My daughter is getting married, and I would like to look fabulous. I hope to lose a few pounds before the big day, but realistically I will never be skinny. Can you suggest some slimming, elegant plus size Mother of the Bride dresses? Thanks, June
I’m so glad you aren’t setting unrealistic goals that you must achieve before this special day. Many women wait until the last minute to get a mother of the bride or mother of the groom dress thinking they will lose a lot of weight, but they never do.
As a result, they go through a terrible time trying to find a dress that fits, let alone one that they like. The best thing to do is accept the weight you are and order your dress ahead of time. If you do drop a few pounds, then have your dress taken in.
It doesn’t matter what you weigh. So long as you choose a style that works with your body, you will look gorgeous in your dress. Here are some beautiful options.
1. Plus Size Mother of the Bride, Groom Gowns
The Mother of the Bride and Groom are very special positions, and many moms want to honor that by going all out and wearing long, formal gown. Plus size moms should be on the lookout for gowns that are soft and flowing, and that gently drape and flow over their curves.
Ruching over the tummy or across the bust can help hide trouble spots and create a fabulously look. Above are some elegant options that will make you look like a movie star!
2. Short Cocktail Dresses
A short cocktail dress is also a popular choice for Mother of the Bride or Groom, especially if the wedding is not ultra formal, or you have great legs and want to show them off! The bonus is you can wear a cocktail dress again for any kind of personal or business event that calls for dressy.
3. Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses with Jackets
Many larger women are self-conscious about their arms not being as firm as they would like them to be. That’s why plus size mother of the bride dresses with sleeves are so popular. But another option is a sleeveless dress + cover-up.
Plus size mother of the bride dresses with jackets are for gals who prefer a sleeker, more tailored look. They are classy and refined. Don’t be surprised to find a lot of lace plus size mother of the bride dresses with jackets. They’re a popular trend.
4. Tea Length
Plus size mother of the bride dresses in a Tea length, or 3/4 length, are conservative and ladylike. They are a nice compromise between a formal full-length gown and a short cocktail dress and are favored by moms who want to show off a little leg.
Solid colored tea length mother of the bride dresses with beading or lace are lovely, but print tea length mother of the bride/groom dresses are also popular. Prints can be a nice change when everyone else is in a solid, and work well for morning weddings and early afternoon weddings or weddings in less formal settings.
2. Black Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Yes, you can wear black as MOB or MOG. Just make sure the bride is o.k. with it. Black is actually quite elegant, and we all know it can make you look ten pounds thinner, which is a bonus. Some brides have no problem with their mom or future mother-in-law wearing black while others feel black is a negative or sad statement. Honor the bride!
6. Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses with Sleeves
I mentioned that sleeveless Mother of the Bride dresses with jackets are popular with plus size gals, but the other way to camouflage jiggly arms is to simply wear a dress with sleeves. Look for dresses with elbow length sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves or a full-length sleeves.
Short sleeves and cap sleeves end too high up on the arm and exaggerate flabby arms. You should also make sure sleeves look light and airy, not solid and heavy. Choose chiffon sleeves or lace sleeves, slit sleeves or sequinned sleeves. These are better than long, solid cloth sleeves which look and feel hot and heavy. The best plus size mother of the bride dresses with sleeves have a light and airy look and feel about them.
7. Plus Size Mother of the Bride Pantsuits
If you never wear dresses and prefer to wear pants, go for all one color, dressy pantsuit that is soft and drapey. It should have the fluid look and feel of a Mother of the Bride gown. Avoid anything stiff or tailored. You should float down the aisle in that pantsuit. You’ll find lots of Mother of the Bride Pantsuits at Amazon.
What are you planning to wear as the Mother of the Bride or Groom? Send me a professional photograph of you at the wedding, and I will post. Photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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