(Closed) Full- Figured brides help!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

You could add sleeves during the alterations process. Or use a silk/satin/whatever wrap around your shoulders. Honestly, those straps will only make your upper body look bigger. I mean, the model in the photo isn’t all that big, but those thick straps make her look stocky/blocky.

Post # 4
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lovekiss:  +1  i tried on dresses like that and it made my upper body look bigger ; ( strapless has worked for me.

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@h_annas:   i bet your arms look fine ; ) wear the dress you love do you have any pics of you in dresses that would help us help you. me personally i don’t care for wraps or the bolero i think it only makes a plus sized women like me look bigger /bulky

Post # 5
3518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My experience has been that little sleeves or even thick straps draw MORE attention to the upper arm while adding bulk, and you might want to try on something with thin straps, one shoulder, or strapless. (If everything else about your chosen gown is perfect, your salon may be able to make that modification for you.)

You could get a shawl, though, that you can put on and take off as you feel comfortable. That would probably be your best bet. 

Also, in this photo, the sleeve-holes are too big for this model, which draws attention to her armpts (not super flattering) and the angle of the V-neck makes her shoulders look wider. These are good lessons to take from this photo (stuff to look for) for when you’re actually trying on dresses. 😀

Post # 6
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree that strappes at to the bulk up top. Do you have a pic.

Post # 8
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For me I wanted sleeves so I felt comfortable in my dress.  I absolutely hate my upper arms and KNOW they do not look good sleeveless.

When I ordered my dress (a strapless) we also ordered extra material in the same fabric of the dress to make 3/4 length sleeves.

I thought about a bolero also but if its hot out I didnt want people encouraging me to take it off.

I’ve only had a first fitting where they pinned the fabric but when I have my second fitting on April 1st I can post pics.


Post # 9
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@h_annas:  Here is my sleeved dress after the first fitting.  Keep in mind its not the final version and I’m all pinned up but you get the gist. 🙂















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