A Guide to Plus Sizes for Mother of the Bride & Groom

It’s time to start shopping for the big day! If you’re a mother of the bride/groom, you’re going to need something fabulous to wear. But where to start? Bridal magazines and blogs are brimming with ideas for what’s on trend, but the most popular styles don’t necessarily suit everyone.

Rather than following fashion trends, it’s much more important to find something that flatters you and your body shape. You want to feel comfortable and confident at the wedding, from holding back the tears in the ceremony to all those photographs taken later on.

Here then is our handy guide to help you find a figure-flattering plus size outfit that will make you feel simply fabulous (but not too fabulous – you don’t want to upstage the bride after all.)

blue plus size dress

Look and feel fabulous on your daughter’s wedding day in an outfit you feel comfortable in.

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Dress for your Body Shape

The first step to figure-flattering dressing for the wedding is to identify your body shape. These are split into five distinct shapes, namely apple, pear, hourglass, inverted triangle or straight up and down.

All of these shapes are natural and beautiful, so don’t be afraid to take an honest look in the mirror and pick the best one for your shape. It’ll help you find the right shapes and styles to suit you. Here are some tips:

  • Apple. If you’re larger around the bust and middle, with slender arms and legs, we advise wearing a scooped or v-neckline to lengthen the appearance of the torso. Slightly A-line jackets, which finish at the hip, are great for defining your waist. Other top tips include geometric prints, vertical patterns and A-line dresses with a gentle silhouette to smooth out any lumps and bumps. A wrap dress is ideal, offering a flattering neckline and the chance to show off great legs. Avoid boxy jackets, pencil skirts and fussy details around the bust and waist.
  • Pear. Ladies who are larger on the bottom half may want to aim for a more proportional silhouette, using structured jackets, wide necklines (i.e. boat or square) and dresses and skirts which skim over the heaviest areas. Fit and flare dresses and A-line skirts are a great choice, while slim cut trousers and snug-fitting skirts are best avoided as they draw attention to the bottom half of your body.
  • Hourglass. An hourglass shape is defined by a full bust and hips, with a neat waistline and weight distributed fairly evenly between the top and bottom. You can flatter your already balanced figure with simple, streamlined silhouettes, with cuts that follow the natural lines of your body. Top picks include wrap dresses, peplums and shaped jackets, as well as high-waisted skirts and empire-waisted pieces. Avoid anything too frilly or fussy, along with oversized shapes that will swamp your figure.
  • Inverted triangle. If you have broad shoulders and your body slims towards the hips, you can create a sense of balance by accentuating your lower half. You can do this with wide-leg trousers, A-line skirts, fit and flare dresses and V-necklines. Slim-cut trousers are best avoided as they could make hips and legs look even slimmer in comparison to your top half, while wide neck styles can make your upper frame seem broader. Remember, it’s all about balance and proportion.
  • Straight. If the lines of your body run straight up and down, you can use some clever tricks in your outfit to create curves in all the right places. Anything that accentuates the waistline will look gorgeous, including V-neck tops (which draw the eye downwards), deep-scoop necks and soft, feminine detailing. A peplum top or detail would work really well, as will pairing your outfit with dangling jewellery which draws the eye away from your middle.
blue plus size trouser suit

Loosely-fitted trouser suits accessorised with the likes of scarves and pearls can be a fabulous choice for plus size mother of the brides.

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Go for a Perfect Fit

Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable at the wedding, so it’s completely up to you how much of your curves you show off. However, it would perhaps be a mistake to wear too many layers or opt for boxy or voluminous shapes in order to hide your natural figure. These run the risk of making you look larger than you are, while a dress or outfit that fits you perfectly will show off your gorgeous shape at its best.

 

It’s all about Balance and Proportion

The key to a winning wedding look is balance. The aim is for your figure to look in proportion. It’s less about hiding anything – after all, your body is perfect just as it is – and more about toning down some features as you accentuate others.

We all have parts of our bodies that we’re not overly keen on, just like we have others that we’re proud of and want to show them off. If you have great legs, fabulous hair, a tiny waist, curvy hips or a tremendous bust, why not choose an outfit that makes the most of these features.

There are lots of ways you can create a balanced sense of proportion in your shape, and it’s often about tricking or diverting the eye. Fashion gives us lots of tools to do this, from pattern and prints to necklines and cuts. Layering makes all the difference, which is why choosing the right jacket or outer layer is so important with mother of the bride looks. And jewellery and accessories help too, particularly when it comes to headwear, hair accessories and of course, shoes.

plus size below knee length skirt

Below knee-length skirts with kitten heels and a flamboyant hat can make an eye-catching statement at your daughter’s wedding

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Getting the Right Foundations

The right underwear can work wonders when it comes to plus size mother of the bride looks. With a good bra that fits you properly, and underwear that perhaps cinches in your tummy or waist (but not so much that you feel uncomfortable), your dress or outfit will look even more amazing. The right underwear can smooth out lumps and bumps, create a beautiful silhouette and make you feel more confident too.

For a full choice of perfect plus size mother of the bride fashion and formal wear, take some time browsing our wonderful collection here at Compton House of Fashion. We have styles to flatter every shape, and the right accessories to complete the look.