(Closed) Dress – aging hourglass figure issues!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’d say either an a-line or ballgown dress, or a good pair of spanx 🙂 I have been a bit unconfident regarding my belly too, but I have lost some weight and with a good pair of spanx I will feel good in my trumpet dress 🙂

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yaynowwhat:  Wedding gowns have so much structure and figure flattering elements that you’ll be surprised how much this tummy you’re concerned about will be a non issue.

When I am at my slimmest I have a nice slender middle & a defined waist, when I carry even 5 extra pounds that definition starts to disappear because all 5 pounds have spread out over my long torso (does not go to my hips, butt, chest, etc).  I had a good 8-10 extra on me when I got married and some of the dresses I tried on still gave me a very small defined waist.  My advice is to try on all different silhouettes, see what works & what doesn’t (it might not be what you’d expect) and zero in from there.  

I got married at 35 by the way and definitely relate to your concerns.  The right dress will give you a bangin hourglass shape and you won’t think a thing of this old age idea when you’re in it.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yaynowwhat:  I am probably what you consider ageing hourglass (plus 50, no kids, lots of stress). Ther good news is that you can lose stomach fat pretty quickly, it is the first thing that goes when you lose weight. As far as a dress goes, I wore a slightly drop waist structured dress with strapless sweatheart neckling. If you have a stomach, all that structure will completely disguise it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

tolkenbee:  Spanx doesn’t always work with hour glass bodies. It pushes the weight where you don’t want it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m an aging hourglass too – 38 when I got married. My dress was tea length but it was the structure that was great. Here’s a picture of me in it  I’m a street size 14 or so

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

nycsa:  I hate spanx!  It makes me look straight up & down with no shape at all.  

Post # 8
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1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

nycsa:  Well I’ve never had a problem 🙂 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Yaynowwhat:  

You can never go wrong with an a-line shilouette, that’s why they have been popular through the decades not only are they classic but extremely flattering on most body types. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

As an hourglass, you want something that shows off your waist, not swallows it up.

Generally, for most hourglasses, especially the ones with dramatic curves or short waists, that would mean a dress that is fitted at the waist and that flares out at the hips or thighs, that is draped or ruched around the waist/hips, or a-line dresses, provided they are fitted at the waist. If you are long-waisted, have a long torso or your curves are more graceful than “1950s movie bombshell”, then natural waist dresses may be better choices.

If you’re also worried about a tummy, then you should look at dresses that are either ruched/draped diagonally across the tummy or that flare out over the tummy, hiding it. 

I think the key for you is finding a dress that flares out at or just before the widest part of your tummy. That way, it just looks like it’s the dress, not any bad bits. That sort of cut dress should still allow you to show off your waist.

I’d be thinking something like this:

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I can relate, having been married at 38, after one child, and though I’m not a true hourglass I have always had wide hips and a massive belly (I look 4 months pregnant at the best of times and am always getting asked “when’s it due” )… 

I got really confused while dress shopping, did little research and didn’t have long to find something, so the dress I ended up with (“modified A-line”/fit and flare) probably wasn’t the best silhouette for my body (with hindsight I’d have got a true A-line with natural waist). I tried on one ruched ball-gown type dress and it did look amazing but wasn’t my style. 

However, the internal boning and corset of my dress did wonders for my waist and I got them to take the seams out a bit around the hip area to make it more A.line.

Admittedly I did wear Spanx too, and the tummy doesn’t look too noticeable in pictures. Having several layers of fabric rather than a flimsy style also helped. 

Enjoy the process of finding your dress. Don’t wear a suit, this is your chance to have fun and shine. And remember, people won’t be focusing on your tummy as much as you will, they will be admiring your overall look and glowing happiness as “The Bride”! 

 

 

 

 

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