Post # 1
Yay, dress shopping tomorrow. Shh – don’t tell anyone I know how excited I am. It would totally mess with their image of me as only caring about watching football and lifting weights! 😛
Partly because I am excited and want to look at dress pictures, but also because I have one of those body types that does not fit into the nice, easy categories for getting suggestions, I’d love to see pictures of buff/muscular/broad shouldered brides in their dresses. If you don’t have a picture handy, what necklines looked good and why? I’ve got pretty massive shoulders and arms and am not really looking to hide or disguise them (they’re actually something I’m pretty proud of), but I don’t want to look like a linebacker stuffed into lace!
Post # 3
I don’t know but you may find a sweetheart neckline may look better as a usual strapless may accentuate your shoulders. On my frist shopping trip all the strapless gowns didn’t suit me but I later found out I think this was because i’m quite broad shouldered, whereas the sweetheart breaks it up a bit. Just enjoy and try on every style you can 😉
Post # 4
@CatyLady: Thanks for the suggestion! It hadn’t occured to me that a sweetheart would look significantly different than a flat strapless – but that’s a great idea.
I want to be able to keep it fairly low cut, since I have a long torso so I feel like lower necklines break that up better.
Post # 5
When I thought strapless didn’t suit me I found an A-line dress with straps that looked nice and it had a v-neck which was flattering on one hand but not on the other – it made my boobs look smaller than normal! Plus the straps were slightly off the shoulder so from the back it emphasised ‘any’ bingo wings so I went off it. It’s so hard as there’s so many different things involved that effect how you look in a dress. I was pleased though as I got my dream strapless dress, which has a sweetheart neck.
Post # 6
This site is kind of funny, BUT it actually seems to address most necklines (sorry not anything strapless) but it might be worth a look:
Oh this looks pretty helpful too:
No matter what though, its going to be trial and error and see what makes you get that ‘IT’ feeling.
If I may throw my own personally opinion in, As you have a BUFF girl build, you may want a fully more couture geared dress. It would seem your body could pull it off, instead of being swallowed whole by fabric. Might work well, try a few on!
Post # 7
I have broad shoulders and I didn’t find a problem with strapless. However I did find that because my body is more athletic and basically doesn’t have much in the curve department, a ball gown at the natural waist (belly button) suited me much more. Here are some pics (one of which is my dress!!). Sorry they are so big.
This dress was my #1 favorite….until I tried on the dress below it…MY dress!!
Post # 8
I’m definitely not at my buffest at the moment, but I certainly have a similar build (my measurements for my shoulders versus my waist make me shudder). I’m incredibly broad in the shoulders and have a very long torso.
I would definitely recommend a sweetheart neckline and perhaps even a drop-waist or A-line dress to accentuate your long torso.
Here’s my dress
Post # 9
Strapless worked for me, although I ended up liking some with straps, too.
The one major thing about having a strong back and wearing a strapless is that you NEED the back to dip down. If it goes straight across it makes my shoulders look weirdly manly–not strong in an elegant way. When the back dips down it looks lovely.
I don’t know what you like already, and I’m sure you’re buffer than I am, but I always feel like I have bigger than normal arms because of lifting.
Can you post a photo of your silhouette so we have an idea?
Sorry my photo program isn’t working this morning and my pictures aren’t loading to show you examples. 🙁 [attachment=1393542,177016]
Post # 10
@HardyPooleParty: Those are very helpful. Especially since I’m somewhat fashion-averse and there were a couple I didn’t even know the names of. Thanks. 🙂
@irin997: Thank you! Your dress is gorgeous. I’m pretty sure big ballgowns are not for me, and too formal for our wedding, but they are really flattering. All of those totally make it look like you have great curves. 🙂 I absolutely adore the third dress down with the blue sash – what dress is that?
Post # 11
@sleepyrebel: Ooo yay, I am liking this sweetheart neckline thing. That one looks great on you.
@ellabee: Thanks for the advice. Though now I am feeling a lot of pressure to be suitibly buff. 😉 I’m having trouble getting pictures uploaded… may have to ask for help and come back with one.
Post # 12
@Entangled: No pic, can you resend?
Post # 13
@HardyPooleParty: I’m going to try updating my browser… I am thinking that might be why I can’t upload.
Post # 14
You may want to try a halter style. It pulls in how wide the shoulders look, but would still allow you to show off your arms.
Post # 15
These areall lovely dresses!!