What Does The Plus Size Mother Of The Bride/Groom Wear?

One of the many reasons why I started this business was to satisfy the needs of plus size women that weren’t being addressed. Many times clients come to us after exhausting the big box retailers who tend to offer a small selection of matronly styles that are not flattering to the curvier woman. Your child’s wedding is a momentous day, and you want to look and feel your best on such a joyous occasion!

The plus size mother of the bride/groom, shouldn’t look like they are wearing a prom dress, but also shouldn’t look like they are wrapped in layers of chiffon. Choosing the right color and style will vary from woman to woman depending on their individual shape and what they feel comfortable wearing. With over 26 years of expertise in the plus size fashion industry, I have learned which styles suit an array of body styles, shapes and sizes. I personally dress every woman that comes into the store. Queen of Hearts is happy to offer one of the largest selections of plus size formal wear in the tri-state area. Our expert seamstress will ensure your dress fits you properly in all the right places!

When MOB/MOG shopping, there are some things you will want to keep in mind:

  1. Ask the Bride if they have any color preferences and what the formality of the wedding will be in order to follow suit with the overall theme if applicable.
  2. Be conscious of what the weather will be like, as well as any cultural or religious customs that may be appropriate. 
  3. Time it accordingly! You should start the search for your dress no later than three months before the wedding. This will allow time for any alterations or custom orders. 
  4. If traveling, keep in mind fabrics that won’t wrinkle and check if there is professional pressing available. If flying, check with the airline if the gown in a gown bag can be used as your carry on piece.

Queen of Hearts serves plus size women sizes 16 and up, and can also accommodate custom orders. We recommend that all of our clients schedule an appointment before coming in so that we can deliver the best quality customer service possible. Give us a call at 516-377-1357 or email us through the website at www. queenofheartsusa.com with any questions that you may have!

Why Shop At A Specialty Store VS A Department Store?

Many of our customers will ask this question. If you are a plus size lady over a size 26 there is limited selection in the department store. For our customers, sizes 18-26 we help them look and feel special, carry a select group of styles, colors, whereas the mother of the bride or groom you would want to feel more special than anything offered in a department store. If you shop in a department store, any guest could come to the wedding wearing something you may have purchased. I do not know of any mother of the bride or groom who would want a guest wearing her gown! Custom Alterations are also done on premises in our specialty store, to help you look and feel your best! We also suggest the proper accessories and undergarments to flatter your figure. 

Years of experience are available to you in a specialty store, where a department store may be lacking sale staff and plus size expertise. The overall shopping experience is much more personalized in a specialty boutique like Queen Of Hearts.

Ruching, ruching, ruching. Here’s the scoop on ruching!

Although ruching may seem like the perfect solution to a figure flaw, it may not be perfect for “every” plus size body type. Depending on where the ruching is, and how it draws the eye away from the figure flaw, can be a positive thing. Where the ruching is situated and draws the eye to the side, and sits lower on the body, can be affected. If the ruching and gathering is too high under the bust, it can have a negative effect. So be careful when choosing ruching as a plus size gal!

If I Order A Plus Size Gown And Then Lose Weight…What Happens?

This is a question that I get asked every day. My answer is; go ahead and lose the weight! We can always take a plus size dress in, but cannot let it out. Manufacturer’s do not give us much inseam allowance to let gowns out. It is always better to order the size by your measurements at the time of order placement and take the item in if you should lose the weight. Keep in mind the timeline for ordering. Most manufacturer’s on a special order require 6-8 weeks, so even if it’s only 5 pounds, it is going to make the gown look better when it comes in.

Plus Size Fall & Spring Collections Arriving!

NY’s premier Plus Size Boutique sees the seasons are changing, and we have the formal wear you need for all of your upcoming special events! Queen of Hearts is getting ready for our 2020 weddings (how crazy does that sound right?!) Here are a few tips to keep in mind for our beautiful curvy ladies for the upcoming season!

Navy is still the go to color. Black over nude is still a popular choice as well. Ponchos are the newest style that our plus size women can’t seem to get enough of. They have replaced the jacket look, giving you a young and fresh style.

New arrivals are coming in weekly. We are now preparing for January and February Weddings! Don’t wait until the last minute, make sure to leave time for alterations etc. As always, being an exclusively plus size boutique carrying the largest selection of plus size formal wear, we strongly suggest making an appointment for private fittings so that we can give you the best customer service experience possible!

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Find out 2019’s Hottest Color Trends For Mother’s of The Bride and Groom

Wedding season is upon us and you may be wondering what colors are trending in Mother of The Bride/Groom fashion

Navy, Navy and Navy is the color of choice this year! It is dark enough without being black. The color itself is very slimming and naturally exudes confidence. Princess seams styles as a silhouette works best on bottom heavy ladies. Fit and flare styles work best on a lady with a fuller bosom and shapely bottom.

Navy is also extremely versatile when it comes to matching with the rest of the bridal party. You can add pops of color with your accessories, although silver and pewter tend to work best.

Should I Wear A Corsage?

Should I Wear A Corsage?

Traditionally the mothers of the bride and groom as well as grandmothers do wear a corsage at the event. Corsages are usually worn on the left side. However, more contemporary mothers do away with tradition, and order a wristlet worn on the wrist or place a wristlet on their handbag. Also keep in mind, some flowers with a stamen may stain your gown. Always check with your florist and have it removed if necessary.

Mothers of the Bride can carry a bouquet of flowers also known as a Nosegay if the Bride prefers. If you are feeling a bit nervous about your own walk down the aisle, having something to carry may make you more confident! Most types of bouquets are appropriate . The color of the flower should complement the color of your gown and coordinate with the flowers chosen by the Bride.

How Long In Advance Do I Need To Order My Plus Size Dress?

Customers often ask how long does it take to order a dress? It really all depends on when you’re event is. A custom gown made to order, could take 8-12 weeks. Some gowns are in stock at the manufacturer and can be a week to ten days. A gown can always be purchased off the rack, at Queen of Hearts! We have the largest selection of gowns, cocktail dresses, pantsuits and evening wear in the Tri-State Area. If you are unsure about your time constraints, simply give us a call or email us and we will happily let you know if your request can be accomodated!

Jumpsuits… Jumpsuits… Jumpsuits!!!

We’ve got em!! And several styles!!
Off the shoulder
With a cape look
Off the shoulder
With a lace cape
Off the shoulder
With a mesh cape
Cross over front
Liz Clairborne style
Cold shoulder look
With stones or without!!

Any way you like it, it is the perfect replacement for a dress or pantsuit!
Outstanding ladies who wore this style and made it famous were Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth
Taylor, Jackie Onassis and even Cher in the 70’s!
Where can I wear this.. you might ask?
Anywhere you like!
Mother of the more casual Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Guest of a black tie affair
Holiday time entertaining at home
Glam it up or leave it sophisticated. Accessorize with a fabulous pair of earrings and a cuff bracelet
But go for it!!

Ready.. Set… Go!!!!

Color Trends for Fall 2018 Plus Size Formal Wear

With the new season rapidly approaching, you may be wondering what colors are trending for the Fall 2018 Season. We are going to go over a few of the hottest color pairings to give you an idea of where to start when looking for your Plus Size Formal Wear attire!

Lavender & Lilac: These two hues are a match made in heaven! Falling into the “purple” category, these colors offer a light and fresh look. This gives you the ability to be very versatile with your shoe color and accessories. A great choice if you want a soft, classy look.

Dusty Blue and Deep Red: This is such a classic yet bold color combination that continues to be popular year after year. These hues are perfect for Autumn, although they can still be beautiful in any other season. The deep contrast is visually intriguing and is perfect to achieve a high-end look.

Black, White and Gold: This color trio is a knockout, and is rapidly gaining attention especially in the wedding sector. The gold provides just the right amount of shimmer and shine. An otherwise boring black & white, is turned into something truly elegant.

50 Shades of Blue: Ok, maybe we are being a little sarcastic about the number 50 but you get the idea. This color combination is so much fun because rather than picking just one or two variations of the color, you mix a whole bunch and get a beautiful, unique result. Whether your event is simple or over the top, this palette can be dressed up or down and still achieve a very desirable effect.

Wine Red and Peach: Our last Fall color trend is extremely vibrant and also screams Autumn. Very soft and elegant, this color trend became very popular with wedding floral arrangements and has now made its way into the fashion world.

Queen of Hearts offers the largest selection of Plus Size Formal Wear in the Tri-State area! Carrying sizes 16-32, we are sure to have the perfect dress to make you look and feel like the Queen that you are!