Finding a plus-size wedding gown can be difficult: unless you’re a professional stylist or guest on What Not To Wear, it’s hard to know which silhouettes are slimming and which actually make you look bigger. Choosing a reception dress, too? Almost out of the question. Not anymore: not only did we find 5 gorgeous reception dress style (sizes 2-24), but we also compiled some no-fail tips (like did you know Saks has a whole section of plus designer gowns?).
Editors’ Pick: this David Meister Salon Z Beaded Metallic dress ($342.99, down from $490).
Attention label lovers: Saks and Nordstrom carry designer plus size gowns (from David Meister to Tadashi Shoji) up to size 24. David’s Bridal is not the only plus size retailer anymore.
Avoid tiered, gathered or bunched styles that actually make you look wider. Instead, look for ruching, draping or other figure-forming techniques that create a waist, and accentuate your best part.
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