(Closed) Size 16-20 brides! Show me your dress please!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I went with an a line so i won’t feel to restricted dancing and enjoying myself all day! The one i tried on was gold but the one i purchased was the ivory on the mannequin. I am a 16. The dress ordered was a 20. Good luck! Just try everything on, font limit yourself and you may be surprised.

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hi Bee! What style of dresses did you try on? I’m an 18/20 and wore a ballgown, I think if you find the right skirt it won’t look boxy at all. Or maybe if you want a fuller skirt without all the volume maybe an a-line? I think the first time trying on dresses is the hardest because you’re trying to figure out what type of dress looks best on you. Is there a bridal store near you that specializes in plus size, or even a Davids Bridal? That way you can try on dresses closer to your size. Good luck!_MG_3032

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I am a big girl and sadly carry a lot of weight in my belly. I’m surprised I haven’t been asked the “when are you due” question. Anyway, I’m a size 22 and my dress hides it so well. It’s suppose to be a ballgown but I will be wearing it more as an alone. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

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hajdu:  I have a bit of a tummy too. When I first started dress shopping, there was a natural desire to pick something that hid everything. But surprise surprise! I went with a fit and flare. I didn’t see it coming, but the construction of the dress was great and defined my waist. 

I would try on many different dress styles just to get a feel for things. You might be surprised! My runner up was a ball gown with a drop waist. I would definitely recommend trying something with a drop waist if you haven’t already. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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hajdu:  I’m a tummy lady too, and was really concerned about it when I started trying on dresses.  My dress is an a-line/ballgown.  I wore it without the crinolines, so the skirt wasn’t so full.  I thought it made me look like I have a waist that goes IN and not OUT for the first time in my life.  This is because the bodice was tight to right below my ribcage, and then it flared out.  I knew that under my dress, my body probably looked like an upside down muffin top, but nobody else could tell.  The fullness of the skirt sort of disguised the parts that I thought were flaws.

Good luck to you as you search for your perfect dress!  I lost some sleep over dress shopping, because of my body issues.  I was pleasantly surprised by the experience and ended up feeling so confident and beautiful in my dress.  

ETA: I just noticed pp’s post about fit and flare dresses – I almost ended up in one of those, because it was so well-constructed and really smoothed my lumps and bumps in the most lovely way.  I was just afraid I’d be too hot in something that form-fitting for my late-August wedding.  

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Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

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hajdu:  Not too plain at all. I think it is gorgeous. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

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hajdu:  

maggie sottero’s ettiene

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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hajdu:  this is mine.. i still need to have it altered to fit the boob part (bring it down to fit properly – its very big in that part) i am street size 16- ordered in size 20 i know how you feel i had difficulties too but don’t give up! you will find one that will make you feel amazing!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Here’s the ball gown that was my runner up choice

And here’s my dress!

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

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rusticglambride:  Oh LAWD. You are killing it in both those dresses! Is the second pic from your wedding day? Cause hair and makeup on fleek.

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