(Closed) Wedding gown ideas

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2842 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hard to tell from the photo – do you have one where she’s standing up?

Post # 3
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

I woul really suggest that you try on the different shapes in your first appointment. I avoided mermaids because I have wide hips and I was afraid they would make me looks too wide. One of my consultants suggested that I at least try them and I was really surprised how good they looked. Just ask them to pull different shapes and then go from there. 

Post # 4
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

No. You need A line or empire waisted.


I am also Apple shaped, it’s a tough battle with wedding dresses. Here’s what I ended up with:


Good luck, bee! Try lots on!

Post # 5
1271 posts
Bumble bee

I agree with try lots on. I am an hourglass and so ideally want something fitted to my waist but (at least) as wide as my hips where it hits the floor. That said I’m planning to go in to my first shop with an open mind and try anything and everything before narrowing it down.

You may find that a dress with a corset can help create the illusion of a smaller waist 🙂

Post # 6
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Corsets!!!!! I am an apple too. I found that a corset bodice did amazing things to my body. I had a waist, a real waist! It’s also quite comfortable, and does not restrict my movement. 

Post # 7
2842 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

inav32 :  Imma going to post an essay here, so sorry in advance!

I’m a plus size apple myself and here’s what I found (and also what I’ve observed in four years on the Bee because I can’t leave… don’t judge me LOL).

The main issue that you’ll have is that you won’t have much of a waist, and what you do have will probably be high up on your torso so you’ll probably be short-waisted. That means that the four things to consider when looking for a dress are silhouette, neckline, structure and waistline.

Silhouette – either a-line or ballgown is best. Within a-line there is quite a range – you can either go slimline or full skirted, and depending on other factors you may also be able to wear a dress that’s a modified a-line (which is slightly fitted through the hips). Full fit and flares/trumpets/mermaids are generally out though.

Empire lines are a possibility but be careful. They need to be well structured and not flowy at all or else you’ll look pregnant. 

Neckline – anything that draws the eye upwards. Sweetheart necklines are good, either strapless or with straps. V-necks and scoops are also good because they lengthen the torso above the waistline. Off-the-shoulder straps and cap sleeves can also work because apples don’t usually have wide shoulders, so the width at the top can help your waist look smaller. 

Avoid anything high necked unless you want a monoboob look. That means no bateau necks unless it’s a very fine illusion lace illusion bateau neckline (probably with a sweetheart neckline below the lace). Also straight strapless necklines will make you look blocky. That’s a no as well.

Structure – Run away from flowy fabrics and super light dresses. They suck for apples. Instead look for satin or maybe taffeta, because they hold their shape and don’t cling to the bits where you don’t want cling. You can wear lace, but it needs to have a satin underlayer (some lace dresses have a crepe underlayer, which won’t work for you as well). 

Also look for a dress with boning and preferably an internal corset. I believe Maggie Sottero dresses have this and possibly Allure and Essense/Stella/Martina Liana do too. Dresses with internal corsets may also have an extermal corset that ties up with laces at the back, but a back lacing dress doesn’t necessarily mean that the dress has a good structure, though it might. Sometimes you can only tell when you see the dress for yourself – if it’s boned/good structure the bodice will be rigid and stand up by itself when you hold the dress by its waist.

Waistline – This is probably the most important thing. A lot of apple girls are tempted to hide all of their tummy in a big ballgown skirt that flares out from the natural waist but that isn’t always the best move. Because you’re likely to be short-waisted, a dress that is slightly drop waisted may be a better bet than one that flares out at the natural waist. (That’s provided the dress has enough structure to hold everything in at the natural waist.)

Also a lot of ballgowns have a horizontal detail at the natural waist and some of them also have heavy pleating and gathers around the waist. That adds bulk where you don’t want bulk. 

This is an example of an apple girl who In My Humble Opinion is wearing a dress with too much bulk around the waist. I think she looks boxy, like the dress is swallowing her up. (I googled to find the photo):

You can have pleats – and sometimes a dress will have to have pleats to give it fullness – but the pleats need to either be below the waistline (drop waist dress) or wider pleats that are flat across the tummy, or both. 

Below are examples of pleated dresses that would be better options. 

Has pleats, but the waistline is slightly dropped and the ruching draws the eye towards the waist and the neckline draws the eye towards the bust. (Allure)

Drop waist with fairly non-bulky pleats (Martina Liana)

Another option for the waistline is to have ruching, especially diagonal ruching. This will help hide your tummy and make you look slimmer (Maggie Sottero and Mia Solano, respectively):


This dress is a bit fitted through the hips but the ruching means you could get away with it (Jasmine):

The last option is for no waistline at all  – this means an aline dress that just skims over the waist and hips, and doesn’t have a belt or any horizontal detail at the waist. (Sottero & Midgely and Allure):

Post # 8
2506 posts
Sugar bee

inav32 :  just go try them on. make an appointment at David’s Bridal and ask to try on every silhouette. it’s really the only way to know; wedding dresses fit so differently from any other clothes you’ve worn.

my intuition though is that you’ll want to go with an empire waisted, or A-line gown, since you have a thick waist. a ballgown might look good – they have a way of making waists look tiny by comparison – it just depends on how big your boobs are (if you have a tiny chest, and thick waist, a ballgown might make you look like a little kid playing dress up. but if you have a decent chest, you can probably pull it off).

you likely won’t look good in a mermaid, as they look best on those with a larger waist to hip ratio. fit an flare is questionable – some of them look lovely on apple shapes, and others not so much. but don’t be afriad to try it!

Post # 9
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it’s best to try on a lot.  I’m an hourglass with a bit of sand at the bottom – I thought I’d want a mermaid dress and ended up loving an empire dress that I was only “meh” about when I saw it in photos online.  

Also, your consultant would hopefully have some suggestions, that’s her job, and she sees brides of every size and shape, and should have some good ideas about what suits different body types.  Just be able to help her with some things like fabric weight, texture, are you getting married in the summer or winter, inside or outside, do you like sparkle or simple, color ranges from whitest white to variations of ivory, or even a bold color for your dress.  

Post # 10
9452 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

one more for try on a lot. I’m an hourglass and found that mermaid type dresses (which should have flattered me) made me look like a young boy.  

the “rules” are really just starting points, IMO.. every body is unique

Post # 11
2594 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

Honestly, you won’t know what fit you like until it’s on your body. I would recommend going and trying on different silhouettes. I ended up with a different silhouette than I thought I would. I didn’t think it would flatter me, but it did!

Post # 12
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Agree with PP, just gotta try em on. You never know what will work for you!

im Apple too. I found natural waist with some fullness in the skirt to be the most flattering and still allowed me the comfort to sit! Lol. I did end up finding a ever so slightly dropped waist to give me more of a waist. I wish I had tried on something with a serious corset, but I wasn’t willing to pay for a more structured dress. 

Good luck bee! 

Post # 13
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

TRY ON EVERYTHING!  I have wide hips and big booty but am small framed up top – definitely a pear shaped gal.  I was convinced a mermaid or a trumpet would never work on me so I tried on lots of a-lines and sheaths.  I was so wrong! I put on a mermaid and liked it thenmy consultant brought me a trumpet.  It was a total wildcard but she was right!!!  So try on everything – you may be surprised what works!


Post # 15
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017



 inav32 :  Hey my sister was an apple shape, and she went with a satin, ruched A-line. Both ruching is your friend as it will bring the the eye in, illuding to a curvy shape. Also belts at your natural waist to emphasize your smallest portion. I would DEF recomment a dress with “structure” to cinch you in and give you more of an hourglass shape. And finally incase you don’t have too much at the bust, do sewn in cups, and a fuller skirt on the bottom to create an hour glass shape. 

You will LOOK like jessica rabbit!

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