Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bombshell Bridesmaids

Few bridesmaids have a choice in the dress they wear; so let me appeal to those brides who are contemplating their choice of bridal party gear: choosing cute dresses for your best friends will not diminish your own beauty on your big day. No need to torture the girls who stand up beside you, especially if they are size 14+.

When I got married, my bridal party was comprised of women ranging in sizes from 8-26. It was important to me to find a dress that each woman would feel beautiful in. According to them, my mission was accomplished. I chose an extremely simple style (see below) in black.
It's from Davids Bridal, which is a great resource for dresses up to size 26. If you want to find one dress available in straight and plus sizes, David's Bridal (or a comparable bridal boutique) is the way to go. Black A-line is not every bride's taste, though - lucky for you, DB has a ton of great options at really reasonable prices. How cute is this one? The coral shade would look amazing in late spring, early summer. And the bodice is gorgeous - just enough embellishment to make any bridesmaid feel special, without being over the top. I especially like the way the dress is full and swishy without adding additional bulk to curvy hips.

If you don't want all of your bridesmaids to wear the exact same dress, you'll find a lot of really great options at retail stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. Now, before you start envisioning yards of beige pleated jersey and matching beaded jackets, take a look at this:


This JS Boutique Beaded Mesh beauty (available in Eggplant, shown, Chocolate and Black) comes in sizes 14-24. Any bridesmaid would be lucky to dance the reception away in this dress. And she might even wear it again!

Here's one more that I love love love - it's a Robbie Bee sleeveless dress in raspberry, with a subtle animal print belted waist. The straps are wide enough to carry a full bra, which is nice for Bombshells with larger busts.

Photos courtesy of David's Bridal and Neiman Marcus. Top wedding dress shown from Igigi.

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