Plus size + ruffles = disaster or divahood?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

A plus size lady can definitely rock the ruffles. It’s all in the cut of the dress. A friend of mine (plus size apple shape) looked amazing in dresses with vertical ruffles and a dropped, asymmetric waist, but horizontal ruffles were a no-go for her. Other brides can rock a natural waist horizontal ruffle but not a vertical ruffle. The right ruffle dress will highlight your figure, but you have to be open to trying on different fits and ruffle styles to find the one that works for you.

Post # 3
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


rachel85:  I am a street size 22 and had some ruffles on my dress and I don’t think it made me look bigger than usual. I had a corset top which pulled in my midsection so I think that helped a bit. It is an Alfred Angelo Ariel 210. Here is a pic so you can see what I’m talking about (don’t pay any attention to my sister’s pregnant belly ;):

Post # 4
326 posts
Helper bee

Ruffles on the first dress would be disaster. it will make you look bigger. But the second one is awesome and you could probably rock the ruffles without it making you look bigger. 

Post # 5
326 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s all about where the ruffles start! Bulldogbride! Beautiful! 


Post # 6
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would agree that it’s more about the particular structure of the ruffled dress than it is the ruffles. I think that dress you posted would work well, because it has a very defined waist, and it sounds like you have the personality to rock it! So go try it on and let us know! 🙂

Post # 7
339 posts
Helper bee

You can rock ruffles at any size!!! its just a matter of finding the style that works best for your body type…

Not to change you mind on designers or anything (more for the visual) Mori Lee’s Juliette has ruffles for plus sized brides and if you look at all the designs, the dramatic ruffles start a bit lower that the 2 you are looking at.

Post # 8
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

rachel85:  Regardless of size, you need to try these dream dresses of yours on. No one can say for sure how they will look because we each carry weight differently. When I went dress shopping, I thought a fluffy ballgown was the one for me until I tried it on. Whoa! I was wrong. I went with something completely different but I love it!! MS Bernadette BTW.

Go have fun and exhaust yourself trying on your awesome picks!!

Post # 9
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


rachel85:  I’m not plus sized (hell, I may be to some!!) but I’m definitely not a model.  I carry weight in my hips and thighs and thought no WAY would a fit and flair or mermaid style work on me.  But I tried a bunch of options.  Well, wouldn’t you know it…


Post # 10
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a street size 12/14 and 36DDD. ALL THE RUFFLES.

I do think fit/flare tends to look better than ball gowns on curvier women, but that’s personal preference!

Post # 11
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Hi I’m a plus size, size 16 & I loved the drop waist on me! I tried on the Kirby and a couple other MS dresses & they looked amazing! Super flattering so I’ve bought the divina. Definitley try them on it’s the only way to know. X

Post # 12
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Our church and then at The Garden Room for the reception

Sometimes you’ll be surprised what you can pull off. I’m considered plus size and really never thought that I would pull of a corset back or strapless, but with the right dress and right jacket, it looked marvelous. You should try on an variety of ruffled dresses in your size and see which ones look best for your figure. Good luck.

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