(Closed) Plus sized and dreaming of Maggie Sottero

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Honestly I think it would be very flattering on you!

The shape itself is very flattering (being A line) and maggie corsets do WONDERS for pulling everything in!

Honestly I think it would be good!

However, do any of the stores near you carry a similar shape maggie in a size close to your size that you could try on just to get an idea of what it would like – to help you to be more confident in your purchase?

Post # 4
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m a plus sized bride and my maggie was womnderful!!!!!!

Post # 5
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yes, and yes.  I’d just like to echo that Maggie dresses are great for any sized brides, which is something I really really love about her designs. 

I’m wondering if there’s some way for you to try on at least one of her A line designs before going ahead and buying your dream dress.  A lot of her A lines are similar in cut and fit, so that may be a way to go. 

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Beautiful dress!

Have you had a chance to try on similarly shaped dresses? Or something with a similar bodice? Even if it’s not an option to try on the dress you’re in love with, sometimes trying on similar dresses (like other ballgowns) can help give you an idea of how you’ll look/feel in it. 🙂

Post # 7
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the dress is beautiful and corset backs are great.

I would be sure to try on a dress with horizontal ruching around the waistline.  I know myself, a size 16w bridal dress, diagonal rushing/embrodiary seemed to be more flattering rather than horizontal.  I would try on a gown like this and see if it works for you.  It may look stunning but I would try something on simliar just to be sure.

  I was trying to find a maggie with diagonal ruching to give you an example so here is what I found.






http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?page=6&style=R1066 (i love this dress)

Post # 8
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Im a plus size, and I think that dress would honestly be stunning on you. Seriously. I think it would look fantastic!!  I couldnt try my Maggie on at the store either, so I just had to take a leap of faith (havent gotten it in yet, so cant say whether it will pay off, but I dont actually have any doubts its the dress for me).  The Maggie I got was Rachael, and it was my second dress too. 

If you can afford it, go for it! Its a great dress and would look fantastic on you!!

Post # 9
1545 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes it will look gorgeous on you! it will hug you in all the right places and suck in what you dont want to show!

Post # 10
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hey girl! I think it will be great on you! Especially because it will bring you in near the rib cage making you look smaller, and then will puff out from there. What is good is that the dress is not fitted though the lower hips.

 I tried on the Ambrosia dress which had a similar corset top. What I didn’t like about it is that I felt the left to right ruching was hitting me right in the lower abdomen and making it “pop” out more.  This dress doesn’t fit as low so that won’t be a problem for you.

Post # 11
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

That’s a gorgeous gown! I’m a very curvy (like you!) street size 16/18 and found Maggies with corsets to be VERY flattering. As miss.skinner mentioned, diagonal ruching tends to be more flattering than horizontal ruching, so you might want to consider some of the dresses she suggested, too. But either way, I think you’ll look beautiful!

A small word of caution, though, do try to find *a* Maggie Sottero with a corset back to try on before you order your dress. Even if the cut isn’t identical, it will give you valuable information about how the brand’s sizing translates to your body. For example, I assumed I’d need a 20/22 bridal. But a 20 with a corset was way too big in Maggie Sottero. The sides were touching once the consultant laced me up. Had I chosen one, I’d have order an 18 max.

Post # 12
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Okay here is my opinion… that dress MAY not be the most flattering on you. And you might want to wear it anyways. 


I just tried on dresses this weekend and I’m plus sized (16/18) with a trouble tummy-area… and i found that dresses that had a seam between the top and bottom was very unflattering on me. Plus, the fuller skirts made my hips look wider than they are. In one dress I was literally wider than I was tall at the bottom of the skirt. So based just on that… I feel like maybe this wouldn’t be the most flattering dress you could buy. On the other hand… if you LOVE LOVE the dress, who cares? I think you’ll look beautiful in it, it just might not be quite as flattering as a different style. But I’m not sure that most flattering always = best dress for you.

Post # 13
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love the dress, but I am not sure the horizontal ruching would do you justice.   Nor do I think the pick ups would do you any justice.    I think you should go for something with diagonal ruching.     I think that this dress will hug and emphaize the hips and stomach area and may cause the opposite effect of looking fabulous on you due to the horizonal and pickups.   

I am a street size 16W and I ordered Alfred Angelo 1136 in a straight 16 and it is too big every where except my bustline!   Very similar to the Maggie you have picked out.  Just has horizonal rushing instead.


Post # 14
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


First off, your picture is gorgeous!

The corset backs can do wonders for the figure too!  I am plus-sized as well, size 18, and I found the corset backs sometimes made me feel like I was spewing out the top…but that could just be me and my body type, so I opted for now corset.

With that…you look really proportional/tall, so you could totally pull it off, especially if you love it and are confident!  The slightly dropped waist could also be really good to define your waist/figure.

My ONLY hesitation about it is in my own experience, I found dresses that had bigger skirts and “puff” made me feel/look bigger…And I think that skirt has the potential to do that.  But the lower waist has the potential to offset that as well…

Thing is…if you totally love and will feel confident, you’ll rock it and look gorgeous! 🙂

Post # 16
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Maggie dresses are excellent for plus sized gals! It totally depends on your shape. I think the rule that A-line dresses are best for plus sizes isn’t always true – it totally depends on height, etc. I’m pear shaped but also very tall (5’11”), and my waist is pretty well defined. My goal is to look balanced top and bottom (hourglass-y), and I find that mermaid dresses actually make me look awesome because not only do they define my waist, but they also slim my hips, making me look more proportioned.

I love your photo (you look gorgeous btw), and it seems like you are more or less balanced on top and bottom so the A-line may definitely work for you! I loooove Maggie and I hope you go for it!

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