I've learned that the key to holding your own as a big-girl bridesmaid (this applies to any formal event, really) is to make sure that the anxiety of finding the right dress doesn't overshadow the joy of the occasion. So to make the process a bit easier for you, I've rounded up a selection of bridesmaid dresses that will wow even the pickiest brides and flatter everyone in the bridal party. If you're fortunate enough to select your own dress, look no further. If you've got to make a case to your soon-to-be-wedded friend, tear out this page!
Dress (up to size 3X), $134.99, Ruche; shopruche.com.
Celebrity inspiration: Kristie Alley
"Ruching or draping at the bust is a clever design trick—it enlarges those who need it while minimizing those who don't."
"An A-line silhouette camouflages a bigger bottom. If you're top-heavy, a sweetheart neckline is always flattering."
Dress (up to size 24), $632, Rani Zakhem at Jones & Jones; (956) 687-1171.
"Ensure your dress gets tons more mileage this summer by opting for a pastel or floral, two of the season's hottest trends."
Clutch $32.72, ASOS; asos.com.