Big Girl in a Skinny World – Engagement Dress Picks for 2020
So, the date is set, and you have been trying to find engagement dress ideas on Pinterest and Instagram. But being a curvy girl, it’s been really hard to find anything that makes you feel like ‘I could try this’? We know exactly how you feel! The Engagement is one of the most important pre-wedding functions, it’s fun, casual and a great ice breaker between families and friends, and your engagement dress needs to be just right, for you to be able to feel like the awesome Bride to be.
So, here’s a little list we have put together for you to help you find the engagement dress of your dreams!
Jacket and Skirt:
Elegant, graceful and super sustainable, the best thing about this outfit is the versatility it offers. You can experiment with not only the fabric, but also the accessories and styling, and make it into just the engagement dress you have always wanted. Team a heavy long jacket with a light lehenga, and customise it with some interesting accents around the waist or the shoulders. Or, you can go for a heavy lehenga, and a sheer open jacket over a crop top/blouse to add silhouette to your outfit. This outfit works particularly well on an apple or pear-shaped woman because it evens out your proportions and pictures extremely well in those twirling photographs.
Of course. This doesn’t need any more explaining because a saree is always a curvy girl’s best friend, and it looks amazing every time. Go full-on traditional with a beautiful Kanjivaram and traditional temple jewellery, or go glam with a lighter fabric like chiffon or georgette and a bomb blouse. Don’t shy away from experimenting with bold blouses, trust us, they will look great. Sleeveless, backless, whatever makes you feel the vibe. Just make sure you get your blouse made from a good tailor/boutique, and never forego the fittings. If you are going for a blingy saree, pair it with a light blouse and vice versa.
If it’s an intimate gathering, and you want to wear something light and breezy, go for a well-fitted maxi dress with a flattering silhouette. Depending on your body shape, you can go for one that accentuates the part of your body you are most confident about and pay attention to the structure. You can style and accessorise your dress according to your taste, wear kitschy floral jewellery for a boho-chic vibe, or a Kundan choker for an indo-western look. You can even team it with a sheer stole and wear it with traditional jewellery for an offbeat, yet super classy semi-traditional look. There are just so many possibilities with this option, you can mix and match pretty interesting combinations and wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident!
If you are looking for something unusual and elegant at the same time, this is the outfit for you. It’s not as heavy as a lehenga, but looks as grand as one, is super easy to wear and can be accessorised so well. You can go for the knee-length kurta if you want to go for a heavy bottom, and style it with a full drape dupatta, or, go for a long, heavy kurta, with a flowy, super flared sharara and a light, breezy dupatta. Don’t forget to wear a paasa for that impeccable ‘nazaakat.’
All the flare and drama but none of the hassle, an Anarkali is the lazy girl’s dream engagement dress. Super comfortable, super flattering and super gracious, this one is also pretty high on sustainability, since you can customise it in multiple ways to wear on other occasions in future also. For a great silhouette, make sure the bustier of the Anarkali ends at least three to four inches below the bust, flaring out nicely into gathers from there. Also, always pay attention to the base fabric of your Anarkali, if it’s a cheap, shiny fabric, no matter how beautiful the embellishments or the falling fabric, the outfit will not look flattering. You can wear it with a belt, for an edgy look, or experiment with different dupatta styles for a more traditional touch.