Big & Tall? – inspiration needed. Show me what's possible!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Taiki: I don’t share a similar body type, but I recall either on TV or a website or somewhere seeing a very tall, athletically built bride in a Grecian style wedding gown and it was gorgeous!  Cinched at the wait with a beaded belt, very flowy and romantic and it suited her very well!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m trying really hard to picture what you look like! I’m 6′ and had some issues when dress shopping, too. Have you tried the fit & flare styles? My dress is Mori Lee Blu 4914, I’m at work so I don’t have pics of me in it, but if you google the stock image, the skirt of the dress sits about 3 inches higher on my hips than it does on the model (and I am obviously not nearly as thin as she is, and much more hippy). Other fit & flare skirts started too low and just made me look…odd. The style of the dress “cuts” me in half a bit, so I don’t look like one long, tall sally. I love being tall, but I don’t like when it is the only thing people notice about me. You’ll probably need some alterations to bring the waist in, but I think this style might help to accentuate your curves. The bridal salon also sewed a push-up style bra into my dress, for some emphasis.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Taiki:  Hi there. I’m 5’11” too with a very small chest but normal shoulders. Did you know that bridal sizing is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off? Like it’s the best way to give yourself a bad headache and a bad day.

For me, because my hips are my largest part of my body, they ordered a dress 3 or 4 sizes larger than what I usually wear. I was heartbroken. My good seamstress will take it in everywhere and make it blend beatifully. And boobs? Oh, they can add padding and bra inserts and what not. I’ll never have cleavage (until I decide to pay for it) but at least they can sew on a boob bump or two. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good picture of me in the dress. The sample I tried on was a size 28 so it’s a really poor representation of its fit. I pick it up tomorrow so we’ll see! 

 If you are scared of balancing your shoulders and hips, you can do slips to add volume or not. I say, spill your guts to an understanding bridal consultant and I bet they will bend over backwards to help you.

Bottom line, keep shopping. There are so many great dresses out there. You just need to spend a little more time looking.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The only advice I can give you is to keep shopping. Try on whatever dresses strike your fancy; don’t look for specific shapes/styles. You never know what will look amazing on you. Good luck!!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m 6′ and I weigh 190 (bmi 25.8) so we sound somewhat similar in that regard. It doesn’t sound like we have the same body types though, I have a larger bust and I’m pretty ‘boxy’.I ended up with an A line dress because it ended up being most flattering on me. The dress in the picture is a size 18 but its too big, my actual dress is a size 14. My suggestion is just to try things on, I never would’ve thought that I’d wear a dress like this but I adore it and I’m so grateful that I tried it on. Also you can get any dress altered to fit your body better 🙂 

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Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a similiar body type! 6’0! I tended to like the straight cuts that were tighter on the top but slightly flared out to make room for my booty…they were more forgiving and I imagined adding shapewear would help in a lot of places (for me atleast!) Here’s a pic of one of the dresses in that sillouette I didn’t get but looking back I wish I had! Good luck!!! Like Miss Mauverick said, try any and all styles! Something that you think would look horrible on the hanger may look amazing in person! 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Taiki:  I’m planning on getting an actual corset for underneath my wedding dress, as I want both the boob support and the waist definition.

I’m shorter than you are, but I’m also broad shouldered and backed, and got annoyed at dresses a few times for making me look like a linebacker in drag. Luckily I also found lots of dresses that made my shoulders look more in proportion to the rest of me.

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Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Taiki:  First, yay for being tall!!!  Whenever I was worried about dress shopping, or how things would look on my stretched out frame I would remember this one clip from “Say Yes to the Dress” where Randy was trying to make a small bride feel better by saying “well, these dresses were made for models who are 6′, and no one can live up the those standards”<br /><br />

Well us tall ladies can :).  I am 6′ and we sound quite similar, except our problems are reversed!  I also have broad shoulders and a pretty average waist to hip ratio, but I have ample boobage and no junk in the trunk!  Best advice I can give is stick with it, try on a lot of styles that you wouldn’t usually try on.  The dress I ended up with was a dress a laughed at and only tried on as a joke.  

Here’s me in my Mori Lee 4965 size 12

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am broad shouldered and small busted so wedding dresses that fit my largest measurement gap at the bosom.  Some suggestions to minimize the shoulder area are to avoid straps that hit you at the point of shoulder or are delicate.  They just make your shoulders look broader. As for the bust, necklines that are semi sweetheart or have additional detail or beading tend to look more flattering.  Since you are tall you could probably get away with a high necked halter top neckline in addition to the others that I mentioned.  Watch out for v-necks and and natural waist ball gowns they tend to look better on big busted women.  If you are a tiny waisted pear the fit and flare dresses will flatter you.  A good seamstress could add double cups to the bust.  Just pick a dress you like that accents your good points and minimizes the spots you don’t lovel And use your imagination cause not all samples will be the correct size.  good luck.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

delphinia:  Personally, I found that most halterneck gowns made me incredibly self-conscious of my shoulders. Also, before I started going up in cup sizes, I found that v-necks were really flattering in general (and they remain so to this day).

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