If you’re lucky enough to be able to call yourself curvaceous then you should be celebrating your womanly figure in a gorgeous gown that will compliment your curves.
Styles to suit
There’s no particular style that suits any particular size – it really depends on your proportions. A completely straight dress, however, is unlikely to be flattering if you are curvy and it’s wise to avoid puffs and gathers too. Princess lines and A‐lines are both very flattering styles, and silks and satins are preferable to very body‐hugging material. Hourglass or Pear shape you can find out the most flattering dress for your shape in Choosing the Right Style of Wedding Dress for Your Shape.
Every bride‐to‐be has an image of how they want to look on their wedding day, and being bigger simply may not fit in with your picture of yourself as a bride. That’s why many brides‐to‐be embark on that time honoured wedding tradition – the diet.
If you’re intending to slim down for your wedding, be realistic about what you can achieve. There isn’t any point in ordering a size 12 dress for your wedding in a month’s time if you’re a size 18. Trying to squeeze into a too‐tight dress is also a mistake. Brides have to do an awful lot of moving around and wearing something uncomfortable really will spoil your day.
A sensible diet is one thing, but going on a crash diet before the wedding could leave you exhausted and unhealthy looking. Better to stick to a sensible plan and some stress‐busting exercise.
And before you diet, remember that everyone is self‐conscious when trying on dresses, regardless of their size. No one has the perfect body, but rest assured: it IS possible to find the perfect dress, no matter what shape you are.
Call stores in advance to find out exactly what is available to try on and whether they offer alterations once the dress has been ordered. Remember that samples act as rough guides – often stores have ways of fitting them around you so that you can get an idea of how the dress will look. It’s also worth looking at dresses online and making a list of which ones you’d like to try on before you go out.
If the thought of trying on wedding dresses fills you with dread, then take along a friend or your mum and make a day of it by having a special celebratory lunch out too.
Good news, bad news
The good news is that, when it comes to wedding dresses, a wider variety of larger sizes is available than you’d get in other clothes. Manufacturers seem to feel (mistakenly) that curvier women can do without a pair of jeans or a sparkly top, but that girls of all shapes and sizes need wedding dresses.
The bad news is that, due to a lack of space, bridal shops don’t have a full range of stock in every size. They carry samples on which orders are based and these come in a limited range of sizes – sometimes stopping at size 12! This means that, even though you can order a dress in a larger size, if you can’t fit into the sample in stock, it’s impossible to tell exactly what different styles will look like.
The dress of your dreams
Being curvaceous doesn’t mean you can’t get the dress of your dreams – and look fantastic in it too. The key, as with all clothes, is to find a style that suits you and to make sure it fits you perfectly. Many shops keep a variety of sample sizes, and some offer dresses up to size 28. The alternative is to have a made‐to‐measure dress which is a treat in itself. Just be sure to leave plenty of time to organise this as made to measure dresses take months.
It’s important to find a well‐fitting bra that will support you properly and also enhance your shape. It’s well worth getting measured at a lingerie specialist who will be able to advise on the correct back measurement, cup fitting and style of bra and straps for your bust. You may want to invest in something special for your wedding day (and indeed wedding night!) so a sexy basque or pretty lacy matching bra and knickers set is a must. Oh and don’t forget your garter!
The best thing about trying on wedding gowns in a bridal boutique is that you won’t have to negotiate communal changing rooms and most provide a more personal style of service which should help you feel more confident. So what are you waiting for – arrange a date, try on a dress, open the curtains and step out in style!