By Meenu Bahuguna Last Updated:
It is a stunning sight to see an Indian woman in her bridal finery. The elaborate dress, heavy traditional jewellery and stylish hairdo make an Indian bride a sight to behold. The fact that you are 'voluptuous' is no reason for you to be stressed out about your D-day.
When it comes to an Indian wedding attire, be it a saree or lehenga, the best thing about them is that they suit women of all sizes. You just need to know how to play around with the cuts and colours. So, put that smile back on your beautiful face, and read on. Here are the best tips that all our soon-to-be brides must know while shopping for their wedding outfits.
The dresses that you wear should depend on your body shape. The three main body types are top-heavy (apple-shaped), bottom-heavy (pear-shaped), and hourglass. In the plus-size category, there might be women who have a round-shaped body, which means that they gain weight overall. Before you shop for your wedding dress, understand your body type and shop accordingly.
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If you are heavier on the top, choose blouses with plunging necklines and empire waistline dresses. V-shaped and U-shaped necklines are best suited for such women. Brides who have ample bottoms should choose A-cut lehengas that fall straight down from their waist. For brides who have a wide midriff, the best options are long blouses that cover their midriff and accentuate the bust line.
Saree is the quintessential favourite for plus-size women of all body types. You can play around with the blouse patterns to make the look suit your body. If you are open to experimenting, wear a saree with a long designer blouse, which has a beautiful pattern on the neck. However, since the beauty of a saree lies in the nicely curving waist, women with a wide midriff might want to avoid a saree and wear a lehenga. Go for full sleeves and long cholis that look flattering on plus-size, voluptuous women. Blouse or choli with criss-cross strings can be a better choice, if you want to go a little bold yet look classy. If you are still confused about the outfit, we would suggest that you can safely go for a lehenga on your wedding, and shine!
Most of the plus-size women instinctively gravitate towards darker colours in order to conceal that bulk. The good news is that you really don’t have to stick to dark colours only. Opt for a monochrome look, rather than going for a burst of colours. One single colour, whether it is light or dark, can make you look not only slim but tall as well. So, if you want to go for a rich colour, go for either red, or royal blue or gold. You can also mix two colours with similar hues, say certain shades of red and pink can be matched together to complement each other.
Usually plus-size women do not pay a lot of attention to embroidery and embellishments, but they can be used very effectively to appear slimmer. Identify the most attractive parts of your body and highlight them using bright coloured embroidery. But, be careful with the use of glimmering sequins, they look only good in moderation because otherwise they can make you look larger. Instead, use bright coloured kundans or go for zari in gold, silver or copper colours.
Avoid large patterns and prints on any dress in your wedding trousseau. Choose medium-sized buttis and borders. Most importantly, the embroidery should follow a vertical pattern instead of horizontal. Horizontal lines would make you look heavier.
When it comes to fabrics, you can pick from a wide range. Choose smooth and flowing fabrics such as georgette, crepe, chiffon, net, soft silk and satin. Avoid fabrics that are stiff. Tussar silk and cotton, for instance, are not ideal choices for plus-size brides. Velvet is another bad choice for you. Such stiff fabrics would make you look broad and heavy. So, go for fabrics that would give you a balanced shape by snugly falling on your body and highlighting your better side.
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The right fit is the most important thing for a plus-size bride. So, find a good designer and get custom-made dresses. Try them out before the wedding and get alterations done, if required. Also, avoid too much layering in your bridal outfit. Instead of hiding your bulges, extra layers make you look broader. Also, always go for well-fitted outfits. Do not go for a larger size just in the hope of concealing the flaws, this would look unflattering on you.
A bride is always beautiful because she blushes and glows with joy. Wear the right kind of clothes on your wedding and flaunt the right curves. You will surely make a stunning impression on your groom and the guests, when you add confidence and a smile to your style.
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