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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Bridesmaids Dresses in Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report  Elegant plus size bridesmaid dresses with clean, simple lines in a range of colors and lengths hand selected by the Elegant Plus Style Editor especially for full figured women participating in weddings.  Melissa McCarthy made the plus size bridesmaid famous.  The fact is, she's in many weddings and needs a beautiful plus size bridesmaid dress to match the rest of the wedding party.  This collection in sizes to fit even the most voluptuously proportioned woman includes on trend, stylish selections.

 

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Beaded Color Block Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress, Sizes 0-32 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mermaid Gown, Size 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Corset Bodice Gown , Sizes 16-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jenny Yoo, Tulle Gown, Sizes 0-24W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Pick
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Mermaid Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Corset Gown
Size 16 - 26W

Jenny Yoo
Tulle Gown
Size 0 - 24W

Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses Report
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Bridesmaids dresses tend to be simpler with cleaner lines than many other formal dresses; after all, the bridesmaids are supposed to be the foil for the bride on her big day! Dresses can sometimes be difficult to find for plus size bridesmaids, especially if the wedding party comes in a range of shapes and sizes and needs matching dresses.

They can range from full length gowns to cocktail length dresses, depending on the formality of the wedding.  Brides planning informal, outdoor weddings sometimes choose less formal social dresses in materials such as cotton for bridesmaid dresses, although usually fabrics, like wedding dresses, are formal.  Satin and taffeta dresses have more structure, while softer lines are achieved with lace, tulle, and chiffon. Occasionally a plus-size bridesmaid may express a wish for a dress with sleeves.

The most popular vintage silhouettes are classic mid-20th century in origin, although theme weddings can use anything from gothic inspired Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones styles to Deco inspired Great Gatsby styles of the Jazz Age.  More casual, bohemian weddings can even opt for simpler maxi dresses.

In recent years color rules for bridesmaid dresses have relaxed significantly, even for very formal weddings, with bright colors such as red and orange becoming more common, along with black, floral prints, or, even, in some of the most modern and progressive weddings: white.  Pastel shades still dominate at spring and summer weddings, while richer jewel tones are popular choices during the cooler fall and winter months.  Light tints in unexpected shades such as dove grey and honey gold are also options.This gives brides even more flexibility and ability to plan wedding schemes that truly reflect their personalities.

Some dresses need crinolines to achieve the desired silhouette, while all formalwear requires the proper undergarments and shapewear.

Plus-Size Bridesmaids Dress Internet Shopping Resources

Sometimes the most challenging thing for a bride organizing a large, formal wedding with many bridesmaids is finding dresses in sizes to fit an entire range from super skinny to plus-size.  Blue Gala is a formalwear superstore that can help with just that.  The size finder in the side bar is available for size 0 to 18, but the fact is that many of the size 18 dresses are also available larger, sometimes as large as 30.  The search trick we recommend is to browse using size 18 as the narrowing parameter, and sorting from there.

Nordstrom has also gone out of its way to offer classic bridesmaid dress styles in their entire size range from 0 to 24W.  The style selection is often limited to those with very simple lines, but a range of colors are usually included.  Those who want a vintage vibe that is a little more casual will want to look into the special occasion dresses available through ModCloth which is getting more and more options in extended sizes 3X, 4X, and 5X.

Those on tight budgets will find the best selection at some of the direct-from-manufacturer formal wear websites that generally offer size 2 to 26W, with small fees for alterations for things like dress lengths.  Most styles are available in many colors making wedding planning easy.   Order time is generally much shorter than most local bridal shops, with free global shipping often arriving in only a few weeks. We recommend Light in the Box, Amor Moda, and Izi Dress.

Finishing Touches

Formal dresses of all silhouettes need the appropriate undergarments and shape wear worn underneath in order to achieve the smoothest, most structured looks.  This is true for women of all shapes and sizes. Classic Shapewear offers one of the largest and most diverse inventories available on the internet with sizes available up to 8X. 

Many celebrities and models swear by Spanx which offers both body shapers and control top hosiery in size S to 3X.  Some famous women have been quoted in the press as admitting to wearing multiple layers of Spanx to some of their most important red carpet appearances.

Many full-figured women wear hard-to-find sizes for items such as strapless bras to go under bare formal dress styles.  Both Bare Necessities and Her Room regularly offer a wide range of options in more voluptuous sizes, in addition to plus specialty retailer Lane Bryant which has consistently offered some of the best fitting plus-size bras on the market with their Cacique line.

For shoes, designer options can be a treat for such special events.  Major department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue have some of the best options for true luxury lovers. 

Sites such as Luisa via Roma are also official outlets for the entire runway collections of some of the most famous world designers.  Those on more modest budgets will find the best selection of sizes and styles available from shoe retailers such as Zappos and Shoe Buy.
 

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Column Gown, Sizes 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Pick
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Short Sleeve Gown, Sizes 14-34 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Retro Party Dress, Size XS-4X | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Knot Back Dress, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Column Gown
Size 2 - 26 W
Custom Sizes Available

Short Sleeve Gown
Size 14 - 34

Retro Party Dress
Size XS - 4X

Knot Back Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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Satin Sheath Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Swing Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Size 0-36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jewel Neck Chiffon Gown, Size 0 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Satin Sheath Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Floral Swing Dress
Size S - 3X

Lace Dress
Size 0 - 36W

Jewel Neck Chiffon Gown
Size 0 - 24

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One Shoulder Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick
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Jersey Maxi Dress, Size 1X-5X| ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Lace Skater Dress, Size 14-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral BodyCon Dress, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
 

One Shoulder Gown
Size 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

Jersey Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 5X

Lace Skater Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Floral BodyCon Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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Chiffon Dress, Size 2 - 26W| ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Swing Dress, Size 12-28W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Ribbon Gown, Size 6-24W| ElegantPlus.com Bridemaid Dress Editor's Pick

Strapless Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Swing Dress
Size 12 - 28W

Lace Ribbon Gown
Size 6 - 24W

Strapless Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

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One Shoulder Dress, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Picks

Lace Dress, Sizes 2-26 | ElegantPlus.com Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses Picks
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Sheath Dress, Sizes 2-26 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Dress, Size 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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One Shoulder Dress
Size  14 - 24W

Lace Dress
Sizes 2 - 26
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Sheath Dress
Size 2 - 26

Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

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