Short Wedding Dresses: Hot Trend for Full Figured Brides

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Over forty million ladies in today’s modern society wear a size fourteen or larger. This fact has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for plus size wedding dresses that are both fashionable and stylish. Currently, short wedding dresses are highly popular among plus size consumers. This is so because the cocktail length dress, that comes down to the knee, is one of the most flattering lengths on fuller figures. Curvier women tend to have great legs, and shorter dresses show them off, drawing attention to them and away from other areas that tend to be more troublesome, like waists and hips.

Together with a jump in demand for plus size wedding dresses, there’s been a rise in supply. Today there are a lot of options from which to choose in this category.

Below are some styles that prospective brides should consider when shopping for such a dress:

Strapless Styles

Contrary to what certain consumers may believe, full figured women can wear strapless styles and look great. As long as adequate support is available in the bust area, this type of dress is an ideal choice. A shrug or shawl can be added to the dress for a beautiful finishing touch. This makes it an option that is both attractive and practical.

Cocktail Dresses

Sexy plus size cocktail dresses can look wonderful on full figured ladies. For example, a low cut, log sleeved, white lace knee-length cocktail dress would be an attractive option for any woman. Brides-to-be should keep in mind that V-necks and fitted waists flatter fuller figures.

A-Line Gowns

A timeless, clean silhouette flatters virtually all body types. Also referred to as a princess line style, plus size wedding dresses in this category are fitted through the hips and bodice and then gradually flare out to a widening skirt. The A-line gown can subtly camouflage wide hips, as well as create the illusion of an elongated frame. An off-the-shoulder neckline is a particularly nice choice in this category. For additional coverage, a basic sheer lace shrug can be added, featuring short sleeves for summer or full-length sleeves for a winter ceremony.

Romantic Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Those who desire a traditional romantic wedding gown should consider a dress with a full skirt. A short wedding gown with such a skirt is perfect for full figured women who have an hourglass shape. Also referred to as a ballerina skirt, this type of dress features a voluminous layered appearance. It draws attention away from the hips, by creating a flattering contrast between its fitted bodice and full skirt.

The Traditional Empire Waist

An empire waistline creates length and draws attention from the midsection. For the full figured woman who has a small bust, this kind of waistline is an ideal choice, as it balances her figure in an elegant way. This style of dress creates a faux waist that sets directly under the bust a few inches above the natural waistline. The result is the illusion of length, which can offer an effective camouflage for one’s midsection.

The time for tent-like, shapeless clothes for full figured ladies is over. Brides-to-be can now look as stylish in plus size wedding dresses as those who wear petite sizes. With most professionals in the fashion industry noticing the increasing demand for such dresses, each coming season will continue to bring a broad range of options for fashion conscious brides.

RAFAEL ARRIAGA