Indie designers and body types

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

goldgoldgold:  The only other suggestions I have, other than what that store already has, are Theia, Ann Taylor, BHLDN and Sue Wong.

I don’t see that being a size 14 means you can’t wear flowy dresses. Being tall will probably mean you can get away with more than a shorter bride can, as well. But you will probably need to go with a dress that has some kind of structure to it in the design, even if the under layer to the dress that you can’t see, even if the dress appears to be flowy on the top layer.

Other than that, it kind of depends what kind of shape your body has. If you don’t have a waist – if you’re top heavy, straight up and down or apple shaped with a bit of a belly – you probably need to look at dresses that creates the look of a waist by some fullness in the skirt – basically an a-line shape or something similar.

If you do have a waist (if you’re hourglass or pear shaped) then as well as the above dresses, you can look at dresses that emphasise your waist in some way. In particular, you can wear drop waist dresses, as you don’t have to worry about them making you look short. I’d be thinking of dresses like these:

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

goldgoldgold:  That shop looks so cool!

My dress was by Elizabeth Dye, who is an indie designer based out of Portland. I’m small but not a stick (5’4″ and 115-120 or so) but I found that the indie designers fit me wonderfully. Elizabeth Dye does a lot of natural waist A-lines or column gowns, and they were all very flattering on me. Same with Sarah Seven (although the bra cups in her gowns are definitely not made for larger chests, and I wasn’t that impressed with the construction).

The sizes from designer to designer may be different, so keep that in mind. Elizabeth Dye sizes in street sizes, not bridal, so my gown was a 6. There’s no way I’d fit into a bridal 6, of course! 🙂 So don’t pay attention the size and look for silhouettes that are flattering on you regardless. I think a full natural waist A-line would be beautiful.

What designers are you interested in?

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