Post # 1
As anyone with an above average bust knows, wedding dress shopping can become a form of torture! I’m 5’6 street size 10 in pants and XL in tops because of my 34-36Gs. Not only could I not try on most of the dresses in any of the stores I visited, they wanted to order me a size 22 or 24 and then alter it down to fit my size 8 and size 10 waist and hips. Shopping was pretty much a nightmare and with my mother’s constant mantra of “oh you look so fat” I was nearly in tears. In the end, I found a dressmaker to make my dress custom since I was afraid any dress would lose it’s integrity when altered down that many sizes.
Are there any other brides out there with a big bust that made their dresses look good and want to share pictures? What did you do for your dress, buy big and have it altered? Find a magical shop that sells bust friendly dresses or a magic big bust friendly style? Also, what did you wear under your dress? My dressmaker says since the dress is custom I won’t have to wear a bra but I have to say I’m nervous about letting the girls go commando!
Post # 3
have you ever thought of ordering something online?
check out http://www.lightinthebox.com they can order any dress in any size. you can even send them your measurements and they will make it with that. I would look through all the wedding gowns 🙂 Even the bridesmaids dresses, they can make them in white!
We ordered bridesmaids dresses from them and they turned out lovely.
Post # 4
I actually found a magical dress :). I’m a 38G, and I completely understand that dress shopping can suck, especially when you’re not with positive people. For me, I went to about five different stores before I found one.
Post # 5
One of my bridesmaids is very busty. I don’t know her bra size exactly, but we knew she’d have problems finding a dress to fit her without major alterations. Like you, she has a very slim waist but an enormous bust, so looking at dresses was a nightmare. We ended up having my aunt custom make all the bridesmaid dresses. She measured each girl carefully and will make the dresses fit them perfectly. She’s done weddings many times before, and has dealt with a lot of odd shapes (her daughter, for example, has a mild curving of the spine which causes one of her shoulders to be lower down than the other–but my aunt made her a wedding gown that fit her exactly!). If I was you, I would look into what totheislnds said above. You will feel so much better about yourself if you can try on a dress that’s tailor-fit to you–and you’ll get a way better idea of what the dress looks like on you!
Post # 6
Yeah, I put down a deposit to have my dress custom made. It would have been more expensive to buy one and have it altered! I think bridesmaid dresses are worse though, the one I ordered for my friend’s wedding this past July came in 4 inches too small in the bust and I had to wear a super tight corset and lace the dress corset back at it’s loosest on top. I couldn’t even get the panels in the back to snap into place!
Post # 7
Had the dress custom made. I am a size 10 with 36E. They ordered a size 12 dress, but had to do some magic in the boning for the bust. Here is a pic of my first fitting. My chest acutally looks small. Yay for custom made! And I am not wearing a bra.
Post # 8
i am a 34/36 Dirty Delete and ended up having to order an 18, then alter down to size 10/12. i did this for 2 dresses. they ended up doing a LOT of alteration but i managed to finagle a flat rate for my alterations so they had to do everything i asked to it. the main issue was that my waist is rather small so they had take in that part a lot and therefore the skirt part ended up looking bunchy in the back. when i saw it like that at my 2nd fitting, then ended up having to remove the outer layer with al the beading/decor and cut out a section of all the underlayers. but these guys are professionals and the amazing seamstress made all these corrections within 24 hours. i was STUNNED. anyway, if you have a great alterations team, they can basically do anything. i also found a perfectly fitted corset – they put a snap in the top of the dress so that i could attach the corset to the dress as well for extra security.
this is the back where its kinda bunchy right at the waist (this was fixed after this fitting)
this is my 2nd dress, also ordered as an 18
Post # 9
I think it greatly depends on how proportionate your bust is with the rest of your body. I am 5’10”, a size 10 and wear a bra size 34Dirty Delete and was able to order a size 12 gown with no alterations (other than hem and bustle) required (my meausrements matched the manufacturer’s size chart exactly – I was surprised that this was the case given that my bust usually forces me to size up in dresses and then have them made smaller everywhere else). It had straps which I’m guessing may have helped?
I wore a strapless long line bra and I think that helped a lot too. Good luck!
Post # 10
I am a 36 DDD, I usually wear size 10-12 pants and L-XL top depending on the manufacturer. I bought my dress at Davids Bridal, it was a size 14 and needed no alterations except for the bustle. It was the perfect length for my 3 inch heels and since it was a lace up back it fit beautifully.
Post # 11
It really depends on the manufacturer. I was able to wear a bill levkoff bridesmaid dress, size 12, completely off the rack with no alterations. The bust was HUGE on that thing!
For my wedding gown, i bought a size 10 Maggie Sottero dress and it laced up in the back–which was perfect because I’m heavy up top and only a size 8/10 on the waist. I really hated to get a dress and chop it to bits. I liked that from the front, you couldn’t tell that i had a big chest. I wanted to minimize it. And I didn’t wear a bra–i was laced in there nice and snug!
Post # 12
I have a huge annoying boobs…and i catually hate my wedding dress now as when i look at the pics all i can see are those honkers!!! arghhhh…
I have no bra on as its a maggie and the support was phenomenal but i still think it looked inappropriate.
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Edit: I should also add that I am a size 12 pants and usually have to wear large to xlarge tops. My boobs are 36 Dirty Delete
Post # 13
I’m a 36E and wear a size 12 in pants (due to my butt/thighs – I always have to tailor in the waists) and was able to buy a dress at David’s Bridal with minimal alterations – just a hem and bustle. I’d tried on plenty of other dresses that just idn’t cover my boobs enough but also found plenty that did. I honestly didn’t find it as hard to dress them as I expected it to be!
Post # 14
Wow you all look fabulous! I have my second fitting (after my initial line fitting) in the middle of January and I’ll definitely double check to make sure I’m not coming out of the dress. I don’t want to flash anyone more than I already do!
Post # 15
@Baileyh: hush! You look amazing! Honkers and all!
Post # 16
@andy113: i LOVE your first dress!
@Baileyh: I think you look beautiful in the photos!