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Plus-Sized Gowns for the Full-Figured Bride

Posted At : December 3, 2008 5:26 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,707
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Plus-sized brides in Canada and the world over know that finding a wedding dress which not only fits, but also flatters their full figure can be a huge challenge. Finding just the right wedding gown is a feat in itself for most brides, but when you factor in the fashion industry's preference for the smallest sample sizes imaginable, the full-figured bride can feel especially left out.

Tips to Fit and Flatter a Full Physique

As with any body shape, the specific fit or cut of the dress that adorns it can accentuate or detract from its best assets. When it comes to a curvy body, one of the best silhouettes for plus-sized gowns is the A-line. With its form-fitted bodice and flared, full skirt, the A-line flatters a full-figured bride's shapely silhouette. An empire-waist gown is another style which flatters a full physique, drawing attention to the bust line, and hugging the slimmest part of the body - right above the waist. Open necklines, such as keyhole, scoop neck, square neck, or v-neck styles also draw attention to the bride's decolletage, and add balance to a shapely silhouette.

Ordering Plus-Sized Wedding Gowns

Even if you're ordering from a ready-to-wear line, plus-sized bridal gowns are sometimes considered a special order in certain boutiques. Therefore, it's best to order as early as possible in preparation for what could potentially take six months to arrive under certain circumstances.

La Belle Mariée's Plus-Sized Line

Montreal bridal boutique, La Belle Mariée offers a super-sophisticated selection of plus-sized gowns, up to size 30. The following five samples all follow the "fit and flatter a full physique" tips above, and demonstrate their dazzling design properties in action.

With its halter style and beaded bust line, this sexy satin gown fully flatters feminine curves. A bejeweled brooch/clasp at the mid-section draws attention to a cinched waist, while the remaining fabric flows elegantly to the floor in a sophisticated train. A corseted back vamps up an already fashion-forward gown. This dress comes in light gold/silver, white/silver and ivory/silver, and is also available with a beaded satin shawl.

A deep v-neck and beaded detailing along the bust line draw attention to the decolletage, while elegant flower designs skim the elongated A-line skirt. An empire waist both accentuates the bust and cinches the smallest part of the body (right above the waist) at the same time. This gown is available in white and ivory.

Super-sexy bustier boning makes this gown fitted and flattering at the waist and rib cage. The delicate, frothy skirt portion of the organza gown contrasts nicely with its more structured torso. This gown is available in white/silver and ivory/silver.

Fitted short sleeves and an open, square neck direct attention to this gown's beautiful beaded bust line. Pleating in the front of the skirt makes a memorable impression, while a square cut and v-dip at the back, which points to the train of floral designs, adds an elegant touch. This satin gown is available in white and ivory.

The straight-across cut on the bodice of this strapless number combined with its A-line skirt give this gown a sleek silhouette of clean lines. Embroidery trailing down the back and at the hem of the train add a true touch of femininity, and ensure that this gown stands out in a sea of other strapless frocks during wedding season. This gown comes in white and ivory, and is available with a beaded satin shawl.

Story by G. Melanson

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