Post # 1
Have my first dress shopping experience in a month and I want to know what the most flattering type of dress is for someone who is apple shaped – short torso, long legs. I’m normally a street size 10, I’m guessing wedding dress size will be a 12 or 14. I’m not overweight but any weight I do gain, it’s in the middle. So, apple shaped brides, can you show me your dress?
Post # 2
If you have slim hips then a drop waist ball gown or a ruched fit and flare will look great. A lot of websites will tell you that empire dresses look flattering but I find that most of us apples have large ribcages so empires make us look bigger. If your bust, waist and hips are all about the same then you might want to try an a line or if you are slim then a sheath. If you try a mermaid stick to those with fuller skirts to balance out your bust. I think its harder for us to find a dress than other shapes but they are out there. So good luck.
Post # 3
This designer as kind of a cool figure guide and there are more out there!
Just click your shap and it breaks it down for you 😀
Post # 4
It kind of depends whether you have any kind of a defined waist.
Some apple girls still have somewhat of a defined waist, but they tend to be short waisted with a belly out the front. For those girls, as the PP said, a drop waist is good to highlight the curve of the waist and lengthen the torso – but it’s best with a full skirt like a ball gown or fit and flare to hide the belly. If you go with more fitted (i.e. fit and flare) then ruching is your friend!
If you don’t have a defined waist then a-lines are best, but that still gives you a few options ranging from a-lines that are more like sheaths, to those that are more like ballgowns. It’s all about the line of the skirt being fairly simple and the dress starting to flare out at a point that is flattering.
Also structure is really awesome. You want the dress to have enough structure so that it doesn’t cling to your belly at all but flows over it so you can’t see it (or is ruched so you can’t see it).
Edit: And here’s my dress, though it probably won’t help you that much as I am nowhere near your size and didn’t chose a traditional bridal dress.
Post # 5
size 10/12 in street clothes had to order my dress in a 16 or 18 (I honestly can’t remember right now) pretty sure a 16 though
Post # 6
I wear street size 10. I’m 5’9 ” My dress size ended up being a size 14. I needed no alterations except for taking my straps in- and adding a bustle. I was the perfect height yay for tall brides!
For me A-Line is the most flattering on my body type. When I gain weight it’s in the middle. I didn’t really diet or anything prior to my wedding, I figured he fell in love with me at the same size, he proposed to me at the same size. He’ll marry me at the same size. I figured A- line dresses seem to make you appear to be more narrow in the waist and that’s what I fine feminine and timeless so that’s what I went with. I actually ONLY tried on A line dresses with Narrow Waists
In the end it doesn’t really matter about the SIZE- it matters about the fit and finding something to flatter. Make sure you wear whatever undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day to your dress shopping so you can get the look you are going for. IE if you plan to wear spanx, bring the spanx
If you are interested you can see my full recap here: http://goo.gl/y6swuE
Post # 7
I wear street size 10. My dress is size 14, although this is me squished into the sample size. Its a modified A line, so it hides my thighs. They also had this corset bra thing they had me wear which pretty much eliminated my tummy (probably my biggest problem area) and sorry for the sideways picture, I cannot figure out why it flipped it or how to fix it.
Post # 8
future.mrs.koban: What designer/style is your dress?
Post # 9
Wow, thank you everyone, this really gives me a good idea of what to look for when I go. Forgot to mention that I don’t have much of a bust either, I’m typically a B cup, so I’m probably going to have to look into a padded bra as well to help fill some things out, haha. That’s usually my biggest problem with being Apple shaped, I don’t have the bust to balance everything out From top to bottom.
Btw all your dresses are gorgeous! Very excited to shop now after seeing them!