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Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Figure

Calling all tall, petite and plus-size bridesmaids!

Shopping for bridesmaid dresses can be the best of times — or the worst of times (think Cousin Ashley weeping into her handkerchief-hem dress because “everyone looks good except me!”). Nine out of ten times, fit issues are the culprit. But that’s all about to change...

Check out our guide to dressing for your body type to look your bridesmaid best on the big day:

Tall Girls

Tips for Tall Girls

To fit in with the rest of the crew, you’ll want to make sure you have enough fabric to cover your legs and arms if you're wearing a long-sleeved gown. You don't want to be the one girl rocking a midi dress with three-quarter sleeves when the bride was going for all long everything (lots of pics that day, you know!).

Your body besties:

  • Maxi hemlines: Give the body a fluid, graceful look.
  • Asymmetrical necklines: Create points of interest that break up the look.
  • Detailing at waist or hips: Divides up the body and creates an hourglass shape.

Say "girl, bye" to:

  • Loud, busy head-to-toe prints.
  • Very tight styles.
  • Anything oversized or very loose

Kleinfeld Bridal Party’s got you, girl!

  • Guess what? We have extra-length gowns available in an amazing selection of styles and colors.

Tips for Petite or Short Ladies

Petite is defined as 5'4" and under, but — surprise! — it can also refer to portions of your frame. Some women have a petite upper half, while others are proportionally smaller on the bottom. Either way, precise measurements are key.

This is no time to be bashful. Let a professional measure your arms and legs, shoulder width, bust size, and where your waist falls to make sure your bridesmaid dress looks amazing.

Your body besties:

  • V-neckline: Elongates your neck and makes your torso seem longer.
  • Monochromatic styles: Lengthen the look of your entire body.
  • High waistlines: Empire and other high-waisted styles make you seem taller by elongating the lower body.
  • Asymmetrical hemlines or longer hemlines: Skim the body to create a long, vertical line.

Say "girl, bye" to:

  • Calf-length and mid-length dresses and skirts
  • Thick pleats or too many layers of fabric
  • Styles that are poofy below the waist
  • Thick belts or wide bands of fabric around the waist

Petite or Short Ladies

Plus-Size Friends

Tips for Plus-Size Friends

Play up your curves! Styles that add fullness to the upper body balance out your hips and midsection. And don’t shy away from matching prints with solids. A solid top and a fun printed skirt are the ultimate way to make a sassy fashion statement.

Your body besties:

  • Relaxed A-line skirts: Dresses that fall straight down from the widest part of the hips elongate your lower half.
  • Empire waists: Define and draw attention to the narrowest point of your body.
  • Peplum and fit-and-flare silhouettes: These feminine styles create instant hourglass proportions.
  • Off-the-shoulder and V-necklines: Draw attention up to your face and hair.

Say "girl, bye" to:

  • Below-the-waist styles that are poofy or elaborate
  • Boxy, oversized styles
  • All-over patterns not broken up by belts or other details

Kleinfeld Bridal Party’s got you, girl!

  • Price is the same for larger sizes
  • Most styles go up to size 24
  • A wide variety of styles with plus sizes available in designs by fan faves Kleinfeld (natch!), Bill Levkoff, Jenny Yoo, Dessy Collection and Joanna August.

Let’s face it, different shapes and sizes are a fact of life — but that doesn’t mean you and the other bridesmaids can’t look like a total dream team come wedding day. Just plan ahead and prepare to wow!