Post # 1
I have an hour glass figure, large breasts, very small waist and in my opinion large muscley arms. I am very actve and concious of my arms and have done everything at the gym to tone them and make them smaller, i also employ arm positiioning tricks whenever getting photographed to make them look more flattering! I was wondering whether straps on a Mermaid wedding dress would be the most flattering style for my figure and make my arms appear smaller??? If not what is the most flattering style dress for someone with my physique??
Post # 3
I think it really depends on a figure. I feel comfortable in straps, but I actually think they are less flattering on me. I think they may be more flattering for people with broad shoulders.
Post # 4
It really depends! Sometimes straps run the risk of making large arms look bigger. I think it depends on the size of the straps.
Post # 5
I swore up and down that I wanted straps, but I think they made my shoulders look very broad (and cap sleeves made me look like a linebacker). I ended up in a strapless gown.
Post # 6
It really depends. If you have broad shoulders, I recommend off the shoulder gowns with really thick straps so that the focus is on your figure. Maybe like the top of this dress
Post # 7
@Miss_lozzi: What style of tops do you normally find flattering?
I know strapless and even spagetti straps do not look great on my so I’m thinking of asking the seamstress to use the wrap that came with my dress to do something like this
You can also get some very elegant and flattering lace boleros. If you are getting married in January in the UK you will prob want something or a faux fur wrap
Post # 8
I have broader shoulders and straps only accentuated it. As another poster said, cap sleeves made me look like a linebacker, lol.
Post # 9
I don’t think I have broad shoulders, I gues the main reason I’m contemplating straps is because whenever I wear something strapless I get really uncomfortable after long periods of time and because of the weight of my chest I tend to slouch after a while which makes me look bigger, whether if I was wearing straps I could wear a supportive bra which would be more comfortable.
I’m also getting married in Australia so it’ll be the middle of summer so it would be too hot to wear a bolero of faux wrap!
Post # 10
@Miss_lozzi: well, it’s really hard to imagine what you look like without a picture. Look at old pictures of yourself and see which dresses you look best in. Those are usually the silhouettes you should be wearing for your wedding dress.
Post # 11
If the reason you want straps is to cover or hide your arms, you’re probably missing the point. Sleeves are really the only way to do that, and they are obviously out of the question in our Aussie summers!
So the issue becomes how to draw attention away from the arms, not towards them. If you don’t have broad shoulders, off-the-shoulder or cap sleeves as posted above may be good options, but some people think they actually draw attention to the arms, and I don’t think they’re enough on their own – the neckline and the rest of the dress is important too.
Given that you said you have an hourglass figure and nice boobs, I’d be showing them off. A mermaid dress should work well, and a natural waist ballgown might as well (depending on height and whether you’re short waisted or not). Whatever you choose it should emphasise your small waist and fabulous curves – ruching and draping or other waist features should help with that.
Neckline wise I think you should go for as plunging as you can get away with wihout offending people: a deep sweetheart, deep v-neck or maybe even a halter for that Hollywood bombshell feel.
Get people looking at your body and boobs and they won’t even notice your arms – seriously!
Post # 12
I have naturally broad shoulders and a good amount of muscle on my arms from weightlifting. I picked a dress with wide straps and a deep Vneck. For me, the neckline draws the attention to the front of the dress. The visual focus is on my very nice chest and hourglass figure. I feel in strapless dresses the focus is on the bare shoulders and that brings the eye to the arms as well.
Also. Cap sleeves are the worst idea in the world. ‘I’d like a sleeve that serves no function except to get me recruited into the NFL as a linebacker.’
Post # 13
@clairebbbear: Thank you so much for your advice and suggestions I really appreciate it and I love the dresses you suggested! They are exactly what I had in mind. I still have plenty of time before the big day and i think the main thing is with getting married back home Ill hopefully have a nice summer glow which will make me feel much better about myself!