(Closed) Flattering Dress Shape for All Sizes?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Me too! I’m having the same issue. BUT I’ve found a solution. We’re doing convertible dresses. I’m actually making them for a fraction of the current retail cost.

Because they’re convertible, you can make sleeves, a halter top, a strappless dress, or your own creation by twisting and tieing the straps. SUPER cool and flatter ALL shapes and sizes of girls.

I’m making ours out of cotton jersey I’m purchasing online. That’s 4 bridesmaids dresses AND an after-ceremony dress for me for under $200 total. (These go for $150-$400 retail!) The pattern to make these is SUPER easy – it’s literally only sewing three straight lines. If you can’t sew, have a friend or family member make one. Or find someone through Craigslist or a local seamstress. Or you could buy one already made – whatever is easier on your budget and time limit!

YouTube videos of different ways to wear this – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+wrap+convertible+dress&search_type=&aq=f

Here’s a retail provider of these dresses – http://butterbynadia.com/wrap.html

Here’s the sewing tutorial I used – http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html

Post # 4
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s really hard to say without having them try dresses on. I would think that a simple a-line looks good on most people, but that might not be true. I think the best thing to do would be to go with them or ask them to go try on dresses, or ask them what kinds of dresses that they currently own do they feel look good on them/what they feel most comfortable in. That might give you a starting point.

I feel ya on the difficulty of finding a dress to flatter different body types! I have four bms, one is 6 ft tall and stick thin, one is 5’8 and small on top, bigger on the bottom; one is 5’6″ and curvy, and the other is 5’4″ and has a large chest and is curvy as well. It was harder finding their dresses than finding mine!

Post # 5
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you want everyone to wear the same dress, I found that trumpet styles are a good one. If not you can always let them choose their own.

Post # 6
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My bridesmaids are having their dresses made by a local dress maker. It is so much cheaper because there are zero alterations! If you can’t find anything in the stores, I’d recommend this!

Post # 7
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think dresses that have an empire waist where the rest of the dress just lays and flows over the tummy is great. This style looks great on tall/ thin girls just as it does on the gals that are a little bigger.

I would stay away from dresses that are fitted or narrow; as well as dresses that are “boxy” looking.

Here is an example of the dresses my girls wore and they ranged in height and sizes (4 up to a 18) and each one of them loved this dress! 


Post # 8
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


^^^^^^^ i love it….

Post # 9
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Here is a site that may help you. I was going to get these for my girls, but I have decided to make their gowns myself instead.

This site offers choices that you can mix and match for any body type. They are very reasonable and will send you swatches of fabric at no charge. If you call them, make sure you leave a message and they will call you right back. I tried calling them and didn’t leave a message and then I read all of their reviews and one of the reveiwers said that they called back right away after they left a message. I tried it and they really do.


Post # 10
865 posts
Busy bee

A-line dresses are very flattering for everyone.

Post # 11
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I picked a color and a designer and let my Bridesmaid or Best Man pick whatever dress they wanted. This way they all will look amazing but still matching

Post # 12
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Get them together and let them try stuff on.  It’s a terrible idea to get your heart set on a particular dress only to find out that it looks terrible in real life on all those different body types.  If you can’t all get together, then send them all to their local David’s bridal to try stuff on.  You don’t have to get the dresses from there, but then each one could report back to you which styles worked/didn’t work for them, and that would give you more guidance.

Post # 13
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with jwinnings – I’d recommend having them try on a-line silhouettes.  🙂  Probably your best bet…  

Post # 14
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree…A-lines, with a V-neck maybe. You could also consider picking the color and length and letting them choose the style.

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