Planning a wedding comes with its fair share of headaches, and we all know finding “the dress” can be one of them. Whether you love shopping or not, a purchase that monumental—both from a financial and sentimental standpoint—can be daunting!
And while it doesn't get talked about enough, the truth is that for anyone above a sample size, the task is even more challenging. As a size 12ish blogger and founder of The 12ish Style, I know firsthand that not all trends are a perfect fit for all body types. And when it comes to plus size wedding dresses, the same thinking rings true. But if you stick with one of these three universally-flattering trends spotted at this year’s Bridal Fashion Week, you can be sure you’ll look as good as you feel on the big day, whatever your shape or size!
Of course you want to look amazing, but be mindful of a secretly high maintenance dress. Even a simple silhouette that’s impeccably tailored may need to be hoisted up throughout the night if it’s not right for your body. And who wants that?! For any woman in search of fuss-free and flattering (especially those with cleavage keen to avoid a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor), a high neck silhouette is a stylish choice. To soften the look, consider an illusion neckline like those seen at Berta and Halfpenny. The overall effect is layered and feminine with just the right amount of cleavage, not to mention ultra flattering thanks to the long, lean line the high neck creates.
I’ve seen too many brides sacrifice comfort for style on their wedding day, whereas I’ve always felt you shouldn’t have to choose! Designers this season like Gemy Maalouf and Naeem Khan finally picked up on the modern woman’s desire to have the best of both worlds, sending a number of bridal jumpsuits down the runway. Count me in! Not only does a jumpsuit up the comfort factor, but depending on your body type, it might even be a more flattering choice. It provides shape and structure in ways that a dress can’t, accentuating your waist and highlighting your legs. If you don’t want your curves to get lost under an abundance of fabric, or if Solange Knowles is your spirit animal, this could be the silhouette for you!
As evidenced by styles seen at Theia and Reem Acra, the trend that’s taken the streets by storm over the past year has hit the bridal stage. And why not! The combination of an exposed shoulder and a wispy sleeve is truly flattering on all body types. Not only is a cold shoulder undeniably chic, but it also provides just enough upper arm coverage for women who don’t want to bare it all. And for brides who want to experiment with volume without adding bulk, a delicate ruffled drop-sleeve is a perfect, on-trend way to add interest (not to mention romance!).