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Shopping Guide for Plus Size Indian Wedding Dresses
20 th Sep 2015

Shopping for the perfect outfit for your special day can be a nerve-racking experience and if you have a plus size body, we understand that there is an added stress of whether you will find the dream outfit in your size or if you do, will the outfit flatter you. Most of the bridal collections are presented on fashion models, who seem to be uniformly moulded rather than having real bodies. This adds to the anxiety of the plus size Indian wedding dress hunt.

Beauty cannot conform to standards; unconventional can be breathtaking! A curvy bodied individual sometimes just needs to follow certain guidelines while shopping for plus size Indian wedding dresses, to emerge as a butterfly from the cocooned norms of beauty.

Here are the tips that you can follow while shopping for plus size Indian wedding dresses:

Love and Accept Your Body

Firstly analyse the type of body you have. Plus sized bodies come in varying shapes - the body can be top heavy, bottom heavy, midriff heavy or an overall round body. Once you are aware of your body shape, you can easily shop for the plus size Indian wedding dress that will do justice to your body shape.

A heavier midriff body can look very appealing in a top or choli with an interesting neckline and accentuating bust line. A flared lehenga below will take the attention away from the midriff, giving you an attractive silhouette.

For a bottom heavy body can always be flattered with an outfit having A-line silhouette below, like a minimal flare lehenga. A saree is also a great choice for this body type. Always bringing emphasis on the choli or blouse will balance the bottom heavy look.

The heavy top can be balanced with a heavier, voluminous lehenga or kalidar anarkali that grazes the ground, giving you a leaner, longer silhouette.

The round body tends to gain weight overall, the arms, top, midriff and the bottom. Such a body needs structure and definition, so something that fits the body, highlighting bust and bottom can work wonders. Addition of sleeves can also take attention away from the arms.

Do not buy a lower size of plus size Indian wedding dress in the hope of losing weight before your wedding day; it will only add more stress. Be comfortable in your skin and choose what will glorify your body without trying to change it in a shorter time span.

Inspiration from Bollywood Celebrities

Plus sized celebs in delightful looks or celebs showcasing plus size suitable looks can be pinned as inspiration. The beautiful Aishwarya Rai, who has lost oodles of weight to come back to her gorgeous old self, had gone through the plus size phase during pregnancy. Six months after delivering her baby, Ash carried her plus size confidently on the red carpets of Cannes in a dark grey Elie Saab sparkly gown, looking ravishing. The sheer long sleeves managed to veil the arms while the high waisted belt gave an illusion of waistline. It is a positive look for plus size Indian wedding dress especially for cocktail parties.

A saree with its drapes will definitely do justice to any plus sized body, and Kirron Kher and Smriti Irani epitomise the sareeā€™s glory.

The following picture also shows Bharti Singh, the well known female comedian, in a plus size Indian wedding dress look. The look has a gold embellished yellow lehenga paired with a long yellow blouse and a pale pink dupatta draped over the top area offers midriff coverage.

Inspiration for plus size outfits

The timeless beauty Shabana Azmi cannot be defined as plus sized but she displays some amazing relaxed contemporary looks that can be used gracefully as plus size Indian wedding dresses for sangeet, cocktail parties or mehendi ceremonies. 

Shabana Azmi's relaxed looks

Colour Options - Dark Magic

Darker hues will make you shed extra kilos instantly. Black is generally avoided at weddings, but if you are the modern bride who defies rules than a black plus size Indian wedding dress is a great choice for slimmer silhouette. Otherwise any other shade in a deeper and darker hue can be picked for the wedding, like deep maroons, navy blues, deep violets or greens.

Dark hues for plus size outfits

Colour Options - Monochrome Majesty

For a plus size Indian wedding dress it is always better to keep the colours monochromatic.  Avoid ombres and lot of horizontal colour plays, which will widen your silhouette. Monochromatic outfits give length to the wearer by giving an illusion of slenderness.

Monochrome outfit for plus size

Prints and Embroidery

Printed or embroidered motifs on the plus size Indian wedding dress, gives a highlighted look, concealing the flabs. Choose outfits with embroidery and motifs at the right places like borders, hems, neckline and around waist, to draw attention away from heavier areas. Also embroidery in moderation would be good, as head to toe embroidery may give the outfit a larger look, which needs to be avoided.

Embroidery for plus size outfits

Fall of the Fabric

A cascading fabric against a stiffer one is a better choice to conceal the surplus contours interestingly. Modern fabrics like crepe, georgette, organza, softer silk and satin will help in achieving the narrower look in plus size Indian wedding dresses.

Use the Dupatta or Pallu Wisely

The prudence offered by Indian outfits comes as a blessing in the form of dupattas and saree pallus, which can be used to drape interestingly by giving coverage to plus size Indian wedding dresses where needed. Creative use of draping styles can do wonders for the attire.


Go to your favourite designers and they will be more than willing to work out a custom dress for you from their collection. If you do not want to restrict yourself to one designer, you can explore high end online shopping portals like Strand of Silk that will give you the unique designer wedding dress with added help of customisation where needed.

It is not a difficult task to choose the right wedding outfit in Indian style for a plus size bride. Most of the traditional styles work well on plus sizes, and for modern outfits, just following the above guidelines will help in getting perfect plus size Indian wedding dresses for the trousseau.

The right wedding outfit will give a bride the confidence and attitude that will make her glow without layers of make-up. So create new rules and break the restricting shackles of beauty, by looking resplendent in your bespoke plus size Indian wedding dress. 

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