Post # 1
I am an apple shaped plus size bride in need of some guidance.
The time has come to start dress shopping (believe me, I put it off as long as possible). I am hoping to get some guidance from other plus size brides as far as where to shop (I’m in the Chicago area), what dress types worked for you, and if you have any images of you in your dress that would be perfect!
We all know what a mannequin and tine sz 4 women wearing a dress looks like, now lets see some women with curves!
Post # 3
I even have pics for you!!! I am a street size 18/20 (although I look bigger in my pics for some reason). I chose a drop waist (to hide my problem area which is my lower belly pudge).
This is me
My Dress (which is plastered all over the boards)
Post # 4
i have a hour glass body with a HUGE butt. im a 14/16 street size. i tried different dresses and choose mine because on how it make my waist so tiny. i also add a bolero to hide my huge arms… i love my dress.
Post # 5
I will say that a corset does wonders for both controlling and flattering existing curves and creating new ones!
Post # 6
I second the undergarments – I’m not full figured, but I do have a fair amount of ‘squish’ around my waist, and the first time I tried on a dress with a built in corset, I was shocked. Instead of my normal ‘straight up and down’ shape (i.e. hips/waist/bust are all the same number), I suddenly had an hourglass figure!
The right undergarments can help a lot. 🙂
Post # 7
In trying on dresses, appropriate rouching also did wonders for me a street size 16/18.
Post # 8
I am avoiding trying on dresses yet bc i’m scared (street size 16, 18 on a bad day). I am planning to look for dresses with rouching and an assymetrical line though. Also, corsets will be a major plus. I’ve heard that Maggie Sottero is great for plus sized girls because of the corsets. Also, check out the new Miss’s post on the board yesterday about buying a plus size dress. I can’t remember her name…. anyone? Oyster maybe?
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Post # 10
The others are right–try a long line bra (goes down to your natural waist) or a corset (“real”, high quality corsets are tough to find for curvy girls) to give you a waist. Then, the modified Alines with a dropped waist and ruching can look very good.
But if you don’t want to fight against your natural shape, try an Aline or ballgown with a higher waist, like this one:
It will hit you at your tiniest part (detail up on the top will draw the eye upward) and just skim over your hips without adding bulk. People will think it’s just the dress, not tummy/hips/bottom.
Strut Bridal Salon
Post # 11
I am a street size 9 but I have problem areas. When looking for a dress I realized that the quality of dress makes a difference. I bought a Maggie Sorrtero and it is like wearing a corset. Flattens my tummy and pushes everything up! It was well worth the cost. You can tell the quality when you try them on.
Post # 12
Dont forget you can always add a sash or belt to your waist to help pull they eye towards your smallest area uptop 😀
Post # 13
Magenta, where did you get that dress?? I love it!
Post # 14
Thank you huys! All your input is helpful. I have been looking at dresses and I am so tired of designers using the ball gown with the short sleeves in ivory or pure white satin, and it makes me smile to see some people stray away from that. Just because we’re plus size doesnt mean we dont have style!
Post # 15
I wore a size 18 wedding dress. I also wore underwear of the architectural variety, including a crinoline to puff out the bottom of the gown enough so that any puffiness I had below the waist would appear to be just part of the design. Here I am:
Post # 16
This is my dress (I totally distorted my face because I looked like CRAP this day and I’m making the strangest face), it’s a David’s Bridal size 18. This is actually the look of the dress for the reception. During the ceremony, the dress has a long sleeved lace and beaded jacket that is the full length of the dress.