Post # 1
Ok my fellow beautiful full figured brides..i am desperate for your help. I think I have posted this issue a couple of times under accessories but I am just not pleased iwth my results (great suggestions but not enough detail :D). So i was hoping posting it here would help. I am a street size 16-18 and have a strapless dress. I think i look great in my dress but it just is not me to wear strapless adn i want to look like myself and feel like myself on my wedding day. So i am looking for some sleeve options. I think i want a bolero because i can remove it if i get hot or if i dont like it I dont have to wear it (it will not be a permanent part of my dress). Attached is a pic of me in my dress (sorry for the poor quality). but i need specific suggestions.
What about caped sleeves. Will this make my arms look fat?
would 3/4 sleeves be silly for a June wedding (inside)?
what about an elbow sleeve option?
suggestions on where I can purchase a flattering bolero? oneline or stores (i prefer stores)-i went to my bridal boutique and i hate theirs!
material? lace? chiffon? -my dress is satin on top with a chiffon overlay starting at the waist.
Thanks ladies 😀
Post # 4
Im not sure if you feel comfortable ordering online but this website has some cute boleros. http://www.plussizebridal.com/SearchResults.asp?category=SB
Post # 5
Have you looked on etsy?
Love Rohm’s shop – I drool over this one…..
Post # 6
I’m a street size 16-18 as well. First let me say your dress is beautiful!! I like the general style but am not convinced that the lace would go well with your dress. What about something like a friend of mine wore in her wedding? You could find a cashmere type or even the satin type of your skirt or bodice. You may be able to find a local seamstress who would work customizing one to your shape.
Post # 7
I blew the budget-i have tried etsy but i dont remember seeing this one. what is its name?
Post # 8
amaroo-i thought the same thing about the lace. i was originally looking for a chiffon one but they are all so plain and none flattering. i like your friends, where did she get it?
my friend at work is a seamstress (kind of) and she said she would do it. i dont know though…
Post # 9
I’m awful because I didn’t look through the links posted previously, but just throwing some different styles that I think could be flattering out there. Oh, and by the way – I’m a size 2/4 and my arms look big when I wear cap sleeves! I have gross arms anyway, but it’s really not linked to dress size!
This one is my favorite! It says cap sleeves, but they don’t really look like them to me. I think it’s gorgeous!
Hope that helps, good luck!
Post # 10
My friend got hers at the local bridal shop. I’ve also seen this style in dress clothes at local department stores as well. I really like 3/4 sleeves rather than long sleeves. In regards to plain vs lace, I’ve found many times plane is elegant. Have you tried your local fabric shop for patterns and/or material? They will may times have entire catalogs of wedding patterns. Then you could have your friend make it and not worry about the style.
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You could also check DB or local department stores. I was at Macy’s yesterday getting a dress for our VERY possible civil ceremony, which may happen shortly, and saw a few different ones on clearance, in the plus size area. You may be able to get away with a “regular” sized bolero jacket (I love boleros, got a great one for $3 at a thrift store that was XL although I wear 20-22 and it fit!) I understand about the strapless thing, it isn’t me either and I would feel too exposed.
Post # 13
I am going to check macys and dillards today. if i dont find what i am looking for I think i will have my friend who is a steamstress make my bolero for me for the cost of materials only (and a surprise gift of course)
so i think it will work out i just need to be patient 😀
Post # 14
Sorry I just saw your post–
I stock tons of different bolero styles for my plus sized brides, but I had to be creative in where they came from. Most wedding dress manufacturers make boleros to match their dresses. So try searching online (or go into your local retailer–they should have a book or a pricelist to give you item #s). My other trick was to actually buy bridesmaids jackets. They had more options 🙂 So check out a bridemaids retailer and see what options they carry (Again, ask for a book because they can order it even if it’s not in their usual stock).
Strut Bridal Salon
Post # 15
@Acampeau – we really don’t appreciate advertising on the boards…
Post # 16
I’m pretty sure my post suggested she visit local retailers or go online–not a word about calling me. I was just giving her an “insider tip”.