Post # 46
I had this same issue with my dress – it looked very….bleh….just not fitting right all over, then I had it altered and tuned up a bit and it was great. I think the problem is that it looks too big all over up top, and the waist isnt sitting quiye right, but a decent fitting will fix that. If you think it’s too much for you you could remove the beaded bits/exchange the sash for something with a more muted texture?
It’s a lovely dress and a very classic shape, and there’s nothing actually wrong with it, you just have to see it finished.
Also stop with the arms thing, they are fine, but a little light weightlifting won’t do you any harm and is a massive confidence booster.
Post # 47
Is it just your arms you don’t like about the dress? I think you could add a blingy sash or if you really want to change the look your could remove the illusion peice on the top and add a lace overlay illusion top instead with a blingy sash? It could cover your arms if you feel sensitive about them. Also adding a veil and jewellery always amps it up as well.
Tulip bridal has a lot of lace overlay options: http://www.tulipbridal.com/Bridal-Lace-Bolero-Jacket_c_8-1-4.html
Post # 48
Your arms look amazing and I love the back of your dress, but you did ask for honest opinions.
I don’t love that waist band. It looks thick and it just doesn’t look flattering. You have a fantastic figure under there and a dress should be flaunting it! I’m not saying go all-out-sexy, but can you ask if they can do anything about the waist band? It looks too thick to cover up with a sash and I feel like it’s cutting you in half.
Post # 49
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I like everything about the dress except the waistband. It looks too wide and too plain. I agree with others that if you can get rid of it altogether, something thinner and with a bit of bling would look much better.
YOU look amazing, by the way. You have nothing to worry about!
Post # 50
I agree that the only things you need to do is move the waist up a bit and once it is altered to fit it will look great!
I think it is a really lovely dress on a lovely woman. It’s not perfect yet, but it can be fairly easy alterations. The v back really flatters your back and neck, and your arms look great. If you feel insecure just keep toning your arms, not because you have to too look good, but so that you won’t worry and fuss. I know I will be doing that closer to my wedding!
Post # 51
I think it will look much better once it gets taken in at the waist, which you mentioned already. Other than that it’s fine.
Post # 52
THANK YOU ALL! Overwhelmed with the number of helpful and postive comments. 100% going to talk to the seamstress about what we can do with the band, but in short will certainly be moving it up and the bodice needs to come in a little bit as well. I’m not vistiting my hometown (where the dress is) until5th July but I’ll post an update then.
Toning starts tonight with Jillian Michaels DVD and I’m back on Weight Watchers just to lose a few extra pounds before the big day.
Post # 53
My only criticism is that I think the veil is overwhelming and hides the intricate details at the back of your dress. I’d prob. pick a delicate, smaller or thinner veil if you have to go with one. Your arms look fine!!!
Post # 54
You look great!!! And I really think the alterations will make a HUGE difference! Also, that illusion neckline totally has the wow factor — it’s GORGEOUS!
Post # 55
- Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm
I agree with many others. I think your arms look great but I know that’s what I’ll be most worried about on the day of my wedding, too. Jillian Michaels usually does a good job of kicking my butt so I’m sure you’ll like the results of that. I think once the belt area is altered and the dress is taken in, you’re going to love it. I would also suggest a different, plainer veil. Overall – I think you’re on the right track! I wanted to comment to follow because I’m excited to see how it turns out 🙂
Post # 56
I think it’s gorgeous and you look awesome… a little different than all of the mermaid/fit and flare/lace dresses that everyone is wearing now.
Post # 57
I love that dress. It is so elegant. You will look back on your pictures 30 years from now, and think, wow, this dress has stood the test of time. I love its simplicity. It is one I definitely would have picked had I wanted a long dress!
Post # 58
cocopops: I think your arms look awesome- not big at all! It does look like the see-through overlay on top in both the front & back ends a little too early on the sides though maybe it’s just me… Like the front sides are hitting near the top of the sweetheart neckline rather than the sides/underarm area. I second the PP that asked about taking out the straps to make them more off-shoulder- I had a similar sweetheart with boatneck illusion top and loved the way it slimmed everything down when extended out to just at the edge of my shoulders. Once you get the waist taken in I’d add in a blingy belt as well- that wide satin belt is okay, but could be much more flattering if it was a bit thinner with some bling!
Post # 59
I think this dresa is beautiful! And you look awesome in it. What about maybe adding a little blingy belt? Also jewelry will help.
Post # 60
That dress is amazing. You looks fantastic. Please do not make it strapless!!!