(Closed) Help me find flattering engagment pics clothes!!!

posted 9 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Flattering clothes depend entirely on body shape… Like for me I have an average sized top with a small waist and a ridiculously large booty… Think pear.  For me dresses thet cinch in right at the bottom of my rib cage are most flattering.  What kind of body shape are you?

Post # 5
1534 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wrap dresses are pretty flattering for most body types.  Look for shirts that have a seam under the bust and flow slightly away from the body.  A V~neck will elongate your neck and make you look taller and leaner.  As for bottoms, uniform dark wash, boot~cut or straight leg jeans are pretty flattering.  If you’re going to wear a skirt, make sure you don’t do all flowy stuff ie a more fitted shirt and flowy skirt or flowy shirt and fitted skirt.

If you wear prints, try to make sure they are proportioned with your body size.  A short girl won’t look as good in a huge print.  A small print can look busy in photographs.

My best advice is to take clothes to a tailor.  It makes all the difference in the world and really doesn’t cost as much as some people think.  When your clothes fit, it just gives you more confidence and you aren’t pulling tops up, skirts down, pants up, etc.  

You’ll look beautiful in your pictures!

Post # 6
3993 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m somewhat of a pear/hourglass, as I carry most of my weight in my thighs and stomach. I wore a navy blue dress with an empire waist seam that hit slightly below the knee in length. I’m 5’9, too, so that is part of why I don’t like short dresses on me in photographs. The darker color was good for photographs as well. 

Dark jeans are the best for fuller figures, if you’re planning on wearing jeans. As far as tops, that depends a bit on bust to waist ratio. I have a pretty large chest but my stomach and thighs counter that, so again empire waisted things work on me the best. They emphasize the chest and de-emphasize my large stomach.

Are you wanting people to post examples?

Also – high heels are a curvy girls (or any girls!) friend when it comes to photographing with a nicer shape. They make you stand taller and straighter, as well as elongating.


Post # 8
3993 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@DanaE:  Okay, well here is what I wore for our engagement shoot:

There was some detailing (wrap-like) on the bust, it was a soft fabric (not a “sticky” or stretchy one, more cotton than anything.)

Note: I realized that I have very few full body shots of me at this point, ha.

But here are some examples I could find in my Picasa (these are anywhere from recent to 2006-ish.)

Top Left: I’m second from the left, wearing a flowy, empire-waisted dress. Note: All of us in this pic are “full figured” ranging from probably a size 12 to a size 22 or so.

Top Right: Empire waisted again, it virtually disguises my stomach.

Bottom Left: Empire waisted top; layered.

Bottom 2nd from Left: Good example of dark jeans and layering working MAGIC!

Middle Right (the one in front of lake): Good example of dark jeans and a black scoop neck shirt.

Bottom 2nd from Right: I’m in the middle. Both of those girls are WAY skinnier than I am, but I don’t feel absolutely huge next to them. Why? Dark jeans witho structure and a top that fits and disguises.

Bottom Right: Another good example of “layering camouflage.”

So overall, my three personal go-to things for looking and feeling slimmer:

1. Empire waists, or at least an interesting neckline (scoop or v-neck, I also like boat-neck)

2. Dark jeans

3. Layers, when appropriate.

Post # 10
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DanaE : What a cute dress!!! Flats would look cute!! Or maybe consider a kitten heel? Good Luck! Can’t wait to see how the pics turn out.Smile

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