(Closed) Wedding dress help for plus size brides

posted 6 years ago in Dress
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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SamAldridgeuk:  I think it completely depends on your body shape. Have you tried on a bunch of different silhouettes to see what is most flattering and what you like best?  I think the one you posted is nice but I’d look at some other ones to see if there are other dresses that really compliment your shape thr best or if that one is the best out there (and maybe it is, it’s very pretty!)

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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SamAldridgeuk:  I think that dress looks great on you! I have a bridal store and see many brides your size. I think all brides, regardless of size, have a little insecurity, whether it’s tummy area, arms or hips. After all, being in the spotlight isn’t the norm so we want to look our best. Ruching on a dress can work wonders…

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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SamAldridgeuk: I love that one!

I really wanted a heavily beaded, sheath type dress. Something very vintage looking. Sad to say, the dresses that went straight down made me look like a rectangle. I didn’t think I looked like that! I found that even thought it didn’t have the beading that I wanted, the Maggie Sottero Marianne, with a corset back, looked best on me- it’s a fit and flare. I tried a similar Allure with the beading I wanted, but it was three sizes too big, with no corset back and it just wasn’t as flattering (). 

Keep trying on dresses and see what flatters you the most. I never wanted a corset back or a fit and flare and now I’m on the hunt for a heavily beaded, corset back fit and flare (if anyone knows of one, please let me know- ASAP- the wedding is January 1st!).

Find one that makes you feel great. Part of me feels like I should have gone home with the Marianne, as it was the closest to making me feel a little pretty, maybe, but I so badly want beading (and, more and more beading!

Good luck!

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am an 18 AU. 

My Dress is a size 20 AU, So i’m under strict instructions not to lose weight… lol. 

I tried on a bunch of different dresses, even baught a replica from Ebay. 

I found a full corset ball gown style dress the most flattering on me, however it was the most uncomfortable and pushed my girls up to my chin (not really… but seriously, they were up there).

In the end i have an A Line V Neck with capsleeves. It’s lace and chiffon, has a big train, a built in waist band and I love it! 

I think you know when you find the one. It might not be a “OMG this is my dress” moment but its definately a feeling… 

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Sugar bee

The shape of the dress you posted looks great on your figure!!  You look very curvy, not fat, and your waist is well defined.  

I don’t love the bodice of the dress though.  I feel like it would be more flattering without the lace detailing on the neckline, and possibly with straps added.  Or it might be the width of the belt which cuts off your top half.  There’s just something off with the proportion.  

Youre on the right track 100% with the shape!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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SamAldridgeuk:  I’m a size 24 AU and a fairly similar body type to you. I found slim a-lines worked best for me and that’s what I ended up going with.

You are fairly short waisted (as am I), so you should look at a dress that has some kind of feature to lengthen the torso. This could be…

A dress with straps (not spaghetti straps – thicker than that) or v-neck

A dress with a dropped waist – you need to have a waist to wear this, which you do:

A dress with diagonal ruching at the waist

A dress with no defined waistline at all.

In terms of fabrics, you can really have anything you like as long as the dress has good internal structure. For lighter fabrics e.g. lace, chiffon, tulle you probably need to look at a dress that has a satin underlay to provide structure. That way the dress doesn’t cling too much.

I quite like what you’re wearing in the photo but I think the detailing at the waist is at the wrong place for you. I would stay away from any belt or decoration where your natural waistline is unless there’s some other feature to lengthen the torso such as straps or a dropped waist. For example in the v-neck dress I posted above – while it has a belt at the natural waist but it has straps as well so that’s OK.

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Blushing bee

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SamAldridgeuk:  Honestly, that dress looks beautiful on you! I would have never thought you were a size 20 in wedding dresses when looking at your photo. I think the fact that you have a detailing around the waist and you have almost an A line dress (less poof and more straight) it flatters you wonderfully ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You look beautiful in that dress!  I’m the same size as you and was so worried about dress shopping as a plus size bride. But the shop I went to was great. And I tried on a ton of different shapes. I ended up with a ball gown that was strapless but I had them add cap sleeves. I picked the dress that made me feel the most beautiful. Good luck choosing your dream gown!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

That dress looks great on you! I had a lot of anxiety about dress shopping. My wedding is not until October 2016, but I went shopping over the weekend to try to reduce my anxiety level. I’m lucky that there is a plus size botique where I live. I gave them like 25 pictures of a line dresses, tried some on. They selected a fit and flare and it was amazing! I still can’t believe the curves it gave me. This dress, which is my dress, was pulled by the stylist at the shop. When you try dresses on, I would ask them what they think would look good.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That dress looks lovely one you! I recommend going somewhere like David’s and trying on dresses in every silhouette, so you can get a feel for what really works on your body…and what doesn’t. Example: I thought I could maybe pull off a mermaid because I have a relatively nice hip to waist ratio even though I’m plus sized. Wrong! Made my butt look like a square. I thought that a-lines and natural waist ballgowns looked best on me (which was my initial suspicion – I ended up purchasing a natural waist ballgown, but I am planning on depoofing it a touch), but there are so many plus sized ladies who are absolutely stunnnnning in more fitted silhouettes.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

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SamAldridgeuk:  You look gorgeous in your dress. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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SamAldridgeuk:  I think both dresses look great. My dress is a size 20 and I am street size 14/16. This is going to sound very cheesey but you have to feel great about yourself from within before getting the “wow” factor. Try to let go of those insecurities when trying on dresses and remember that no matter what size you are, that you deserve to feel great! I was terrified to try on dresses because I’m at my heaviest but I’ve been working hard to try to feel better about myself at whatever weight. I realized that some styles are just not flattering on my body type. Like others have said, A-line cuts were much more flattering on me. Be gentle on yourself and the right dress will come along if it hasn’t already! good luck and keep us updated!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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robsbeach:  The ‘Marianne’ has a very defined fit n flare silhouette, are you looking for the same but more beading?

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