Post # 1
I am broad shouldered with muscular arms. Wider torso, and 5’4. So the length from hip to below bust is short, and not long. Please tell me which dress style you recommended for this type of figure? Basically the athletic build.
Post # 3
It’s really hard for me to say what style dress would look best. Every person’s body is so different ad so is their personal “style”
I would just give you this advice:No matter if you think you HATE it on the rack, or if someone with you pulls a dress you don’t like, TRY IT ON ANYWAY! They look so different when you actually put it on. All the things I thought I didn’t want are a part of the dress I bought.
Keep an open mind, and have fun!
Post # 4
I totally agree with Mrs.tobe. My Mom, grandmother, and I all looked at this one dress on the hanger and said “meh” but when I tried it on it was amazing how the dress seemed to compliment my body shape. On the hanger it looks kinda weird, but on me I <3 it!!
Post # 5
Totally agree! Ask your consultant to pull different dress silhouettes so you can determine which one flatters your shape best. Once you figure that out, then begin the process of choosing fabrics, neckline and skirt details that you prefer. Good luck and have fun 🙂
Post # 6
I just want to add to what the others have already said. Take photos of every dress, even if you have to be sneaky sneaky about it. I think the mirrors in bridal shops are sprinkled with magic dust that makes dresses look fab on us, photographs will tell you the truth. I am bought a dress I would have hated, it looked amazing in the store, but in the photos I looked like a giant square. So glad I took pics and didn’t make a rash decision.
Post # 7
Great suggestion! And I’ll also add that you should not feel pressure to buy. I visited a store three times before I gave them a deposit (and ended up a 2-dress bride anyway!). Saturday is a busy day for dress-shopping, don’t be shy to say you need to think about it, and if you want to return, weekdays are slower and you usually get more time and attention. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, be sure to update us on how it went 🙂
Post # 8
My best advice- Try EVERYTHING on. Even if you think it looks ugly on the hanger. DON’T go with anything in mind because you will never find it. When I went gown shopping with my mom, I was so worried because I had NO clue what kind of gown I wanted. So my mom started from one side of the shop and I started on the other end, we just pulled all kinds of gowns off the rack. I must have tried on 20, but I finally found THE DRESS! Don’t worry you will no when you put it on if it’s THE dress. Good Luck!
Post # 9
I am buildt the same way and same height on top of that plus size. I probably would stick with A line and something with straps. I know for myself anything strapless I looked like a linebacker. I also went with a sweetheart neckline.
Post # 10
@tksjewelry: Ohhhh, yeah. We were “very, very sneaky sir” and my Maid/Matron of Honor took a picture of me in a dress we thought we LOVED. Well guess what? In the picture the top of the dress mimicked a bikini top, and there was a HUGE line that ran right across the level of my belly-button where the corset boning stopped. It looked TERRIBLE.
How could I have forgotten the pictures?!?
Post # 11
A friend of mine’s sister got married and she has an “athletic build”. Her dress came with removeable thicker straps (which were gorgeous!) and i found that it made her shoulders appear more slender.
You’ll find a dress that you feel and look great in – keep searching until you do! I also agree with everyone who says keep an open mind and try on dresses that you think you might not like because you never know!
Happy hunting 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks everyone, I think I will have an open mind, and try on everything I can! I have tried on nearlly 60 wedding gowns it feels like! So you do know when it is the one???????