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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides & 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 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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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ TB Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

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

Strapless Draped Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress, Size 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress, Size 4 - 20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jenny Yoo, Strapless Chiffon Gown, Size 0 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Pick
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Strapless Draped Chiffon
Size 2 - 26W

Fit & Flare Dress
Size 4 - 20W

Strapless Chiffon Gown
Size 0 - 24W

Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dress Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

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.
 

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Color Block Dress, Sizes 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Pick
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Placed Floral Print Midi Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Embroidered Floral Tulle Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Color Block Dress
Size 2 - 26 W
Custom Sizes Available

Placed Floral Print Midi Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Embroidered Floral Tulle Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Izi Dress

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Chiffon Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Chiffon Dress, Size 2 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick
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Floral Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Floral Swing Dress, Size 12 - 28W| ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick

Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 28W

Floral Halter Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Cotton Floral Swing Dress
Size 12 - 28W

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.  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.  A selection of David's Bridal more simple and classic styles are available for internet order via Amazon.

Plus specialty bridal retailer Sydney's Closet carries a selection of more formal looks, some of which are appropriate for the wedding party with the largest size range available from 14 to 40W.  Meanwhile, Dillard's is stocking more upscale designer labels in formalwear. Although styles are mainly more modest with sleeves and jackets, some youthful styles from designers such as Mori Lee, Terani Couture, Adrianna Papell, and Mac Duggal are available in sizes up to 28W.

Those who want a vintage vibe 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.  Classic vintage styles are also available from eShakti with all styles available in their full size range from 0 to 36W, and for a small fee customizations such as hem length, necklines, and sleeves can be altered to suit individual preferences and heights.  Meanwhile British newcomer, Asos, has some gorgeous options in fresh, youthful, yet sophisticated styles at moderate price points for sizes up to 24W.  Act quickly here as sizes and styles do sell out.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Upscale Women's Fashion @ Lord & Taylor

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @  SWAK

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Sydney's Closet

Tadashi Shoji, Lace Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Metallic Lace Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Strapless Chiffon Dress, Size 16 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Metallic Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Strapless Chiffon Dress
Size 16 - 28W

Budget Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

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 and Izi Dress.

Other budget spots include Target which carries a line of classic chiffon bridesmaid dresses in size 4 to 28W, and Amazon which has an increasing number of value priced party dresses in sizes as large as 30W.  Inexpensive social, cocktail, and evening dresses are regularly available from Dress Barn with a more extensive inventory available on-line than in most stores.  Designer collaborations with Carmen Marc Valvo and Heidi Weisel are sometimes available at a fraction the retail costs of their top shelf lines, providing some extra pizzazz to the collections here in size 4 to 24W.

Less formal styles such as jersey maxi dresses, and the occasional lace dress, can be found in size 1X to 6X at SWAK.  The dress selection Torrid can also turn up more casual styles in size XL to 5X.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ David's Bridal

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

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Satin Strapless Gown,  Size 2 - 26W| ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Blush Chiffon Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Fit Flare Dress, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Bridemaid Dress Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Peach Chiffon Gown, Size 0 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Satin Strapless Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Blush Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Fit & Flare Dress
Size 16 - 22W

One Shoulder
Peach Chiffon Gown

Size 0 - 18

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. Her Room  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 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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Retro Mint Tulle Dress, Size 2X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Picks

Lemon Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26 | ElegantPlus.com Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses Picks
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Color Block Mermaid Gown, Sizes 2-26 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Halter Chiffon Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mint Tulle Dress
Size 2X - 4X

Lemon Chiffon Gown
Sizes 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

Color Block Mermaid Gown
Size 2 - 26

Chiffon Halter Dress
Size 2 - 26W

 

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