(Closed) Dress – aging hourglass figure issues!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Don’t be so hard on yourself!  Rock that hourglass figure.  Wedding gowns can be very figure flattering.   How about an Aline or a mermaid? 

 

Yesterday I went to the salon to order my dress and there was a girl….way more than 30 pounds overweight. ..trying on a strapless mermaid with ruching.   Omg…she looked amazing! 

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Have you visited any boutique yet? I know you can get a good advice from ladies working in the shops. They should be able to find something for your figure.

I might be lucking imagination but from what you wrote about yourself something like that style might suit you: http://laprimabridalwear.com/gallery.htm

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Yaynowwhat:  LOL I think you’re a riot! But far too harsh on yourself.

OK, I will admit that the second one wasn’t the best example. This one is probably better:

The reason I chose this dress – and I’m not saying you should choose this dress; it’s just for illustration purposes – is that it shows off the waist while covering the belly. That’s what you’re aiming for. 

Compare it to this kind of dress which covers the belly but practically hides the waist – you can’t really tell whether the model has a small waist or not, because the dress flares out at that point. They are both a-lines, but can you see the difference?

Of course you can choose to hide the waist as well if you want – it’s totally your choice – but that would be mistaking yourself for an apple figure instead of an hourglass. I am an apple, and I didn’t have much choice but wear an a-line because I had no waist to show off. You are lucky, because having a waist gives you a lot more options. You’ll probably surprise yourself.

Also, it depends on where your belly sits. Sometimes it’s a bit higher up and sometimes it’s lower down. If you’re an hourglass, I’m betting that it’s lower down (if it were higher up, you wouldn’t have as much of a waist). That means that you have a bit of room to play with and can have a dress that is fitted around the hips, so long as it flares out at the widest part of your belly, or just above it. 

You’ll probably need to try on a few dresses to get the dress that hits you in the right place.

As the others have said, please don’t give up. It’s likely wedding dresses will be more flattering on you than any other dress you have tried on. Structure is your friend. 

For your info, here is a thread on the Bee featuring true apple girls – those with bellies but who don’t have the waists that hourglass girls have. As you can see, a lot of them are rocking a-lines that are a bit fitted around the hips, so there’s no reason why you can’t.

Dresses for ladies with larger bellies? (True apples!)

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

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Yaynowwhat:  I feel your pain. I’m 51 and the belly thing is my nemesis, whether I’m in tip top shape or not. Im at the “not” end right now- four weeks before my wedding.  Here’s the dress I’m wearing. I had the seamstress add 3/4 sleeves and lower the neckline and hemline by an inch. I did my final fitting yesterday and I was rocking it. Admittedly I had on Rago shape wear which makes Spanx seem wimpy. But the dress has a lot of stretch built in.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

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clairebbbear:  I’ve heard this too.  But honestly, I tend to think the style of dresses you posted aren’t as flattering on “aging hourglass.” I do think the 50’s bombshell look is pretty flattering on everyone!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

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peonypanic:  um, you look AMAZING. That is all. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

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Glasgowbound:  

Just wanted to say that you looked absolutely lovely in your dress!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

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Yaynowwhat:  oh you’re just pear-shaped! You would look perfect in an A-Line. I’m a little younger at 32, but I’ve struggled  with my belly my whole life. I ended up with an A-Line dress and I love it.

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