I’ve just read an interesting article by Julie Sabatino at iVillage.com looking at the problems brides face when searching for a plus-sized wedding dress. The first problem she identifies is actually being able to try on a dress. Stores frequently stock sample gowns in US size 10 but as bridalwear runs small, the actual size is closer to a US size 6. This is immediately discouraging, despite designers usually offering dresses up to a size 22, but again there’s a snag. The extra fabric comes with an extra cost but then, wouldn’t you rather wear a gown that fits than one uncomfortably small?
Sabatino then goes on to identify the dress shapes that are most flattering to plus-sized women and suggest the fabrics that are best which include stiffer materials such as duchesse satin, taffeta and silk shantung. She recommends avoiding flimsy fabrics like crepe and chiffon because they cling exactly where they shouldn’t.