(Closed) Best dresses for busty ladies? Show me yours!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

You’re almost definitely going to have to buy a bigger dress that fits your bust and get it altered down at the waist. It’ll be worth it to have a wedding dress that fits you like a glove!

I have similar porportions to you (somewhere around a 30G) and was able to wear the dress of my dreams (Allure 2716) with the help of a custom fitted bra and an awesome seamstress who added some lace to cover the bra in the back and some of the cleavage in the front.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

dramaturgy:  I have similar proportions to you… 30-32 inch bust and 28 inch waist. I went with a Judd Waddell gown and had to order up quite a few sizes to fit my bust. In addition to that they had to “open the cup” to allow adequate coverage. Certainly ask if that is an option when you find a dress!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Following because I have the same issue! 

jelly3:  what type of custom bra did you wear? I’m wanting a dress with a back similar to yours and have been wondering if I could even wear a bra with something like that! Your dress is beautiful by the way!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

See if they’ll open the cup -some designers will do that for you. That’s way better than ordering a huge size and then pulling it in. I’m a 30G. I wound up getting a made to measure by Suzanne Neville, a UK designer who I met at a trunk show and worked with me extensively. She’s known for being very large boob – friendly and I could tell as soon as I put them on that her dresses have a totally different level of support. Supposedly women in the UK are bustier…

My dress will have an open neckline (anything high makes them look so low and heavy IMO) and straps but mostly for show because my dress will be so extra supportive (she said i needed double boned!). 

It was a bit of a compromise but I really think that a lot of salespeople, and even designers, say a corset or corset and strapless bra will hold you in fine and they really have no idea what they’re talking about. Mine will have double boning and a hidden lace up back – way more than your average corset. It was a painful process (I referred to myself as a special needs bride) and so frustrating how many dresses I loved that I could not make work for me. But I got there in the end. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

jelly3:  I’m in awe with your dress. I’ve ruled out all illusion backs due to the boob haulage issue. 

dramaturgy:  I was surprised that a bateau neck was flattering – in a good structured dress. It seemed to give a good bust/waist proportion. 

In the end im having a dress made cheaply but that’s just due to budget. I’m having my dressmaker in the uk retro fit an inbuilt corset in the actual dress lining (the dress has buttons down the back). I think as long as big boobs are well supported and not bulging/jiggling then you can get a great shape. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

samira86:  we posted at the same time! I think the inbuilt corset dresses I tried and I’m replicated is what you’ve gone for too. Would love to see your dress. 

Post # 8
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1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

futuremrss17:  Thank you! Look for a bra shop that does bra alterations. I didn’t even know this was a thing but they found a bra that fit my cups and then made the band smaller to fit around me! Best part was since I bought the bra from them, the alteration fee was only $3 and they did it in 10 minutes at the store while I waited. I believe the bra I purchased was the Wacoal Red Carpet Longline Bra but it looks like it has been discontinued.

UK-bee:  Thank you! I hope now you are able to reconsider illusion backs!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

UK-bee:  yup that looks like it! I heard that my designer can make everything look proportional. When I was in her dresses I did not feel big at all! I think having them well fitted and supported is everything. 

My dress kind of doesn’t exist yet. It’s a version of Suzanne Nevilles deco dress but that dress has a high, uncorseted neckline. So she’s doing that dress with a sweetheart corset and thin (about half inch) straps. The straps are mostly for my peace of mind and to help disguise the permanent bra strap indentations in my shoulders. (!) I will definitely post a pic when I have it!

Honestly it was not my first choice. My first choice didn’t look quite right  because of my chest and I didn’t have faith in the dressmaker to fix it, despite their promises to. So I went with the Neville dress for peace of mind. She was so confidence inspiring and I’m happy with my choice. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Commenting to follow! I have similar proportions too, and no idea how to support my chest in any sort of wedding gown!

Post # 11
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564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

jelly3:  gorgeous! I did not trust strapless bras. Glad it worked for you!

Post # 12
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1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

samira86:  Thanks! I never wear strapless bras either but since my dress had straps and was form fitting everything stayed properly in its place. Plus, my boobs are way to big and unruly to go braless on such an important day!

Post # 13
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882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wore a strapless a-line, but my dress was done to the nines. My seamstress did an amazing job with the built in corset. All I had to wear were panties. May be Too Much Information, but I was keen on being very comfortable on our special day! 

 

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Post # 14
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1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m very similar sized to you: 5’4″, 29″ waist, size 6-8, 30H bra size.  I bought a dress with straps.  That was really important to me.  I got a Justin Alexander (size 12).  It needs to be taken in a little at the waist but not drastically.  I’ll also ask to have it taken in above the waist, in the underbust area.  That’s where all the support will end up coming from.  

I know that the cup isn’t designed ideally for a large chest – I sew, and “opening the cup” really is what they would ideally do.  It’s a pattern change that can’t be done when the dress is already made, but most designers probably only know how to do it up to like a Dirty Delete.  A bigger size altered down can work, but the cup projection just isn’t the same.  Luckily, you can’t really tell in my dress that the cup shapes are not ideal for me (well, I can tell from the side, but I doubt others can).  I’m not even wearing a bra, it felt supportive even without cups in the sample.  My dress does have quite a bit of boning, structure, and a waist stay, so that’s critical.  

I would recommend avoiding strapless dresses.  They just require such a precise fit in the bust that would be really hard to replicate unless it’s a custom dress by a designer who understands small band/large cup sizes.  Luckily, there are tons of dresses with straps these days!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by  Lavender28.
Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

dramaturgy:  I can’t offer much advice re: style as my boobs are pretty standard, but the bridal salon I went to made every dress according to the bride’s measurments (ie- no ordering a size and then altering it). I’m not sure where you are, but there might be a local designer like that near you. If you’re in Toronto, let me know and I’ll send you the salon’s name (it was an amazing experience, even though I didn’t buy anything there. Champagne and no pressure!)

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