Post # 1
So, compared to some brides here I feel like I qualify as ultra plus size, haha. I’m looking for a dress that’s comfortable but doesn’t make me look pregnant. My stomach protrudes slightly farther than my (also large) bust, so I think that makes me an apple shape?
My mom is pushing for empire waist, but if I recall correctly, that silhouette gives me the exact appearance I’m hoping to avoid. Are corsets the only way? Because I have this crazy concern about being able to breathe and not having my fat squished up over the top of the corset when I sit down.
The nearest bridal shop is three hours away, so I’m hoping some of you will be kind enough to show me what ya got and help me save gas money. 😉 TIA!
Post # 3
Well I know corsets can be a pain but have you ever tried spanx (or cheaper verisons) I find they work great. I think an empire waist might like u say make you look pregnaunt.
Maybe look at the more wrapped style dresses and something that pulls the waist line down to ur hips.
Personally some of the dresses I’ve tried that are “corseted” arn’t very bad for breathing I would avoid the rigid steal boned corsets though.
Also you said you are large busted but have you considered adding to it? I know this does the trick for me sometimes and I’m a 40I and I’ll still use a push up bra and extra padding to make them a little more dramatic.
And to save you a drive do you have any larger deptment stores near by? sometimes they have a formal wear section (not bridal) that you could try on some different styles at.Lastly if you have any local plus size stores (i’m canadian so all I can think of is maybe lane bryant) go in and see what style dresses they are carring you could get a feel for the basic shape of the dress and go from there.
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Post # 5
I second PP’s suggestion about A-line gowns. I definitely have a tummy and I found them to be the most flattering. The one I got is A-line with rouching and beading:
Post # 6
@Mylnn: Steel boning isn’t more rigid than plastic, that’s a fairly common misconception. Spiral steels are incredibly flexible but unlike plastic they won’t buckle and deform under stress. Therefore steel boning is actually a plus size girl’s best friend. Whether you can breathe in a corset is more to do with how well it fits. If it is the wrong shape or size then you’ll be uncomfortable no matter what it’s made of. I’d recommend a corset for any plus size girl as it will help turn wobbles into curves.
Post # 7
@SpecialSundae ahh I was just going from personal exp my steel boned corset hurt after about an hour where any of my other ones feel ok could just be my corset though.
Post # 8
I am chesty and my biggest problem area is absolutely my belly. I ended up with a more fitted gown that had a ton of rouching. I was so concerned about having my chest spill over that I ended up going without a bra. With one, I got the whole “boobs in my face” look when I sat down. So that is one hint, try sitting down in the dress and during the alterations. I didn’t expect to end up with this dress but just felt so glamorous in it. It didn’t have a corset either so there are plenty of dresses out there that don’t. My advice is to try on everything. Here are a couple pics of my dress.
Post # 9
@Mylnn: I’m not saying corsets can’t be uncomfortable, but much like bras if they fit wrong they’ll dig in and be unflattering. Plastic boning seems like a great idea but if it buckles (which often it does) it will dig in really badly. Steel bones are heavier but the right ones in the right places are actually more comfortable. The firm feel of a corset comes from a combination of two to four layers of stiff fabric, spiral and flat steel boning and a rigid steel busk.
If you want to see plus-size girls looking awesome in corsetted wedding dresses, check out Uptight Clothing!
Their favourite model in jeans and a t-shirt:
In her final corsetted dress:
(Sorry, I can’t upload pics from work.)
Post # 10
@chrispygal: Wow you look gorgeous!
Post # 11
I’m plus size and have a tummy and big boobs. I say a definite thumbs down to empire waist. Big boobs + empire waist = pregnant looking. I went for an a-line, non-strapless dress. I haven’t gotten married yet, but I think it’s really flattering. The ruching hides my problem waist, and the straps make me feel like I won’t come spilling over the top.
Post # 12
Yeah, as PPs have shown, I actually think a fitted bodice dress is the way to go. I always find them most flattering on an ‘apple’ shape, and I agree that empire should be avoided. It’s a tough silhouette to wear for anyone. I’d say something between a mermaid and aline (not super fitted around the bottom, like a mermaid, but up to the hip) would be good.
And rouching definitely helps keep the eye moving up and down, which will make you look fabulous!
Post # 13
I am not plus sized but still have a belly to contend with. I agree emptire is the worst! Not only does it give one that pregnancy look, but I often feel that that many of the styles remind me of night gowns! I’ll show you my dress, it is A-line and also has wraps around the top half and lowered waist, which @Mylnn: suggested: When I tried on this dress I was like…oh my god, my waist looks sooo small!!! (an experience I didn’t have in any other dress!!) so that was exciting! Good luck with your dress search and keep us updated!
Post # 14
@KatyElle: Awww…thanks. 🙂 That first picture is my absolute favorite from the day – and completely candid if you’ll believe it!
Post # 15
The key to not having fat pushed up over a bodice is not pulling the corset too tight at the top. As you go further down you can tighten it.
Post # 16
@chrispygal: I agree with @KatyElle:, you look gorgeous! Love the candid pic!