(Closed) What dress looks best…

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Are you busty?  Do you need straps to hold up the girls?  I think you can work whatever look you really want!  Strapless or halter a-line styles popped into my mind first.

Post # 5
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m a plus size and wearing strapless. If the gown is made to fit you well, you will not need to keep pulling it up. My gown was custom made by Priscilla of Boston and it covers me up enough so I’m not spilling out of my gown and feel SO incredibly comfortable. 

Post # 6
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

I definitely think a straght empire waisted dress is exceptionally flattering and sexy with a v-neck and fluttery straps or yolk.

Post # 7
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

one of the dresses i tried might work: sleeveless with a U neckline (so thick straps, so you can wear a regular bra under it), fitted bodice through the waist but with a full pleated skirt underneath. the combination made my waist look tiny without displaying my full hips (i’m a pear, bottoms are a full size bigger than my top). maybe you could try something like that. to be clear, it was NOT a princessy ballgown so it wasn’t overly voluminous, but the deep pleats (i think box pleats) were very effective indeed.

Post # 8
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I think that pretty much anyone can wear strapless if she has the right shape and the right tailoring.  If you’re looking to define your waist, you should look for something with ruching or a wrap detail at the waist. 

If you aren’t feeling the A-Line, go ahead and try some other shapes and see what you like.  I heard Clinton and Stacy say once that it’s wrong to assume that everyone who is considered “plus sized” looks good in the same types of clothes.  No matter what your size, you have differences in your figure that you want to highlight.  I’d concentrate on the things you like about your figure and try to accentuate those. Try a bunch of different sillohuettes and see what you like best.  I actually think that too much volume (i.e. a big ball gown or box pleating) can make you look heavier than you are, in any size.  Something more fitted might show off your body better.

Just to share one thing from my dress shopping experience.  I knew I didn’t want a ball gown, but I thought for a minute about a mermaid/trumpet style.  However, because I didn’t fit into the sample sizes (I’m a 12 in real life, obviously bigger in bridal sizes), I wasn’t able to tell how any of those dresses would actually look on me.  I pretty much had to dismiss the entire style, because I didn’t want to buy something I hadn’t tried on.  That’s not to say that will be your experience, but that’s just what happened to me.  Honestly, I wonder if that’s why the consultants want to put you into an A-line or ball gown–because the sample mermaid/trumpets don’t always fit if you’re larger than a sample and they can’t be pinned/clipped the same way.

Post # 9
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m plus size and was against wearing an a-line, I wanted a sheath.  When I went dress shopping I ultimately fell for an a-line gown.  You just need to try on dresses in all cuts/types and fabrics till you find the one you love most. 

I went to David’s Bridal to help me find the silhouette I liked most.  Since they carry all dresses it made it much easier.

Post # 10
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I went to DB as well and shockingly had a great time! I went in with low expectations but my consultant was so fun to work with! I was set on an A-line because I think I have huge hips but all the ones I tried on looked wrong…they just looked wrong. So she put me in some other styles and it turns out that other styles looked fantastic on me. I ended up chosing a mermaid, who would have thought right?

I was really stubborn about what I thought I wanted and my Maid/Matron of Honor forced me to look at other options and I am sooo glad she did! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone a little bit, you might love the results!

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