Elegant Plus Size Dresses to Wear to a Wedding

As spring and summer roll in, you can be sure of three things: sunshine, flowers, and lots of weddings. If you’ve received a wedding invitation and need something new for the nuptials, here are some pretty plus-size dresses to wear to a wedding.Wedding Guest Plus Size Coral


1. Capelet Dress

If it’s been a while since you bought a dress for a wedding or any other special occasion, you may not have a clue where to start. What’s in style, and what works best for plus-size figures? One of the most popular styles in the last while has been the capelet dress. It consists of a classic sheath with a bit of flowy chiffon across the bust to the waist. The chiffon can be on an angle, like the dress above, or cut straight across at the waist, but either way, it creates a very light, airy, elegant look.

This pretty apricot cocktail has some interesting shutter pleats that give it extra style, but if that’s too much detail for you, other capelet dresses without them are also just as lovely.

As for accessories, here’s a tip: the best color for a light pastel dress like this is nude shoes. A dark shoe would create too much contrast and weigh the dress down. Instead of seeing the dress, you’d see the dark shoes first, and they would serve as a stopping point for the eye, making your legs look stubby. If you want to look taller and slimmer, a nude shoe is a way to go because it elongates your legs.

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2. Floral Sheath

In spring and summer, you can never go wrong wearing a floral dress to a wedding. Florals are happy, romantic, and totally appropriate for a wedding. Many of us have been told never to wear white to a wedding, but when you have a dress with white background and florals as bright, bold, and cheery as these, the dress reads colorful, not white, so that it would be fine.

Try to pick up one of the colors in the dress when you are picking out your handbag. That adds a modern touch. Of course, a clutch always looks most chic for a wedding.

Block heel sandals look elegant and are very comfy. They’re also super practical for weddings that may be outdoor or having the cocktail reception on a patio or grass area. No high heels getting stuck in patio tones, grass, or a wooden deck!

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3. Lace Dress

Have you ever owned a lace dress? Here’s your chance. You can find many cute plus sizes of dresses for a wedding in lace. Lace is a trendy choice because it is feminine and romantic. For a modern look, pick a lace dress that is simple, streamlined, and unfussy. Lace and a lot of layers and froufrou are going to look old-fashioned and heavy. A simple lace sheath dress style, shift dress style, fit, and flare style is most elegant and slimming.

A note on jewelry – Weddings are sophisticated affairs, even more, casual ones. Bring out your finest jewelry like gold, silver, diamonds, and special gemstones. Leave chunky costume jewelry for everyday outfits.

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4 thoughts on “Elegant Plus Size Dresses to Wear to a Wedding

  1. I have a mulberry-colored A-line wrap dress that I will wear to an evening wedding at an upscale hotel. It has a rhinestone buckle accent at the waistline. What kind of pumps would go best with it?

    1. Hi Ginny, I love mulberry. It’s such a rich, beautiful color, and since you have a pretty rhinestone buckle, how about a silver shoe? Silver is considered neutral and would also look pretty, echoing the clip. Other choices could be gold, navy, or black (although black might look too heavy with mulberry depending on the shoe.) Try a few and remember the shoe should coordinate with the dress, not overpower it. Have a wonderful time!

  2. These are beautiful choices for a wedding. The options are cheerful, tasteful, and flattering to most full figures. I recently attended a wedding and wore a similar dress with very short sleeves. I didn’t like my arms, so I carried a light and slightly lacy shawl to cover this area. I felt so elegant and flirty -especially while dancing!

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