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Ask Kate: Bridesmaid dress dilemma

August 24, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


My question is really about my step daughter-to-be who will be a bridesmaid along with my 11 year old daughter. My step-daughter-to-be is very large in the bust department – 38H. I am struggling to find a style which I feel will suit her and as her dad says “not be revealing”. I think her body shape is rectangle although she is broad of shoulder. Any ideas gratefully received.



This is such a common problem! Don’t worry, the current trend to choose a colour for your bridesmaids and then let them select a dress most suited to their figure shape will really help you out here! There are so many choices available, and your daughter-in-law may know what suits her frame best.  If not, consult my advice for finding A Dress for Every Body Shape. For some bridesmaid dress ideas and inspiration please visit the Bridesmaid Showcase and for dresses of all shapes and shades, I recommend Dessy. Alternatively, if you would like your bridesmaids in a similar style, a bias cut dress with a cowl neck will suit both shapes whilst remaining sophisticated without being too revealing.



Kate x

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