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Shape Special: Curvy Brides

Editor-at-large Peta Hunt tracks down 20 of the most wanted curvy wedding dresses around, perfect for voluptuous brides-to-be...

Are you a curvy, voluptuous bride?

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Bring out your inner Jessica Rabbit and turn heads with a design to celebrate womanly curves.

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Wedding dress Dos Look for a dress with a wide neckline to open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. Aim for a style that highlights your best assets; try a fit-and-flare gown like a mermaid, or fishtail style, fitted tops and full skirts work well too.

Wedding Dress Don’ts An Empire line dress may give the impression of being top heavy. Anything lacking structure can make you look shapeless, so choose a dress that emphasizes your curves. Make sure that your corseted dress will support you adequately; it helps to invest in good pair of Spanx and supporting underwear.

Keep in mind Ruched material will have an enlarging effect, so use it on a skirt if you’re top heavy to balance out your shape.

Words by Felicity Landrock

Wedding dress pictured: romonakeveza.com

Fine Figure

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Coast has produced a great structured dress here that works hard to flatter your figure. Think Kate Winslet at the recent Venice Film Festival. Her incredible Stella McCartney gown helped to whittle her waist and highlighted an enviable hourglass shape.

coast-stores.com

Sexy Back

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The wonderful drop back of this dress focuses the eye inwards onto your waistline.

cymbeline.com

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Who says curvy girls have to steer clear of high necks? Just go for delicate lace detailing to keep the neckline light and a belted waist to flatter your figure.

alessandrarich.com

Simply Stylish

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This is a great dress for curves and would go beautifully with a small feather bolero or shrug.

dzage.co.uk

Curve Queen

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With its trumpet skirt and open neckline this dress is a real winner. The twist detail on the bodice is a great way to highlight your hourglass shape.

augustajones.com

Boho Bride

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The floatiness and delicacy of this dress makes it perfect for a more relaxed style. Don’t be fooled though, the dress still maintains the golden rules. It fits, flares and shapes to perfection.

watters.com

Back Beauty

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This dress will work with your body’s natural contours and give you an enviable shape. We love the low back and mini sleeves too!

amandawyatt.com

Pretty in Pink

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This Vera Wang dress is a sure fire winner for the Y&YW fashion team. We adore the colour and contrasting sash. The corset detail on the bodice is really flattering and the tulle ruffled skirt is to die for!

Vera Wang at Browns Bride, brownsfashion.com

Fabulous Fishtail

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This dress is a serious success. We love the tiered ruffle skirt and uber fitted bodice.

rosaclara.es

Lovely Lace

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This plunging neckline will look fantastic on a bigger bust. The tiered lace adds a delicate look to the A-line shape of the skirt.

charlottebalbier.com

Tulle Dream

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The straps on this dress will give you good support and the flared skirt will balance out your figure.

clairemischevani.com

Princess Chic

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For a dress that channels your inner princess go for one like this by Jesus Peiro with a slightly dropped waist. The elongated bodice provides structure to help shape your torso, making the large skirt perfectly balanced on your frame.

Jesus Peiro at whitemischiefbridal.co.uk

Flower Power

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This dress has some serious hidden support to give you the figure of your dreams.

morilee.com

Femme Fatale

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Look at these amazing curves. The wide flared skirt is the perfect balance for a top-heavy bust.

Olivia Couture at blackburnbridal.co.uk

Destination Wedding

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This swoon-worthy dress would look fabulous at a wedding in the sun. The floaty skirt has enough structure to sit well on your frame and the halter neck provides the all-important support.

pepebotellanovias.com

Sleek Stunner

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The smooth fit-and-flare shape of this dress will look wonderful on your figure and the belt will draw attention to your tiny waist, giving you a lovely hourglass shape.

alfredsungbridals.com

Classic Style

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We love the tie-back halter and voluminous back-bow detail on this wedding dress. This definitely wins points for aisle style.

ianstuart-bride.com

Black and White

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Not only is this dress a great shape, the black belt is a stylish way of cinching in your waist to really accentuate those curves.

jasminebridal.com

Shape Fantastic

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We love the simple supportive strap detail of this design for perfect va-va-voom.

ellisbridals.co.uk

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