(Closed) Ball gowns for us voluptuous ladies??

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
11512 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was a full-figured bride, and I had always dreamed of wearing a full-blown ball gown.  However, after I tried on numerous gowns in that silhouette, I realized that I just could not wear that type of a dress.  However, an A-line shaped ball gown turned out to be an excellent silhouette for me.

Post # 4
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am wearing a ballgown, strapless too–everything I swore I didn’t want!  My first dress that I ordered in January was late, later, then when it came–they ordered the wrong style!  But by then I was in love with the ballgown so I rushed out and within hours luckily found a new, different ballgown in stock and it’s now almost complete, they are just finishing the bustle.  Here are a couple of pics during the first alteration session.  I was surprised how comfortable it was and with this dress I don’t even need Spanx, everything gets held in by the boning in the bodice. I think ball gowns look great on many plus sized ladies.  Also I am really busty, even after dieting I’m still stuck at 38DD and this dress minimizes my bust.

I carry my weight in my tummy and torso really bad, so I can’t have a dress that clings at my belly or I’m terribly self conscious and I know it looks bad.  The “wrong” dress they ordered at the first bridal salon was a mermaid fit and they made me try it on, on the off chance it looked good and it was awful!  They tried to say it wasn’t but I had one of my girls there backing me up and telling the truth so they couldn’t push the sale! My face is blocked out until after the wedding I don’t want Fiance to see me in my dress.

ETA: this is actually not even as poofy as it really is, my slip isn’t all poofed out under it, like I said this is the first alteration.  Also the bustle isn’t done.

The main thing I was impressed with is how great they did the bodice/bra–I have a long line bra under it and they put these little tab stays in the sweetheart neckline that tuck into the top of the strapless bra and it keeps the dress attached to the bra perfectly!

Post # 5
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Ball gowns are gorgeous on any body type.

I am a 12/14 and I wore a dropped waist ball gown. It allowed me to have that full skirt gorgeous look and the dropped waist accentuated my curves and was quite flattering.


Post # 6
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would encourage you to try on a ballgown.  I wanted a ballgown until I tried a few one and decided they were bigger and heavier then I wanted.  I have seen ball gowns on full figured brides that looked beautiful.  It just depends on your vision.  Try some one and decide how you feel in them. 

Post # 7
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

here’s mine before alteratin it is lovely!! not full ball gown and very light material, stay away from Satin…silk tafitta i found is the lightest

Post # 8
2899 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I were you, I would try on some other dresses with a similar shape before ordering your dress. I’m an apple-shaped size 26 and was in looove with the type of dress you posted – until I tried them on. They made me look really short and thick-waisted. The dress I finally fell in love with is a dropped waist A-line with a full skirt – so it has the drama of a ballgown skirt without the waist-obliterating lines of a traditional ballgown.

Here’s mine!

Post # 10
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@lyssadelag:  No Allure retailers near you at all?

Post # 11
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have no pics, but just wanted to say everyone looks great! I’m plus size, and when I first started the dress hunt I was convinced I wanted a chiffon or organza ball gown. The pictures I’d seen just looked so dreamy, it’s the look I wanted, until I tried them on and realized ball gown was not for me. I ended up with an A line and it flatters me so nicely. Don’t go into the dress hunt dead set on a shape, you’ll be surprised as to what looks good on you.

Post # 12
45 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m a US size 20 and am wearing the Magiie Sottero Isadora Marie…had to order it without trying it on, but tried eon similar styles to check they suited. I love it!

Post # 13
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Size 16 bride here and I never thought I would like a drop waisted dress. Also having beading on the empire waist emphasizes your smallest area! Ballgowns are great if you have a bit of a tummy (like me and I have very big thighs…that is where I carry my weight). Also I have seen some ballgowns brides wear a nice bridal type of cardigan (cant think of the name for it?) if they feel self conscious of their arms!  That dress you are looking at is beautiful…maybe see if you can try on another Allure dress that has the same fit and sizing so you can get a better idea.  

Post # 14
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you have a waist that dips in, and is much smaller than your bust and hips, then ballgowns can hide all kinds of sins in a lovely way. But if you carry a lot of the weight in the middle (specifically between the underbust and hips) and have smaller hips and legs, the ballgown will NOT work with you – it’ll just work against you. 

Go to a local bridal shop and try on dresses in your size in a variety of styles to see what most compliments your figure!

Post # 15
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Was dress was more of an A-line ballgown and I adored it. I looked really gross and frumpy is some other silhouettes. I didn’t try an “actual” ballgown on. But like many bees have said, go try on one similar to get an idea of if you’ll like it on yourself or not. It’s always best to be as informed as possible. πŸ™‚

Good luck and happy shopping! Even if that isn’t your dress, there is one out there for you.

Oh, and I’m a street size 22/24 and so was my dress.

Post # 16
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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@AmeliaBedelia:  I was JUST about to put out an APB on you.  Where have you been!?  You looked beautiful in that dress.  πŸ™‚

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