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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 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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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Amor Moda

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Bari Jay @ alight

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

Tulle Strapless Dress, Sizes 0-24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size 0 - 24

Chiffon Midi Bridesmaid Dress, Size 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Strapless Chiffon Gown , Sizes 16-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Monique Lhuillier, Strapless Bridesmaid Dress, Sizes 0-24W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Pick
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Bluegala.com Hottest Dresses Around

Chiffon Midi Bridesmaid Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Strapless Chiffon Gown
Size 16 - 28W

Monique Lhuillier
Strapless Dress
Size 0 - 24W

Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses 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.
 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Party Dresses @ Light in the Box

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Alyce Formalwear @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro & Vintage Modern Clothing @ ModCloth

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro and Vintage Dresses @ eShakti

Color Block Bridesmaid Dress, Sizes 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Pick
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Strapless Gown, Sizes 14-30| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Pink Lace Dress, Size 0 - 30 | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

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

Color Block Bridesmaid Dress
Size 2 - 26 W
Custom Sizes Available

Strapless Gown
Size 14 - 30

Pink Lace Dress
Size 0 - 30

Dupion Dress
Size 0 - 36W

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Target

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Junior Party Dresses @ Deb Shops

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

Hi Low Chiffon Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Cap Sleeve Dress, Size 4 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick
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One Shoulder Hi Low Dress, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick

Chiffon Hi Low Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Chiffon Cap Sleeve Dress
Size 4 - 28W

One Shoulder Hi Low Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Dress
Size XL - 5X

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. Their sister website, alight, specializes in plus-size fashion with a growing collection of unique and special formal dresses and gowns for a wide variety of occasions in size 14 to 30W.

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.

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.  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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Bridesmaid Dresses @ TB Dress

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Amor Moda

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Asos Curve

Flutter Sleeve Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick
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Lace Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Satin Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Illusion Bodice Gown, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Flutter Sleeve Gown
Size 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

Lace Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Satin Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 24W

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, Amor Moda, and Izi Dress.

Other budget spots include Target which carries a line of classic chiffon bridesmaid dresses in size 4 to 28W, and Deb Shops which is a junior trendy spot that carries party dresses all year in size 0 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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Midnight Velvet

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

Chiffon Dress, Size 2 - 26W| ElegantPlus.com Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Faviana, Floral Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Ribbon Gown, Size 6-24W| ElegantPlus.com Bridemaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Plus-Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Faviana
Floral Print Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Lace Ribbon Gown
Size 6 - 24W

Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

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.

 

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Party Dresses @ Light in the Box

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formal Gowns @ TB DRESS

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

Strapless Tulle 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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Strapless Ruffled Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Strapless Tulle Dress
Sizes 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

Sheath Dress
Size 2 - 26

Strapless Ruffled Dress
Size 2 - 26W

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