirtdress is perfect for a laid-back engagement party,” says Williams Eke. “The stretch linen is an elevated casual fabric and makes it easy to wear. This easy silhouette can be styled up with a cute wrap-heeled sandal, statement earrings, and a wide-brimmed hat. The versatility of this dress means you can also wear it for years to come!”
Best Floral Bridal Shower Dress: Dolce & Gabbana V-Neck Floral Dress with Ruching
Williams Eke says, “Make a statement at your bridal shower in this Dolce & Gabbana exploded floral dress. This femme dress features ruching making the fit extra flattering and a V-neckline that helps show a little skin. Because of the bold print, I would style this dress simply with an interesting stud earring and a sleek strappy sandal.”
Most Dramatic For Rehearsal Dinner: Carolina Herrera Raglan Mini Dress
“The rehearsal dinner calls for this chic Carolina Herrera high neck mini dress. The voluminous sleeve with tie details makes this otherwise classic shift dress silhouette stand-out,” says Williams Eke. “I love the idea of pairing this dress with a knee-high boot to accentuate the mini length, a pair of blingy earrings, and a bold lip.”
Most Unique: Azeeza Plath Dress
“Opt for a unique wedding day look with this voluminous gown by Azeeza,” Williams Eke suggests. “This 100% silk gazar dress features a high neck that ties in the back and a cascading asymmetrical hem that is sure to bring drama (the good kind) on your wedding day. The high-low hem calls for an exciting shoe, either bedazzled or in a pop color. Finish this look off with a glam drop earring.”
Looking for a size-inclusive engagement dress? We’ve answered three common questions brides-to-be have when shopping for this style.
- What is the best plus-size engagement dress? When celebrating your upcoming wedding, you’ll want to choose dresses that make you feel comfortable, elegant, and special. This can be a casual cotton midi, lace-adorned sheath, or satin maxi with pretty embellishments. It all depends on your personal preference and style of party.
- Do you have to wear a white dress for engagement celebrations? Absolutely not! White dresses are fabulous for feeling your most bridal, but floral prints, bright colors, and sequin styles are equally stylish for various events.
- How do you style an engagement dress? Every dress calls for amazing accessories—it’s all about personal preference. A pair of heels works any time of year, whether you prefer a classic and simple design or festive detailing like bows or sequins. Delicate sandals, flats, and sneakers are great for casual spring and summer moments, while stylish boots and booties are great for fall or winter parties.