The Plus Size Bride
Many of you know by now that I am getting hitched this year! It’s a big huge thing that is taking up so much of my time, but it’s also really beautiful to plan an experience that encompasses the union that my partner and I share.
I totally get that marriage is a complicated thing - it’s an event steeped in a lot of traditions that I as a queer person, I don’t connect with. But there are some important things like making a commitment to my partner and the sharing of home and kids (which I know TECHNICALLY you don’t need to be married for) that I am really excited about. Getting married makes a lot of things (legal mostly) easier.
But let’s get to the fun stuff. I’m in a flurry of planning. I’ve already gone through a slew of pinterest boards which I know a few of you follow. With all my research, I started a specific plus size bride (and bridesmaid) board that I felt a lot of you would really love. When I first started searching, I felt like there were just no options, but when I started really digging - I found so many wonderful designs out there up to size 30 (and lots of custom-size gowns too). As always, I kept everything pretty budget-friendly. I’m pretty sure every dress I pinned with 2 exceptions is well under $1000.
I will of course continue to add to to this board and my other wedding boards as I plan. We are having a big backyard wedding with 4 of our bests (all women) standing with us. I’m so excited about it all and can’t wait to share the photos from the big day and the entire experience with all of you.
Above are some dresses I tried at David’s Bridal that I ended up NOT getting, but I wanted to just show some fun try-on shots! It was a great experience to go with a few of my pals and just make an evening of it.
Edited to add, I really fell in love with Alfred Angelo and I’m super impressed that they do not charge ANY extra for plus size gowns up to size 26W. Just a huge awesome shout out to them.
Love Cats - a plus size polyvore set for autumn inspiration
It’s the hottest days of summer and of course I’m already looking forward to fall and fall fashion. I saw these two sweet prints on eShakti and just had to put some ideas together for them. Nothing like pairing a sweet print with some aggressive accessories. Plus shirt dresses (like the one on the left) are SUPER on-trend for this fall. These looks could easily be worn still this summer with wedge sandals and a tote bag and easy jewelry. I love that they will work perfectly for fall with a leather jacket and big jewelry too.
As always, I’ve styled items keeping my own budget in mind (most items are significantly less than $100) - I hope you enjoy!
PS: That great light pink ASOS Curve jacket is currently on sale - snatch one up today!
$170 - office.co.uk
$74 - topshop.com
$12 - bijou-brigitte.com
$120 - pret-a-beaute.com
Where to buy plus size clothes over size 20
eShakti - this online retailer makes adorable dresses/skirts/shirts and accessories up to size 26W. In addition to this sizing, they also offer custom sizing for their items (including alterations on sleeves, hem length, bust size, etc).
Forever 21+ - I really love shopping in store as their selection is much larger, but they have online shop too. Their sizing goes up to 3X, though it really varies wildly. Worth checking out for really trendy looks.
Evans UK - this great UK shop goes up to UK size 32. They’ve got lots of trendy looks. Downside - I find international shipping to be problematic with returns. Not specific to Evans UK
As for in-person shops
Lane Bryant goes up to size 28
There are tons more resources out there and FuckYEAHCHUBBYFASHION has a massive list.
There are some really cute dresses on eShakti right now. They do sizing from 2-26 plus custom sizes as well.
Seriously how delightful is that polkadot number? That is such a great piece.