Post # 1
any suggestions on some dress styles that will not accentuate my huge muscular arms and shoulders? also, my back is really quite defined and not quite the feminine bride look i am going for. rather than just covering the problem areas up, i was hoping for recommended cuts and styles. i will TRY to find some photos here....
Post # 3
i sort of feel the same way. i am not ridiculously defined by any means, but i don’t feel like i have a very feminine or slight/delicate frame due to all the working out. I chose a one shoulder neckline. I didn’t want to go all the way with sleeves, but having the one shoulder covered a little more, but was still sexy. the back on my dress was rather high as well.
i would suggest you try on gowns with a similar neckline and a higher back.
however, you should try on other styles as well. you may feel sexy showing off your muscles!
Post # 4
hollyhock, i don’t know how built you are, but i actually want “bulk up” in the muscle area! my main goal is to have a defined back, bc i want that same pic all brides get of when they are looking out of a window with their arms raised…
would you mind recommending a regimen for me to start with? i’ll be working on my arms too…
i personally wouldn’t limit myself on dress styles; i for one have a pretty broad back and thought strapless was out of the question, but when i tried on a few, it actually looked really nice (there definitely were some that made me look like a man from behind, but i just stayed away from them!)
instead of worrying about what things to hid or minimize, what things about your body do you want to show off? looking at it that way will get you more exciting about dress shopping and get you one step closer to finding your dress!
Post # 6
@MissDareDevil: thank you for the tips and the photo, a lovely bride 🙂
Post # 7
@j.robyn: sorry! couldnt manage to upload any photosexcept my profile pic. As for the classic photo of the bride with the raised arms…. the reason they look that way is because their body fat content is so low you can see a lot of definition. building muscle is a fantastic thing …muscle burns fat 🙂 BUT there is a period of time that you will have both the new muscle and the old fat simutaneously causing what i call the”wrestler look” if your wedding is a year down the road i’d recommend back extensions, kettle bell swings, seated rows, lateral pull-downs (machine) and depending on how advanced you are, pull ups and my fave… dead lifts. However, if your date is not far away, stick to a clean diet of lean proteins, low sugar, high impact cardio and light weights at high reps…….
Post # 8
Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. My cousin, whose wedding was last summer, is a boulder/mountain biker/all around athlete seemed really worried about being too built for the wedding so stopped climbing for most the year leading up. Despite this she still have rather defined muscles in her arms and back and still looked very feminine.
(she had a rivini dress and a curled up do, so lots of feminine details)
Post # 9
I agree. You have an amazing body, and no since in hiding it. People starve themselves etc, trying to get that gorgeous definition. Besides, I’m sure your family and friends already know you have a gorgeous shape. I’d look for some feminine accents, such as ruffles and whatnot. Maybe try on some softer dresses (yet still having some structure to show off your curves and not make you look bigger.) Honestly, you’re going to look amazing in whatever you put on!