(Closed) Honest (gentle!) opinions on dresses please, for curvy girly…

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which dress should inspire my dressmaker?
    the Jim Hjelm, because... : (34 votes)
    21 %
    the Alisa Benay, because... : (101 votes)
    62 %
    Elements of both, details below... : (9 votes)
    6 %
    Neither, how about... details below : (18 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i love the second dress! it’s so dreamy and ethereal.

    silk isn’t a forgiving fabric, so the second dress might be more flattering. have you tried on gowns with empire waists? some people love them because they hide your midsection, but some people think empire waists make them look bigger.

    Post # 4
    1391 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Oh my gosh I LOVE that second dress. It is so romantic looking

    Post # 5
    3576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    LOVE the 2nd dress.  GORGEOUS!

    Post # 6
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    the second one looks great 🙂

    Post # 7
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I voted from the Jim Hjelm.  From your description of yourself it sounds like your waist is your favorite part of your body.  The Jim Hjelm highlights the waist and the empire cut of the alisa benay completely hides the waist.   If you are really uncomfortable with your arms you could do the basic cut of the Jim Hjelm but add another strap and do cap sleeves.

    Post # 8
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My only concern about the Jim Hjelm one is that the fabric and cut might not be flattering.  It looks like it would show every curve.  Have you gone to a bridal store to try on any gowns to know how they look on your body?

    Post # 9
    471 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    While I loooooooove that Jim Hjelm beauty, I would go with the Alisa Benay. I think the Jim Hjelm requires a body basically of that model wearing it, and the other would be much more forgiving and beautiful on a normal body type. 

    You could maybe even take the one shoulder element of the jim hjelm and add it to the other one to make it more similar… 

    Love them both 🙂 

    Post # 10
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Wow, I want that Alisa Benay for myself, it is so pretty and wonderful.  I like the little bit of sleeves, I think the dress is very attractive.

    Post # 11
    4771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have a very hard time visualizing your body type.  I don’t fancy either dress, sorry.  The first one really dosn’t do it for me and seems to be made for skinny minny and the empire waist on the second one puts me off since they tend to make people look much bigger than they are.  I think if the waist was lowered on the second one than it would be much better.

    Bonny has some lovely plus sized dresses in their unforgetable collection, if you want to look at them for inspiration.

    Off topic are you from Ireland or having a DW? I’m having a Destination Wedding in Northern Ireland.

    Post # 12
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    While flowy is nice, it isn’t always figure flattering. Personally, I think that too much flow can make people look larger than they actually are.  I have a big bottom half (pear shaped) and flowy dresses make me look huge!  I think the JH is best.  It has a beautiful waist that will really highlight that area and give you a beautiful shape (especially since you’re uh…gifted…up top).  Silk may not be the best fabric, so maybe keep looking at other dresses that have the same waist.  Of course, either dress is nice.  And I am sure you are going to look STUNNING on your wedding day in whatever you choose to wear! 

    Post # 13
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think the second will be the most flattering for a more curvy girl! It’s gorgeous!

    Post # 14
    4547 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    The second one is gorgeous and flowy! Love it!

    Post # 15
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Ilove the second one.  It just seems so romantic and beautiful.  Its light and very flowy!  Good luck (I Am searching for the perfect dress too!)

    Post # 16
    15 posts
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Honestly I prefer the first one. The second looks like a maternity dress. The first one would be stunning.

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