First things first—a little bridesmaids dress sizing primer: bridal fashion sizing is essentially stuck in 1952. Meaning that whatever size you wear in 2014? Yeah, you’ll wear at least 1-2 sizes larger than usual when it comes to bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Is this fair? Not really, but like death and taxes bridal wear ain’t fair—but our mantra is it’s about fit, not size.
That being said, plus size bridesmaids get the short end of the stick, many times being charged extra for sizes over, say, 18 (which is like a 14 or 16 on modern size charts). So what’s a curvy girl (or a bride with curvy bridesmaids) to do? Simple—look for cute and budget-friendly options that will suit EVERY member of your bridal party. So where to shop for these mythical plus size bridesmaids dresses on a budget? We got you—just read on.
Where to Shop Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses?
David’s Bridal is a little like the WalMart of the bridal industry – cheap products, mass produced, in a manage-the-herd type of setting. While it’s not very romantic, it is a retailer that offers affordable bridesmaids dresses in a wide range of sizes, frequently with dresses in a range of sizes in stock (rather than being produced to order, which can on average take 3-4 months). On a short timeline, or with bridesmaids on budgets of varying sizes, it’s worth a look. We like this Lace Cap Sleeve Dress with Side Ruffles, for $149, also available in missy sizes.
Alfred Angelo (Designer Stores and Independent Retailers)
Alfred Angelo is a traditional bridesmaid dress manufacturer that utilizes the traditional (read: runs small) bridesmaid dress size charts. That being said, they’re one of the few that DON’T charge extra for plus sizes. The styles are sometimes sketchy, but more often than not cute and affordable, with a huge selection of colors (which you won’t necessarily find in department store bridesmaid dresses). For example, this chic little cocktail-style dress Alfred Angelo Style 7285S for $149 comes in 62 colors and comes in sizes from 8JB (junior bridesmaid) up to 30W. Score.
We’ll start with the downside – limited color options and limited style selection. But the upside? Super affordable prices ($48.99 for a bridesmaid dress—what what?) and quick turnaround. Sure, the styles are basic, but satisfy the needs of modern, simple and suitable for a variety of body types, and on a tight timeline? You can’t lose. Also, you will not pay this little for a bridesmaid dress anywhere else. We kinda dig this Tevolio Women’s Scoopneck Dress with Removable Sash—super cute and actually wearable for other things (!) for $69.99.
This may be a little bit more hit or miss, but we loooove a wedding with unique bridesmaid dresses and no one offers elegant, chic, and often vintage-inspired little frocks like Modcloth. With select dress styles available in plus sizes – frequently priced under 100 bucks!! – we strongly suggest you take a look. It’s hard to pick just one dress to highlight, but we’re partial to this oh-so-pretty and feminine Entrall About It Dress, in sizes S-4X, for $84.99.