Post # 1
I am very scared to try on dresses. I have a fear that I will not look good. I am a size 24/26. What shape do plus size women look good in? Also anyone have any recommendations on shape wear for plus size women.
Post # 3
Welcome! There are many plus size threads on here w many many images of brides! Keep in mind, that no matter what you look like in your dress your Fh will thik your beautiful!
Def search for the threads with all the images, they have pages and pages of brides!
I myself wear a 24 wedding dress at davids bridal, and i was kinda hard on myself at first. But once you find a great style for your body shape it gets easier.
Post # 4
@Courtney323: Where are you located? Some cities have plus sized bridal salons that carry a wider range of sample sizes. I found one and it made for a MUCH better experience!
In my experience, a-lines are a great choice for plus size brides. They looked awesome. I was also surprised to find that I looked good in a drop-waist gown (I really didn’t think I would). However, that might just be the way my curves are. I ended up buying a slim a-line with a corset back. It gave me an AMAZING shape and made me look way skinnier!
Ballgowns looked just OKAY. The problem is, they widen your hips/thighs. If you have a teeny waist and are curvy in the bust, stomach and butt, a ballgown might work well. However, they made me look WAY wider than I actually am. They also made it hard to sit down because they were so full of fabric.
What did NOT look flattering were mermaid or fit-n-flare styles. They showed off all the wrong areas. Also, empire waist gowns looked terrible. I looked about 7 months pregnant. They were AWFUL.
Post # 5
I am located in Wisconsin. I went to DB and there was a lot to choose from, but I think I am being very picky in what I want. Its really hard to imagine what my body type will look like when the models they use in the advertising are not plus size.
Post # 6
@Courtney323: Where in Wisconsin? If you’re in the Madison area I know that Vera’s bridal has a large plus size selection, as does Brandi’s bridal in New Glarus. My suggestion is to try all sorts of shapes because depending on how you carry your weight you might be able to pull off a style you may not think of otherwise.
I second the PP who said that once you find the shape that works best you’ll have more fun, I tried on the ball gown that I thought would hide my hips but ended up making me look about 50lbs heavier. Once I knew to stick with A-lines it was a lot of fun.
And I’m not sure how they work their magic but my consultant was able to get my size 24 body into a size 18 dress (it ended up being the one I went with) so don’t let the size on the sample dresses discourage you from trying on.
Here’s me in the sample:
And when my dress came in:
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2014 - Morton Arboretum
If you are up for a drive, Miss Pamela’s in Rochester IN is wonderful. Don’t let the small town fool you. They have a larger selection of 18 plus dresses then all of Chicago. P.S. they only carry plus sizes. I am a size 20-22 with 42 G bust and here is my “The One” below.
My recommendation –
1) try not to get frustrated. There is a dress out there for everyone. You just have to try on a bunch to decide what you like best and what flatters your shape best. Not just a plus size, but your curves and body. if you keep an open mind and don’t mind traveling a bit, you can find the one and have a positive wonderful experience doing it.
2) make sure you call the salon ahead and ask them exactly how many dresses in size 20 and up to they have. (some salons will say yes we have those sizes and when you get there they only have 2 or 3), that may not be worth your time and may get you frustrated.
3) DO not care about the size, bridal sizes can run small, they can run abnormal to street clothes, they can even be 4-6 sizes larger. Remember this is a Wedding dress with lots of expensive fabric, you want it to fit perfect so no matter the size go with what the measurements say. You can always take the dress in (in all the right places) but you cannot take it out.
4) Order the size you are now, not the size you want to be. As I said above, you can always take a dress in. SO if you want to lose weight do it. But nothing is worse than losing weight and the dress not fitting, or being tight. Every bride will look amazing the the correctly fitted dress, but not ever bride looks great if they have to squeeze into it. Also think how uncomfortable that is. All for just having the number on the tag be lower.
5) DO NOT Settle. Find the ONE – a dress you love, it is out there. Do not get pushed or worried and order just an ok dress. You will know. It will make you feel and look beautiful, like no other dress you have tried on before.
I hope this helped. Pic 1 is my actual dress, Pic 2 and Pic 3 are in the sample.
Post # 8
@Courtney323: We’re ‘date twins’! And I’m a plus size girl myself, I understand your pain. David’s Bridal was helpful (at the 2nd one I visited anyways) and had several plus size dresses. You can probably call around to a few local stores and ask them if they carry the plus sizes, and make appointments to go try them on.
Styles that are more flattering for most curvy girls tend to fall into the A-line or ballgown category, although I have seen some girls rock the mermaid/fit’n’flare styles before. I’m still hoping I can find a cute tea-length dress! 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you all! Girls you look super beautiful in your gowns! This is such great advice! I will be starting my search this week.So I will for sure update you on what I find.
Post # 10
@Courtney323: I’m not technically plus size, though I did get relegated to the plus sized section of one of the bridal shops I visited. If you have an hourglass figure I found that by far the most flattering silhouette was a natural waist ballgown. Good luck on finding your dress.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Genetti's in Dickson City, PA
You’re in good company, beautiful! I, too, am a size 24 jeans and found that I was VERY happy when I fit into a size 20 from David’s Bridal.
Here’s my dress:
Best wishes! I hope you find something AMAZING 😀
Post # 12
Thanks! I am starting my quest this weekend! Wish me luck!
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2014 - Morton Arboretum
Good luck, have fun and try on a lot of differnt styles.