(Closed) Do you think this dress would flatter me?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most of the time, high waisted dresses don’t look good on plus sized ladies. The only time they really do is when they are SUPER poofy.

That one might make you look more like a pear [almost odd shaped], but it’s very hard to say without actually knowing what you look like.

 

Post # 4
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

For instance this dress, even though it’s not on a plus sized girl, it just doesn’t flatter her. It makes her look strange.. almost like she has no midsection at all!

Post # 5
Member
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@brid32bee:  Im thinking it may NOT bc that silhouette may look like a maternity dress especially if you carry your weight in that section. I’m an 8 but carry my weight in the middle and those silhouettes (like the dress you have in that picture) were not flattering on me. Why dont you go try on dresses like that?

Post # 6
Member
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@brid32bee:  the model in your pic even looks larger than she is. I wouldnt recommend this style for you. Aline is best for your described figure IMO 😀 

Post # 7
Member
2952 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

These dresses even make small girls look larger. Maybe do a little more research on plus size to see what others are wearing. Good luck

Post # 8
Member
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with all the PP. I’m a US size 18 street (22 bridal) and I would look über preggo in that dress. I wore a fit and flare and looked amazing. Your best bet is to go out and try stuff on and see what silhouettes flatter you figure most and go from there. Good luck!

Post # 9
Member
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@brid32bee:  For starters, I don’t think the material of that dress will be very forgiving. I think a dress thicker material would be better.  I feel like an A-line dress with ruching would look beautiful on your figure.  It helps to hide our problem areas. Also, if you don’t want to draw attention your arms, avoid anything with straps and sleeves (I learned that quickly). 

I don’t know if you are leaning towards a specific kind of dress but here is one I would recommend. Both pictures are of the same dress but on two different models. 

 

Post # 11
Member
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@brid32bee:  I am a US size 22 approximately, and a similar shape to you (bigger in the middle, comparatively smaller in the bust). 

I tried on a very similar dress to that (empire line, flowy, pleated) and it looked HORRIBLE on me. I seriously looked pregnant in it.

This is not to say you cannot wear an empire-line gown though, but it needs to have enough structure to it rather than just hang there. Like in this DB gown (which is both empire line and a-line):

Also, I disagree about the straps/sleeves issue. Straps may make your arms look slightly bigger, but they make the rest of your body look smaller if done well. For me, with my midriff issues, straps were imperative for me to create a long vertical line and make my waist and body look smaller.

Unless you are over say 5 foot 7, it’s almost impossible to  create the longest most slimming lines without straps because you need the straps to make the overall line of the dress long enough, otherwise you’re just getting cut off at the bust area.

So for me, having smaller looking arms was not as important as having a smaller looking body.    It was worth the trade-off. My dress is being custom made for me, but it will look somewhere between these two styles (v-neck instead of halter).

 

 

See what I mean about the vertical lines?

Post # 12
Member
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am more of a pear shape but I still didn’t think that empire waistlines looked good on me. 

I found that ruching and side draping was very flattering and made my waist look smaller. I think most plus size ladies look nice in an A line with ruching and/or side-draping. 

I’d probably stay away from ball gowns (I have seen some nice looking plus size ball gowns but I think they work best on ladies who have a defined waist from which the poof starts), mermaids, and trumpets.  

@clairebbbear:  I agree with you about straps sometimes being better for plus size ladies. When I was trying on dresses, I and my crew agreed that halter necklines were much more flattering than strapless.  

I think sleeves can sometimes look very beautiful, but there are other times when they just look bad by drawing more attention to your arms instead of just letting people skim past your arms to focus on the dress. Sometimes I think we get so focused on hiding things when really it isn’t so bad to just let people see them. 

Post # 13
Member
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@saffy:  Only 3/4 sleeves can really cover arms, and not many people are going to do that. So it’s not really about covering them but more about making you look taller and slimmer and also providing more support for the bust. If you have a waist, you may be able to get away with not doing that, but if you don’t (like me) you need straps to stretch out the torso a bit.

As you say, it depends on the straps. Spaghetti straps are generally usedless, especially for plus size. Cap sleeves can work but they have to be in exactly the right place or they will look horrid. off the shoulder works well on pear shapes but not so well on people who are big up top. 

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