(Closed) Need some ideas od figure flattering dresses…pics welcomed!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Most people look good in A-lines, so I would start there.  Definitely try some other silhouettes though, you never know what will look good.  Corsets can help too- but remember you want to be comfortable too!

Post # 4
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Anything with rouching is typically flattering!

Also, a corset back helps!

Post # 5
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

well i guess i am not a typical full figured bride as i went with a mermaid style dress…. here is me in the too big sample and the stock photo…. also there is another gal on here who looks amazing in her mermaid gown (Mrs.MedinaJr).  there is also a whole bunch of ladies on the full figured board who have posted their dresses in this thread so you may get ideas from there as well πŸ™‚

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Post # 7
3758 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Me myself found that A-line is great. i thought i wanted huge and poofy but it just seemed to make me look larger

Post # 8
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Take a look at Maggie Sottero gowns. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second what all the other PP have said.

Maggie Sottero – especially Melissa Brooch, but there are TONS. you really can’t go wrong with a Maggie.
Corset back
Rouching around the bodice, and if it draws across the body to your waist/hips all the better!

I don’t know if this two actually work in real life, but in theory I would think dropped waists would be the most flattering, and if you want a trumpet gown, look for modified mermaid styles that flare out a bit higher than usual? Or is it lower? In any case, if it hits mid-thigh like a traditional trumpet, it’s not going to look good. πŸ™‚

Post # 10
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree that the poofy gowns made me look larger than I am so they were a no go.  I really liked the ballgowns on though, but what ended up working best for me was a-line and a sweetheart neckline.  Mermaid was horrible on me, but then again I do carry weight in my middle and my butt. 

I ended up falling in love wiht Enzoani Brooklyn and even though the sample size was 4 sizes too small, I took a leap of faith knowing by then that a-line would work for me.  I was so nervous it would be bad on my belly area, but I just tried it on for the first time last weekend and it was PERFECT!  It really shows off my hourglass shape and curves.   I wish it had a corset to pull tighter, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with alterations. There is an “inside” corset but it doesn’t lace up, it just clips together.  I was between sizes and ordered the bigger size, but probably should have stuck with the smaller one.  Again, nothing alterations can’t fix.

Congratulations on the engagement and HAVE FUN with the dress shopping process!  I personally was dreading it because I didn’t want to be limited in options because I was plus size and I worried a lot about what salons other than David’s Bridal would have for me to try on.  I was pleasantly surprised with the first store I went to (although I did call around to make sure I was going somewhere that had fuller figure dresses) and ended up buying my dress that day.  Remember that you don’t have to settle.  Get the dress you love!

Post # 11
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Dresses with dropped waists look great!

Post # 13
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A good place to start is to think about the cut/style of dresses you usually wear and feel comfortable in. For me, I always favored form-fitting strapless cocktail dresses to show off curves, so those are the dresses I looked at and that is what worked. Good luck dress hunting!

Post # 14
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Maggie. She sucks in and pushes your girls up. Take a look at the plus size Maggie thread. 

Post # 15
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

it really depends on what you want. do you want to show off your curves? I was a full figured bride and i love my curves but i did not want to show them off on my wedding day (I never show them off, i am pretty modest). Here is the dress I wore. Everyone kept telling me how flattering my dress was πŸ™‚ I am selling her if you are interested PM me πŸ™‚ Good luck! 


Post # 16
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

 THere’s lots of different shapes that are considered “full figured” and a dress that would work on one full figured body wouldn’t work on another.  If you post a pic of you it might be easier to give suggestions. 

Here’s me in my Alfred Angelo 2100:

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