- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
After a few months of searching for dresses for my 10-year anniversary vow renewal, I’ve come up with 2 dresses. The two dresses couldn’t be any more different, but I’m just not sure what will look best on me. Here are the problems I have been facing:
1. I am plus size. It has been near impossible to find something that I like. It seems during this whole process I’ve been trying to accommodate to what dresses I can find vs. what dresses I will like. Lame!
2. I’ve been to bridal stores, but they don’t have anything in stock in my size, or they don’t listen to me. I say, “Hey, I know I don’t look good in straight fitted gowns…” and what do they come out with? That’s right…straight fitted Mother of the Bride gowns. It seems that ordering online is my best option, but it’s hard to know how things will look.
3. I’m having an old Hollywood event, so I wanted to wear something that looked time period friendly. I have been having a hard time deciding between the 1920’s and the 1940’s. All of our guest get to choose their favorite era to dress in.
Now, I do have a couple of things in my favor.
1. I was married almost 10 years ago. I was also plus size then (though not as large as I am now), and so I have the advantage of knowing what styles of dresses work best on me based on my first shopping experience. I look best in figure 8 style, spoon style or oval style dresses. I look better with dresses that wrap, or do not accent my waist. Typically an empire waist or full skirt look really good on me.
2. This isn’t a wedding. So, I feel like I have some room to experiment with options that I would be too nervous to do as an actual bride.
Now, most of the dresses that I have liked have been from Light in the box. It’s kind of scary though. Reviews are totally mixed, and I wish that I could find a ‘real person’ who shared their experience from beginning to end.
I decided to order the dress I liked from Light in the Box today (March 6, 2011). I ordered the other dress I liked from Igigi over the weekend.
Here is the dress I selected from Light In The Box:
The dress looks 1940’s to me. I like the halter neck, and the ball gown portion of the skirt should be flattering on my figure. The bodice gives the illusion of an empire waist, which tends to work well on me. (Granted, the way I envision that working could be completely different once I see it on my body.) Visually when I look at the picture, my eye goes to the skirt and the chest/neck…, which is good, because going to the tummy is a bad thing.
This dress also looks ‘red carpet’ worthy, which is a huge plus to a Hollywood themed event.
I provided my measurements to light in the box for the custom fit. I had myself professionally measured prior to ordering the dress online.
I ordered the dress in Ivory, because I didn’t want white and I was nervous that the champagne could look dingy. I real wish this dress had come in red or black. However, I doubt that would be an issue for most brides. 😉
I am 5’9″ so I am actually taller than the modeled photographed. I will be interested to see if the tapering of the skirt matches that which is in the picture. I’m expecting it to go in an A shape.
Okay, now to prove that I’m a real person, and not just some employee of light in the box, I am including my web address. I am a professional photographer, so you can bet that if this is the dress I go with, there will be a multitude of photographs when the big day arrives. Here’s my site: http://www.anginet.com
Finally, I want to show you my other dress option at this point (can you say indecisive?). I ordered this from Igigi. I am looking at this for a 20’s style outfit that would include a flapper coat or faux fur. There is no way I’m wearing bare arms with either of these dresses. I will wait to accessorize once the dress decision has been made. 😉
Here is Igigi dress: http://www.igigi.com/plus-size-wedding/lucia-lace-gown.html
Ultimately, this has been my least favorite part of planning. I truly hope that one of these gowns will work, and I am leaning towards the Light In The Box option as my favorite.
So, this is the start of my Light In The Box adventure. Hopefully by doing this, it will help other brides decide if this option is a good one or not.