Plus Size Dressing for an Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are full of colour, celebrations and amazing dresses, and the best part is that a lot of Indian outfits are perfect for plus sizes! The silhouette and cut of a lot of the traditional outfits is such that it looks nice and flattering on larger ladies. There are some tips to make sure that you pick the ideal style that is going to appropriate and flattering at the same time.

Styles of clothing for Indian Weddings

The types of clothing that can be worn by guests are very similar to the ones that are worn by the bride. The key differences include the potential colour and detailing of the dresses of the guests compared to those of the bride. Indian bridal wear includes styles like Sarees, Lenghas and more recently Anarkali suits.

Perfect Plus Size Styles

A Sari is a traditional choice for women of all sizes, and it normally is a good choice even for plus sizes because the long fabric covers enough and the blouse can be made in a manner such that the curves are accentuated in just the right manner. It is important to remember that if you are quite large, then this might not be the best idea, as the end look might not be all that flattering.

An Anarkali or a fitted Salwar Suit is another option that can be quite interesting for plus sizes. This is a two-piece garment comprised of a long tunic that often reached the knees and fitted pants. The long tunic can be fitted on the bust or can be loose (depending on your preference). The cut of this ensemble is such that it can be easily adapted to large sizes.

Embroidery and Detailing

The temptation to opt for bling in a wedding is usually quite strong – but resist! Very loud and bright embroidery is going to draw attention to the entire outfit. Used in moderation, this can be a powerful weapon and used at the right places, it can really emphasise the right aspects. Large embroidered patterns are going to stand out, whereas delicate and small repeated patterns (called “butti”) are going to give the outfit an even and balanced look.

Gold, silver or other kinds of embroidery used on the pallu in a saree (the loose end that is often left over the shoulder) or on the hem of the long tunic in a salwar kameez is perfect because it draws the gaze to the parts that need to be emphasised.

Ideal Colours

Indian bridal wear is all about colour and the outfits of the guests is usually complementary to the bride’s outfit. So go wild with colour! The same rules for colour apply for traditional Indian clothing as other styles – darker colours usually give a slimmer appearance than lighter colours.

The colour to avoid though, as this is usually reserved for the bride, is Red – a very traditional colour that is considered auspicious and worn by a lot of brides.


The options offered by traditional Indian clothing for plus sizes are plenty, with a lot of room for being an individual and expressing your personality. Choose with care and always select a designer that you like – most good designers are able to offer sizes for you on a customised basis. Discuss the options with your favourite retailer about the options available!


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