6 Frustrating Things Every Curvy Bridesmaid Knows to be True

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Hooray – your best friend is getting married! But you’ve got mixed feelings about being a bridesmaid. You don’t want to back out and let her down, but the thought of walking down the aisle wearing a sausage skin isn’t all that appealing.

The answer is to take the lead in choosing your own bridesmaid dress, so you can ‘steer’ the bride in a more flattering direction. Be your confident self, say no to body shaming, and pour a glass or two of Prosecco. Just beware these hiccups...
 
 

1. The Bride Thinks You’re Smaller Than You Actually Are



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Finding a beautiful dress that fits is not as simple as walking into a high street shop and picking up a cocktail frock. It’s not as easy as going to a bridal boutique either, because bridal sizes often come up so small that a 16 is actually closer to a 12. You don’t want to worry about it splitting when you set the dancefloor alight, so it is reasonable to insist on wearing a dress that fits – or nothing at all. 
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2. The Other Bridesmaids Are All Waifs



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Because, of course. But even if at first glance it seems they all have the same identikit figure, you can bet the girls will see things differently. Suggest the bride picks a colour, then you can all go out and get different styles to suit, instead of trying to shoehorn yourselves into a dress which actually suits none of you.

Details such as lace sleeves, a waist sash, v-neck and sweetheart necklines can flatter your figure so you stand out in a good way. Or you could try an adjustable multiway dress that can be styled to suit all of you. 
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3. Plus-Size Brands Are Tricky To Find



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Forget traipsing up and down the high street: This is where eBay comes into its own. Fashionable brands such as Simply Be, Anna Scholz and Studio 8 all go up to a size 26 (with some up to a 32), and offer cool cocktail dresses that work perfectly for bridesmaids. Think sorbet palettes, embellished details, delicate silver sequins, florals, lace, chiffon and draping which compliments your curves. 
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4. Magic Pants Are Unsexy, But Necessary



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You can bet the bride will be wearing something not-so-sexy underneath her gown (well, until the honeymoon suite), so join her. Good shapewear promises to hold in your belly, yet is forgiving enough for you to enjoy a slice of wedding cake. Offering instant thigh-slimming Spanx (so much easier to come by than hours of squats and lunges), the Magisculpt range works like a corset (creating a 'wow' waist you didn’t even know you had) and unleashes butt-lifting prowess (just in case you want to replicate Kim Kardashian’s champagne glass party trick later). 
 

5. It’s Worth Investing in Scaffolding



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A good bra makes all the difference to how your dress fits. While you don’t want so much cleavage even the groom’s attention is totally on you, you'll want your girls to look their best on the big day. So, opt for a strapless multiway bra to fit any style and still feel comfortable and supported. 

Nude underwear may seem like the least attractive option at first glance, but it is the shade guaranteed to go with everything, and won't take on a life of its own under the ultraviolet lights on the dancefloor. And while you’re thinking about dance moves, definitely raise your arms, jump and do a few spins when you try your underwear on. If in doubt, a roll of double-sided body tape in your handbag provides a handy backup. 
 

6. No, You Probably Won’t Wear the Dress Again



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No problem – eBay it! Even though you may fall in love with your bridesmaid dress and feel absolutely amazing on the day, there will come a time when you realise that beautiful gown has hung, neglected, in your wardrobe for a year or more.

So why not wave a magic wand (well, your smartphone) and turn that frock into cold, hard cash? List it under 'plus-size bridesmaid dress' and a woman out there will be forever grateful. Now, that’s what we call a fairytale ending. 
 
 
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