(Closed) Honest (gentle!) opinions on dresses please, for curvy girly…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which dress should inspire my dressmaker?
    the Jim Hjelm, because... : (34 votes)
    21 %
    the Alisa Benay, because... : (101 votes)
    62 %
    Elements of both, details below... : (9 votes)
    6 %
    Neither, how about... details below : (18 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 20
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I love the second dress BUT I do think the flowly fabric and empire waist could make you look matronly. It even makes the model look rather busty.  I think you should go to stores and try on as many dresses as you can in these styles.

    Post # 20
    5891 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Have you gone out and tried on dresses? This would give you a better idea of what type of dress would look good on you. I have similar issues. I’m 5’3″ and a 10-12, my bust, waist and hips are almost the same measurment. I thought I’d look best in an empire–I looked horrible! Only way that I knew this was i tried on *alot* of dresses.

    Post # 21
    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The second one. Personally I’m not a fan of the one-shoulder dress.  The second dress is more flowy and romantic.  I don’t think it looks like a maternity dress.

    Edit: Ohhh, I like that last photo you posted too!!!

    Post # 22
    7681 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I am plus sized and I really appreciate having an asymetrical angle for slimming my tummy.  Have you tried any lace-up backs like Maggie Sottero makes?   I like the empire waist BUT it may look like a maternity dress.  I would keep looking.  You might want to check out  some photos of Plus-size, full figure brides in dresses posted here on WB?

    Plus Size – Full Figured Brides – Lets see your pictures!!

    Post # 23
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I accidentally voted for the first one, but meant to vote for the Alisa Benay. My body type sounds VERY similar to yours and I know that I would not look good in the first dress. It would not be flattering at all and the fabric would show more curves than I wanted.

    The Alisa Benay would be much more flattering on my curves (and yours). I tried on a dress that was simlar and we noticed that making the straps into a “halter” or having them criss-cross in the back made my boobs look smaller and was very flattering so maybe your dressmaker could modify the straps to take attention away from the ladies!

    Post # 24
    4767 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Def. think the waist needs to be lowered.  The model knows how to pose so the dess looks good on her but I think if she was not standing perfectly she would look quite big.  You should def go try on some empire waist dresses and see how you look.

    Here is their site if you’re interested:


    There are bonny stokists in Ireland since I have called every single one of them trying to hunt down the dress I wanted at no avil.

    I’m getting married in Crom Castle.  I met my Fiance in Ireland when we were studying there in trinity but it was easier to get married in the UK since I have a british citizenship. Where are you from?


    Post # 25
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    This is a style that will make your chest look smaller:


    I tried on the next dress and pulled the straps into a “halter” style that criss-crossed in the back. The front was slightly low cut so i put a “modesty” piece in front to cover up my massive cleavage. It looked great! I’m not sure if I will buy it looked good and was incredibly flattering.


    I’ve also looked at the Bonny dresses. I LOVE Bonny style 1010 and wanted to buy that one but I’m losing weight and might not be able to fit into it… which is bittersweet.

    Post # 27
    4753 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    The first one. If you’re curvy the rouched waist detail will make you look thinner. As opposed to “what are you hiding in there” for the second one.

    Post # 29
    24 posts
    • Wedding: April 2015 - Marland Mansion or Outdoors

    I voted for the second (as a curvy girl) because I bought one similar to the first one, and now i regret it because it shows every flaw and imperfection… plus, the second one is so romantic.

    Post # 30
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Personally I don’t think either would be very flattering.

    The first one is such a thin drapey material it will show absolutely EVERYTHING – even someone with no issues with their body might find it hard to pull off.

    The second one is pretty but I think it might add MORE volume to your figure because of the empire waist – it even makes the model look busty. The material is definitely better but I get the maternity vibe from it as well.

    I’d suggest something more structured with a natural waist, maybe in taffeta or chiffon? Or maybe even something with straps to support a larger chest

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