8 Fashion Tips For the Plus Size Mother of the Bride
It can be difficult to shop for wedding wear as a plus size mother of the bride. Us larger ladies are not treated well by the High Street when it comes to plus size ladies fashion. But your daughter’s big day is coming up, and you want to glide through the day with confidence. So, to help you find the perfect dress for your daughter’s special day, I’ve put together 8 fashion tips for the plus size mother of the bride.
1. Accentuate Your Assets
At Tia Tia, we know that big is beautiful. We love our customers and we’re proud to be plus size ladies ourselves. So, we know the importance of showing off your best features. Are you particularly proud of your legs? Or maybe you want to show off your arms. Whatever your favourite feature is, make sure you find a dress that’s cut to show it off.
2. Flatter Your ‘Less-Loved’ Areas
We definitely don’t believe in hiding any part of your body at Tia Tia. I will not refer to any part of a plus size ladies body as a ‘problem area.’ But maybe there are some areas that you don’t love as much as the rest of your body.
Plus size ladies are beautiful and should be celebrated as such! But it’s also important to feel confident in whatever you choose to wear to your daughter’s big day. You should consider the cut of the dress you choose, and use it to your advantage. For example, if you’re unhappy with your upper arms, try opting for a dress with a shawl, or a loose sleeve to take attention away from this area, like this beautiful plus size mother of the bride dress from Personal Choice. Notice how an elegant cape-style sleeve draws attention away from the arms altogether, and instead accentuates the hips and thighs.
3. Comfort. Comfort. Comfort.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to be comfortable during a wedding. Sure, a dress may look great and make you feel amazing when you try it on. But weddings span an entire day and carry on until the late evening. If the dress you choose isn’t comfortable to wear, then you’re not going to be focusing on how special the wedding day is for your family, and enjoying it to the fullest. Make sure to consider how the fabric breathes, what the weather will be like on the day, how the dress moves and whether it’s likely to be restrictive or tight.
4. Consider a Trouser Suit if Dresses Really Aren’t For You
You should never be afraid to switch things up! If you’re not comfortable in a dress, there are plenty of great trouser suit options for the plus size mother of the bride. And you can still keep a feminine touch by adding a flowing shawl or drape to the suit, and pairing with some dazzling accessories. The option shown below is one of the many Lewis Henry trouser suits available at the Tia Tia boutique for the plus size lady.
5. Feel Pretty in Patterns
One of the most common misconceptions I hear is that plus size women should avoid patterns or bold pieces. I cannot stress enough how incorrect this is! You just have to find a pattern that works for you. At the Tia Tia boutique, we simply don’t do boring clothing. All of our clothing is bold and beautiful, and most importantly, all plus size. Finding the right pattern for you can be the difference between blending into the background and taking centre stage in the wedding photos.
Check out this helpful plus size pattern guide to find out what might work best for you and your body!
6. Think Style Over Season
When shopping for a plus size wedding outfit, you don’t really need to think so much about ‘what’s in season,’ or ‘what the current fashion is.’ Just pick something that works for you. The truth is, everything is in season! If there’s a colour that suits you and that you like, go for it! It’s more important to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing than to choose something because it’s ‘in fashion.’
7. Consider All Angles
Another thing to think about when shopping for plus size mother of the bride dresses is, what does the outfit look like from other angles? Sure, the wedding portrait shots will be front-facing, but what about the action shots? You want to be sure the outfit looks as great from the side or the back as it does at the front, because you never know when a wedding photographer might be snapping!
8. Avoid Shopping Online
As difficult as it is to shop for plus size ladies fashion on the High Street, it can be even more of a challenge when shopping online. Ladies’ sizes and styles can vary considerably, so you can never really be sure that you’re going to end up with a dress that suits you. Yes, you can use online clothing retailers to get some inspiration. But shopping online doesn’t come with helpful advice and recommendations from someone who knows plus size fashion and will take the time to understand you and your needs.
Want More Plus Size Mother of the Bride Fashion Tips?
If you want to learn more about what style suits you, or if you’re looking for some beautiful plus size dresses, why not pop into the Tia Tia boutique or contact us for a chat? At Tia Tia, we offer a truly personalised and bespoke service for the plus sized lady. We hand pick all of our garments with our customers in mind. And we’re always going above and beyond for our plus size ladies, to help them find the perfect dress for any occasion.