Post # 1
As I embark on the quest for the perfect wedding dress…or what has changed to…any dress at all that looks decent, I am having a miserable time. What I thought would be fun is complete torture. Nothing looks good on me, so I decided it was definetly me and not the dresses…I have lost 20 pounds thus far and am bound and determined to lose as much as possible before the wedding. The problem is, I am told I need to get a dress early. I think I will hate them all until I like me better. I found a dress I love from the 2005 Vera Wang collection. I was considering having it made. But since I can’t find one near my size to try on, who knows if it will look good on me. What style, type of dresses have you come across that flatter a fuller figure? Also, I am large chested(DDD), and will be no matter how much I lose. Any advice on what type cut, neckline, etc might be best for me?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
My advice- get your dress custom made!!! One place told me that I would need to either pay an extra 10% for the larger cup size or pay an extra 15% for a larger size!! I was mortified!! See if you can find someone now who would be willing work with you in a few months. Probably in June/July for an October wedding.
My dress has been made to my measurements- it’s Amy Kuschel and it’s been an amazing experience- you’ll see a post about it very shortly!!
Post # 4
i had a simmilar feeling. I went to stores that wanted me to stand behind some size two (which feels awesome btw) and look at skinny dresses. then i found a shop in Portland that carried many dresses in my size. I found a maggie sottero dress with a corset back that is fabulous. it makes me feel pretty and the store was great. Just keep looking and try Maggie sottero.
Post # 5
Additionally, I find it disheartening that all the pictures of dresses the models have no chest and weigh 5 pounds. If anyone has any dress pictures of themselves in their dress please post them so I can see some real bodies looking great in a wedding dress.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
I do second the corset recommendation. I am "larger" in le chest area, and a SLIGHT sweetheart neckline with a corset support worked and looked the best!
Post # 7
Corsets!! I’m a Dirty Delete and it was the only thing that helped me look good, be lifted and supported, and allowed me to gain and lose weight freely. Mine has a sweetheart, too. You can’t just hide a big bust, you have to flatter it, and a sweetheart neckline definitely does the trick.
Honestly i bought my dress in October off the rack. I could have gotten married a week later and it wouldn’t have been an issue. If you’re dead set on a style, though, I bet a seamstress could whip it up faster, or if you know you are going to lose X pounds (maybe 20 or 30 more), wait until you are halfway there. Then if you don’t make it ALL that way, the dress can be let in or let out a couple of inches, but nothing so drastic she couldn’t fix it last minute. Here’s a pic of me in my dress…I like that you don’t see ONLY boobs in my dress. Sometimes i wear clothes and i feel like that’s all anyone notices about me.
Like I said…corset+sweetheart! Good luck, let us know how it goes and good luck on your weight loss adventures! Nothing like a wedding dress to up the ante a little! Have you considered a trainer? I found that to be the best "self check" method personally.
Post # 8
Here is a picture of the dress I like thus far, but am concerned about having made because i can’t try it on first. How do you think this would look on a busty and fuller figure (14 or so). I can’t get it to post.
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I agree with peeptoe that it might be worth talking to a custom couture designer, even if you don’t go that route. I’m having mine custom-made, and the first thing we did was talk about silhouettes. A talented designer will have a good sense of what will flatter your figure. So even if you end up not buying from him/her, you will get a feel for what works on your body. And hopefully whomever you talk to will also be able to explain to you the advantages/disadvantages of certain cuts.
In my (also mostly not fun) dress shopping experience, I found that the bridal salons were way more interested in trying to get me to buy a dress that they stocked vs. helping me find what I really wanted. They did try to pull things they carried that would look good on me, but I didn’t feel that the consultants (even at high end places) really understood fit.
By The Way, though, I do think that dress would probably flatter a fuller and bustier figure. It would depend a lot on how defined the waist is (looks pretty defined in the picture). I think a fitted, well-defined waist that opens out into more of a ballgown really balances out a fuller bust and looks very flattering. I personally think an even more defined corset could also look good, but that dress is lovely.
Post # 11
Cookinette: I tried that dress on when I was shopping and absolutely loved it; it was my runner up choice. I am a street size 12 with a very full bust (FF) and it looked great. Good luck! There are many dresses out there that flatter a fuller bust line and figure so if that isn’t what you choose to go with, don’t lose heart.
Post # 12
Cookinette, my dress looks very similar to the vera wang. It is from David’s and I am a street size 14/16. It holds me in wonderfully and does amazing things. It does not look good on the model in my opinion and I hated the dress when I saw it on display in the store. But I think on it looks amazing and shockingly like that dress. It is style 9T9642. PM me if you want to see a picture of me of the dress.
Post # 13
I think that style would look wonderful on you! Very flattering!
Post # 14
I think it would look great! My cousin is fuller figured and wore a dress that was very similar in shape. Good luck with your search!
Post # 15
I think that dress would look great on a fuller figured lady (speaking as one)! 🙂 It has straps (=support), sweetheart neckline (=flattering to large bust), A-line (flattering on any waistline) and ruching (=hides any imperfections handily)!!
My dress was v-neck with straps, A Line with pleating coming down off the waistline. It was the best shape for me personally. There are pictures of it here! There are pictures of it on the "Attire" Link and (obviously) in my "Married Bio".
Good Luck and don’t worry – you WILL find something perfect for you! IT will just take a little care and research 🙂
Post # 16
I think I have also tried on about 200 dresses, and it REALLY aggravates me when I go into a boutique and thy want me to squeeze my fat*#^ into a size 6!! Then they say "Oh, Imagine how GOOD this will look on you…." Whatever. I evidently wear size 14-16 in wedding world and went to David’s (even though they have a bad rep), and found tons of dresses for me. I narrowed it down to 2 and I have not found any dresses any where else after that. Good luck girl! Don’t get discouraged….skinny girls aren’t real. Woman are SUPPOSE to have CURVES!