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Why is it still hard to find affordable, plus-size wedding dresses in 2021?
Just because a high street bridal line claims to have inclusive sizing, it doesn't make it so.
By Jess Thomson
Apr 29, 2021
Your wedding is often considered to be one of the best days of your life, filled with confetti, cake, embarrassing relatives and lots of booze. And for many brides, one of the most important details of the day is their dress.
However, with the average UK dress size a size 16, and many bridal brands only stocking limited (read: smaller) size ranges, curvier brides-to-be can find themselves unable to buy their dream outfits. It's something fashion blogger Callie Thorpe has explored when recounting her own wedding dress shopping experience at various boutiques here.
Now, though, with the uptick of high street wedding dresses, there's hope that the more accessible price point offered by big brands could also result in more inclusive sizing, but this doesn't seem to be the case.
Not-so-fun fact: wedding dresses run small anyway, meaning that if you’re a size 16 in jeans, you’ll likely be a size 18 or 20 in bridal terms. The thing is, even if you do find somewhere that offers your size, plus-size wedding dresses are often 'poorly fitted' to a larger woman’s figure, or downright 'unfashionable'.
Natalie is currently planning her wedding but, as a size 24, she's struggling to find a dress that is both reasonably priced and actually suits her. “The styles offered in my size are often seem dated and as if no thought has been put into the design for plus-sized people,” explains Natalie. “For instance, sleeveless bandeau styles which, while lovely, may not be as comfortable for plus-size people because of body image issues surrounding exposed arms.”
"Every woman is different and has different levels of confidence, so it's important that dresses are available to celebrate every woman whatever her shape or size," explains Jane from Celebrating Curves bridal. What works for one bride might not work for another and so having different options is super important. "The biggest misconception about curve wedding dresses, is that they all look the same and that every woman wants to cover up," adds Jane.
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