There are various styles of plus size bridal gowns but it is important to find one that is going to best flatter your figure and which styles to avoid when dress shopping.
First and foremost, you will want to find a dress which is not going to add weight or width to your figure; look for something that is going to be slimming to you. The typical wedding dress silhouettes which work for most plus size figures are the A-line wedding gown style and the princess wedding gown style.
Front details that are asymmetrical on plus size bridal gowns will work wonders when it comes to slimming down your figure. It will direct a person's concentration away from your trouble areas. This style has proven to be a favorite among many plus-size brides who have loved how it instantly slims and shapes their figures.
A wedding dress in an empire style is good if your bust is not prominent seeing as this style is excellent for drawing attention to the bust area. It is also a great style for disguising a thick waist and it is excellent for shorter brides who wish to give the illusion of height.
A sheath wedding dress works best on balanced figures with a defined waist. The mermaid style of dress can work for you if you are just a little full-figured; have a defined waistline, balanced proportions and the height. Ensure all the patterns on your dress such as embroidery, appliques and lace motif or attached accessories like rosettes are scaled to your size.
Stay away from plus size bridal gowns with details that are too small as they might seem too dainty for your figure. This could mean designs in the fabric or lace or in the form of tiny print. Any style that adds width such as tiered skirts or ruffles on your plus size bridal gown should be avoided. Details on the dress near the hem and in the bodice pull focus. If you have an outstanding bust, you might not want any details on the bust line or bodice area to avoid drawing attention to this area.
Identify which gown silhouette best enhances your figure and knowing your body shape can help you determine which styles of bridal gowns will de-emphasize the negative and emphasize the positive. Aside from the main body shapes: hourglass, rectangle, busty/inverted triangle and pear shape, there is also the square shape and the apple shape
Square and apple shapes can best be dressed in princess-line silhouettes and A-line silhouettes. Bridal gowns with an empire waist also work if there is sufficient fullness to hide the stomach and waist areas. If you have a protruding stomach, an empire waist wedding dress can call attention to or hide it. It all depends on the placement of the raised seam of the waistline and the fabrics used.
Waist cinchers and body slimmers can cinch in your waist and flatten your stomach making you look shapelier and more toned. You would be surprised how wearing the right innerwear or shapewear can do wonders for your figure in selecting the bridal gown of your dreams.