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It’s the age of brides (finally) letting their bridesmaids pick their own dresses, and oh boy, are we taking advantage of it. Brands are dropping hot bridesmaid dresses left and right—we can’t even keep up. As someone who likes to look good at weddings (I mean, my future partner could be there, OK?!), I recognize the importance of finding a bridesmaid dress that makes me look good—just, like, not as good as the bride, because that’d be rude. Luckily for all of us, there are plus-size bridesmaid dresses just waiting to look sexy on you.
OK, I just want to get real for a second. I’ve always hated shopping for formal dresses because a) half the time they don’t fit or the brand doesn’t have my size and b) I’m super self-conscious about my arms. So, sleeveless dresses have always been automatically out for me. That’s left me with, what?—maybe three dresses to choose from.
But I’m officially deeming 2021 the year we all embrace our insecurities and wear something we think is hot, but might not have tried before. For me, that means sleeveless dresses. Whatever it means for you, I encourage you to go forth this year and wear your clothes with confidence!
That being said (LOL, sorry not sorry about my rant), I’ve found nine cute plus-size bridesmaid dresses that we all should be proud to rock during wedding seasons. So take a vow to be the hottest bridesmaid to ever grace a wedding with her presence. Ready, set, sexy. Read on to shop my favorite frocks.
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Ruched Pinni Maxi Dress
The color of this maxi dress from ASOS is so on-trend for 2021, so prepare to be one of the coolest-looking bridesmaids in town. The halter neckline also feels just a little more formal than a wrap-style dress, but the under-$110-dollar price tag tells a whole different story.
Issa Velvet Dress
This gown from Jenny Yoo is stunning because it is so simple and timeless. I am such a fan of the fabric in particular, though—Velvet is always so luxe-feeling, no matter the season. Plus, this marigold color will look amazing on so many different skin tones and it goes up a size 26.
Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress
You can’t go wrong with a satin midi dress if you’re in the wedding party. That’s why I love this gown from BHLDN. It comes in 15 (!) different colors and is available up a size 26. What’s better than a dress that can do it all?
Never have I ever seen a bridesmaid dress this red-hot. Reformation can do no wrong when it comes to their plus-size collection, but their dresses are especially good. It might be worth adding a few of their sustainable frocks to your collection.
Ruched Satin Gown
If your friend’s wedding is on the fancier side, consider wearing a satin gown, like this deep eggplant-hued dress from Mac Duggal. The deep-v neckline and flowy skirt are channeling some seriously romantic energy. Yes, it’s pricey—but it’s so worth it.
Tulle One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
If you want your gown to have a Disney princess-esque vibe, why not go for a frock that is literally covered in tulle? This option from ASOS is super affordable, too, but you could never tell by looking at it.
Flutter Sleeve Georgette Wrap Dress
Bet you didn’t even consider looking at David’s Bridal for a chic bridesmaid dress! This wrap-style frock comes in a ton of colors and goes up a size 30. I personally love this mustard shade becuase It even works for spring or winter weddings (props to you for planning in advance!)
Cold Shoulder Wrap Maxi Dress
Let’s hear it for bridesmaids’ dresses that you can totally wear again, like this blush-toned pick from Lulu’s. It a) retails for under $110 and b) is available in sizes up to a 3X, so feel free to get your shop on.
Everett Bridesmaid Dress
On a tight budget? Then this green dress from Azazie is perfect for you. It comes in tons of colors so I can basically promise that it will match any wedding aesthetic. Oh—And it retails for under $90 and is available in sizes 0 through 30.