Post # 1
I am a Waiting Bee. He has a ring, and we’ve discussed marriage and our future many times. Now it is just a waiting game waiting for the “official” proposal. Then the planning can begin! So in my pre-planning experiences…I’ve come across an important question about dresses.
First off, I am plus size. And when I say plus size, I don’t mean a size 10, or even a size 18. I mean I wear around a 24 pants, and usually a 3X top. So I imagine I’ll be in the 24/26 size range for dresses. I have a David’s Bridal bridesmaids dress in a size 26 from a friend’s wedding, and it fits fairly well. Might even be a touch too large.
So being plus size is a concern of mine, as far as finding flattering dresses, as well as being able to try on gowns in an actual store. My second issue is…my boobs are quite large. Like, I wear a D or DD cup size, depending on the bra. So they are not small. I absolutely hate feeling exposed…I hate tops and dresses with low necklines, because I feel like my boobs are just right there on display. So I don’t particularly want to always be looking down at my chest during my wedding to make sure my boobs aren’t too exposed. I’d prefer to have them mostly covered up. So no cleavege for me!
So now my question: What style of dress would be most appropriate and flattering for a size 24-26 body with a large chest? Any ladies out there with similar body styles? Advice and pictures would be SO helpful! Thanks, ladies!
Post # 3
What is your body shape? Generally speaking an A-line dress with a natural waist is one of the more flattering shapes for all sizes, but that depends on what your shillouette is.
I’m usually a shirt size 22, pants 18, and have a 40G bra size. I got my Oleg Cassini from DB and they had to order it in a size 26 just to fit my chest and linebacker shoulders.
Post # 4
@FutureMrsB105: It definitely depends on where you hold your weight. If you’re an hour glass shape, answers will be different than if you are an ‘apple’ shape. As PP mentioned, a structured a-line dress would be best generally speaking. I would also add that if you’re self concious about your chest size and being exposed, you may want to consider a dress with straps.
Post # 5
@FutureMrsB105: I just went through all that anxiety….I have lost weight recently and am back down to a size 18 pants…..and xl shirt….so first off….my biggest suggestion is to do your research ahead of time, I went to two stores (had a 3rd apt scheduled but cancelled because i found my dress!) but all the places i went I called in and asked what size of dresses they carried, and ensured they had plus size gowns, the ones that didnt, i didnt bother to go into!
secondly….Wedding dresses run SMALL! on average bridal runs 2+ size smaller (so a 24 would wear a 26+ depending on the designer!) prepare yourself for that! the dress i ordered was a 24 soo yeah!
as far as feeling exposed, its about finding the right style….I was convinced i would look like boobzilla in a strapless sweetheart neckline….but guess what was actually the most flattering….yup a strapless modified sweetheart neckline!! I also wear a 38F bra!!! corset backs help to feel more inconrtol with your bust!!
Rouching is your friend….it makes a world of difference, and again corset backs are phenomenal for shaping!!!
as far as style I went with a fuller A-line gown….with a more natural waste!! I LOATHED how i looked in drop waisted styles (some curvy ladies look fab in them!! but not me!) natural waist looked the best on me!! and ya know i did not feel exposed one bit!!! some of the gowns with straps i tried on made me feel MORE exposed then the strapless!!! because there was such a deep V in the front!
when you go to try on dresses i recomend GOOD shapewear underneath! and what really helped me! seems silly! but!! I went dressed really nice (jeans, heels, full face of make up, hair done, my favorite dressy top!) and I FELT pretty that day!!
So overall I recommend, A-lines, corset backs, good undergarments, and go feeling pretty!!
Post # 6
@FutureMrsB105: also trust your helper!! and bring only people who bring you up!!! my dress the sales girl had to talk me into!!! But I am SOOO glad her and my FMIL did!
here is my dress for refrence!
Post # 7
My body is not really similar except my boobs, which are 36FF, so I get you on feeling really “out there” sometimes. My experience was that sweetheart necklines looked the best (didn’t cover too much or too little). You could also go for a jacket or bolero over your dress, or one with an illusion neckline.
Trilly is right about not being able to tell what type of dress will be best on you without knowing your body shape, and even then you’ll have to try things on. Some ball gowns looked perfect on me, for instance, and others . . . *shudder*. I can say that the general advice I got (“Empire waist will cover more”) was horrible, and made me look like a viking warrioress dressed in a toga (emphasized the chest WAAAAAAAAY too much, but also made me look barrel-chested at the same time, which was impressive).
Basically, look around the full-figured board for similar brides and their dress photos; there’s even a “post your dress” thread with about a bagillion photos of lovely brides in all sorts of dress types.
When you go to try things on in store, I’d suggest starting at a large David’s Bridal with good reviews or somewhere similar if you can (Alfred Angelo was nice for me, but reviews indicate that stores vary widely in quality).
Post # 8
First off, I feel you. I’m about the same size. Last year I was a solid 26 (and pushing it) then I lost a bunch of weight and got down to an 18-20. Now I’m somewhere in a 20-24 range, depending on the brand. However, my wedding dress that I got measured for months ago was ordered in a 26. I’m waiting for it to arrive, but I know I have more inches than I was when I was measured.
Think about the things you wear regularly. Are you comfortable showing your arms? I am, but I know a lot of plus size women aren’t. I prefer an A-line dress, but depending on your shape you may look better in a fit and flare (I’ve seen some size 24+ women totally rock it). Trust your consultant because there are some great ones. And if you have a terrible first consultant, let someone know so they can fix it. There are still awful sizeist people out there and I’ve read horror stories on here about bees who didn’t have the experience they wanted. If that happens, talk to the manager, speak up, and let them know. Try to relax and enjoy it as much as you can. Do your research and come prepared with things you think will look good.
Post # 9
It sounds like knowing my body type might be more helpful in providing advice, so here goes! I am over 300 pounds, around 350 really. Not small by any means. I am almost 6 feet tall though, and my weight is faily evenly distributed. Lots of weight in my belly, arms and butt. I am mostly just big all over. 42 DD bra, size 24 pants, size 3X tops, size 11 shoes, size 9 ring. I’m just big! Lol. I’m okay with it, as I do have a pretty healthy lifestyle. It just makes shopping a nightmare sometimes.
Post # 10
I’m about your size, slightly smaller on the top, but I carry most of my weight in my middle. Honestly, everything I thought I knew about what would work and didn’t work for me and dresses went out the window went I went to try them on! Try and find a plus size dress shop in your area, I drove 1.5 hours to get to one, and it was the best thing I could do. They had a ton of things taht I could actually try on and knew what would work for me. Best thing I did! And the shape that worked best for me was an A-line, here is a picture! (And yes, I”m usually a 2x on top, but that corset really SUCKED ME IN! I felt so tiny!) This is from when I actually bought the dress, I ended up having strap/sleeve things added on for the wedding.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn
I am also a plus sized dress, and I just ordered my dress yesterday! The best advice I can give you is to find a bridal shop that has a large plus sized selection. I went to David’s bridal first thinking they would have the largest plus sized selection and I was disapointed, there were only about 6 dresses I could try on. Yesterday I went to a shop that told me they had a large plus size selection and they weren’t kidding. There were probably about 40 dresses I could have tried on, I think I tried on about 12 yesterday. My only other advice is to be open to trying differant shapes and fabrics. What looks good on a hanger may not be for you, even if it’s what you think you want. My dress isn’t what I thought I would get, but it’s gorgeous and super figure flattering. So, be open to trying a few differant things and see what you like the most!
Post # 12
@FutureMrsB105: If your weight is evenly distributed then you should be able to pull off an A-line. If your weight is in your hips any dress with a higher neckline, something that would broaden your shoulders a bit, would give you a more balanced shillouette while maintaining the coverage you want. I’m 5’11”, so I know your pain of feeling like the elephant in the room. The dress on the right is mine and it makes my waist look damn near waspish when I’ve got all the proper underthings on.
Post # 13
@FutureMrsB105: I am your body type. 24 pant 40 d chest . All the a- lines were extremely flattering I thought. Have something tight up top to show off your curves and nothing too clingy On bottom. I found 2 dresses I loved at davids and ultimately went with this Essence of Australia – one pic has better details of dress and other has more true to life body shape
Post # 14
@FutureMrsB105: I might suggest trying on dresses for style at David’s, then ordering a custom gown from Jasmine Bridal or another custom shop that does SUCH reasonably priced work. Way cheaper than bridal shop pricing.
Post # 15
I’m not the thinnest girl I bought a dress size 16 (I could fit into the 14 if my boobs weren’t so big) and I felt so thin in all the dresses I found. I bought a mermaid because I felt like it balanced me out!! Ull find *your* dress style and u will look and feel beautiful!!!
Post # 16
My FSIL wore a size 26 wedding dress from David’s Bridal. She looked amazing and the thinnest I have ever seen her in that dress. A dress that fits well and that has the right silhouette will be beautiful. Her dress was an A-line.