Post # 1
I have only two bridesmaids and from shopping yesterday I see we are going to have a problem getting a dress for one of them. My one bridesmaid is very petite, shorter than 5’2", however while she is a 0-2 on the bottom she is a 14-16 on the top due to her large breasts. This makes fitting her extremely difficult. Everything we tried on either cut her off and made her look shorter than she is or just wouldn’t fit right through the chest.
I really want her to feel comfortable in the dress and have something that flatters her figure. She is a real trooper and has offered to get something that fits just for the sake of the wedding but I want her to a great day as well and I know she wouldn’t be able to in an ugly dress.
Has anyone else had the challenge of choosing dresses for a large bosomed bridesmaid? Any dress recommendations?
Post # 3
How sweet you are for being so considerate. Is she willing to wear high heels? Some short girls like to and are used to wearing high heels. This would give her a few inches, and wouldn’t make her seem so short. Have you considered having the two girls wear the same color and each get the style that works best for them? I think that would work well with just two BMs. Have you asked her what she usually wears? What looks best? Can she simply get a larger size and have it altered?
Unfortunately, it sounds like she is really unproportioned. You might have a hard time making her happy. But she sounds like she’s amicable about the whole thing.
Post # 4
From the very beginning I have allowed them to choose whatever dress they wanted as long as it was the same color due to the difference in their body shapes. I knew from the start I would never find a dress that complimented both of their figures. Also I wanted them to wear something that expressed their personality and was a reflection of them.
My bridesmaid usually wears pants just for this reason because dresses are so hard to find for her. Even the short dresses with heels made her look so matronly because they all had to have high neck lines to amply coverage her breasts. She also had the problem that because of her chest the waistline of the dress would be elevated which gave her a shorter look.
We definitely have to get whatever she chooses altered.
Post # 5
Do you have anyone who is a good seamstress? My grandma used to make all my dresses for prom and what not in high school because I had the same issues with "juniors" dresses. Patterns will come with multiple size options in one pattern, so you can custom fit the bottom and the top. You may even look into having a professional seamstress do it.. I don’t think it is TOO much, and I am sure she would feel awesome to actually have a dress that fit her perfectly for once.
Post # 6
I think you should opt for a two-piece dress–that way, you accomodate both her sizes. The two-piece should be the same color/style as everyone else, of course. Maybe you should consider having a sash tied around the midsection of the dress for everyone–that way, the two piece will look like it’s really a one piece. That way, everyone will look their best and feel comfortable without having to change up the dresses too much. Good luck!
Post # 7
bateau tops tend to contain larger "tops" I don’t think it is available anymore, but I really liked Watters 5260 one of my BMs was also top heavy (altho not that much), and she looks great in this fit. What are your colors? Maybe you could find something used & mix & match 2 pieces. (mine are green w/ brown ribbons)
Post # 8
I used to work in a retail store and for almost everyone who came in I swore by a simple wrap dress. This might be too casual looking depending on the feel of your wedding, but I can speak from experience when I say that almost every woman (no matter the shape!) who took the chance to try it on fell in love with it. It didn’t look particulary cute on the hanger, but it looked great on!
Post # 9
I’m in a similar situation… 2 girls (MOHs) with larger "girls" and 2 girls (BMs) that aren’t. I ended up searching for dresses for the MOHs first. We found a few that would be nice by Jasmine and Bill Levkoff. But we just ordered dresses from Macy’s so we will see how they fit. Ultimately, go to bridal salons that have a nice variety of bridal party dresses or stores (like Macy’s or Nordstroms) so they can try it on and see how it feels and looks on them. Plus, depending on how big their girls are… try to keep in mind whether the style of the dress will cover their undergarmets. Most dresses end up having huge arm holes to accomodate for the girls but end up failing to cover and support at the same time. 🙁
Post # 10
First of all, I thnk you need to find an awesome tailor. Then, see if you can just give your girls an idea of the color, style you want them to wear and see what they can find. Possibly even suggest options that are seperates so they can be bought in different sizes. You might have better luck finding something in a department store like Nordstrom or a place like J. Crew so you can try different sizes on and all that, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses can be more limiting. Then, take whatever beautiful thing you found to your lovely tailor and they can turn your off the rack dresses into something that is like a custom made dress. That’s what they always say on What Not to Wear anyway. I wish I had more personal experience in this area to help, but I don’t. Good luck and let us know what you end up doing!