Post # 1
Hi bees! I am thinking of what type of gown will look good on my body type. Every source I read says it is best to have an idea of what type of gown you like before you head in to the shop so you aren’t completely overwhelmed. My main problem is I have HUUUUUGGGGEEE girls. 🙁 I plan on losing some weight before the wedding, but I know from experience I am unlikely to lose much weight in the chest region. I am a 30HH bra size and am a little freaked out about dresses fitting me. I have been professionally fitted more than once in that size so please do not argue the size with me. 🙁 I do NOT really want a strapless gown as I have had a lot of uncomfortable times trying to pull up my dress but would be fine with regular straps, spaghetti straps, or halter (anything that isn’t strapless). Other than my NO strapless rule, I am really clueless. I DO not want anything that makes my girls look even larger, or that makes me look like a big blob (which is easy due to my large chest). I actually do have a waist and am hoping to have even more by the wedding date. Here are two pictures of me; the second you can really see my girls and what I am talking about (WARNING I AM NOT REAL “FIT” and TRIM and I am wearing a bikini!) So girls, what would you recommend so I don’t end up looking like a fat blob all the way down, or ALL boob? Something more fitted? I dunno. I know I am not real in shape and I am trying to lose weight, I just know from the past that I am likely not to lose a ton of weight in the chest region. Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate it.
Post # 3
I like mermaid because it flatters the top but puts the emphasis on the waist and hips, you know?
Post # 4
I would go with something that is going to excentuate that tiny waste of yours. If not, you will look wider from your larger breasts.
Post # 5
I think you really need to try something in each type on to see what you like on you. The look that I thought I wanted and the one that everything said I should wear was exactly oposite of what I feel in love with on me.
Post # 6
The neckline is really what you want to focus on. Do NOT do a halter dress or empire. No dipped neckline, no boatneck line,
I def recommend sweet heart neckline!
Post # 7
I would go A-line, mermaid or trumpet (which is kinda between those two). A-line is universally flattering on everyone. A princess or ball gown might end up making you look bigger than you are because they are so big on the bottom and youre naturally larger on top. And a sheath dress would probably make your boobs look larger. I think the most important thing for you would be to pay a lot of attention to the neckline. A sweetheart neckline will look really different from a v-neck or one thats straight across. And the difference in the shape of the neckline will, as you’re probably aware, really affect how much people notice your boobs. Finally, don’t give up on strapless gowns. Because your dress will be tailored to you, it will stay up way better than another strapless dress. Most bridal gowns are fairly structured and stay up completely on their own. And most of them can easily have straps added (if you insist on them).
Post # 8
@asscherlover: Really? I always thought that a wedding gown/dress would be the same as everything else and it would fall down/not look right strapless. Thanks for all your advice! I really really appreciate it
Post # 9
Ok I was in your same sitch (36DDD) and I HAD to have a sweetheart neckline. Everything that went even close to a straight line across made be look like a chunky box of boobs. Also I never thought I would be able to do strapless, but they cinch you into those suckers but good, and I have had no problems with it at all. I got a really good strapless longline bra from freshpair.com which helps keep the girls strapped in tight. Last but not least I went with a really full skirt, to help balance out my top and bottom, and that really did the trick. Makes you look like a perfect hourglass, when in reality I’m a top heavy weeble wobble!
Post # 10
Tee hee, I just finished reading this thread http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-looked-up-my-measurement-on-powd-and-this-is-what-it-said-not-to-wear-lol
Maybe their body/dress type thingy will have better luck for you than it did for the OP! Good luck! But really, trying things on is what’ll do it for you.
Post # 11
I am a 34Dirty Delete with an hourglass size 6 and narrow back and I found a dropped waist worked best in balancing out my torso
Be careful with sheath dresses or really low mermaids which will make you look like a column with huge balloons
Empire will make you look preggers
A-line might make you look a heck of a lot heavier
I did well in ballgowns and fit and flares
Have fun and make sure you check your side view 🙂
Oh and strapless was much more flattering on me and my dress is so boned that I do not have to wear a bra which I find odd because I have not gone out in public without one in close to 30 years so a well made strapless gown will give you much more support than you can imagine
I went in knowing it would absolutely NOT be strapless too 🙂
You look like you have a long torso and tiny waist btw – you have a gorgeous to die for figure
Post # 12
You can make almost any strappless dress work for you by adding small cap-sleeves. I recommend A-line for your small waist and to give you more symmetry with your boobular region. The biggest key for you is to get the chest of the dress altered to cover as much as you want covered. I recommend only a slight sweetheart neckline- a full sweetheart and you might look like you’re spilling out. Avoid heavy beading in the chest area. Ruching (if you choose a dress with a ruched chest/bodice) should be horizontal or diagonal, not vertical on the chest.
Good luck! Know that most samples will not give you the amount of coverage and support you need- you’ll have to use your imagination. Good luck!
Post # 13
I forgot one thing: Where did you get that bikini? It’s adorable!
Post # 14
I have a big chest, a G cup, and i found a lace up a-line worked the best for me as they could cinch in my waist and the flare of the skirt “hid” that i had a bigger butt too (as i am plus size all over not just in the chest)
Empire definitely didnt work on me, i may be a big girl but that just made me look pregnant and bigger as it hung from the boobs.
Honestly, go in with an open mind and trust me the people in the salons know what they are doing they have seen brides of all shapes and sizes. Also i agree with a PP try on a bit of everything 🙂 and have fun 🙂
Post # 15
@ElwoodBlues: It’s by Freya brand. It’s their “Pier” line – they have in 4 colors; black, hot pink; red and green. I think they are called fancy colors like lollipop and green apple, but you get the drift. I absolutely adora Freya products. Freya makes swimwear as well as bras. They make cute styles in sizes that FIT me. Thank goodness. Anyway, probably more information that you wanted to know but some places that carry the Pier line:
http://www.lionslairdesigns.com/freyaswimwear/Pages/fe.pier.s.html (if you are in Florida Keys area, their store is AWESOME!!)
Post # 16
i have a similar shape to yours (hourglass) with a larger chest. i thought b/c of my chest and experience with strapless dresses i needed straps. this was definitely NOT the case. strapless tends to look significantly better if you’re larger on top, b/c straps of any type cut into our “fluffier” areas up there. plus, compare the cost of any strapless you’ve had before to your wedding dress. they are made MUCH better. have any of your previous strapless dresses had boning? most off the rack non-evening dresses won’t. it’ll be the boning and tight body that hold up your dress, not your chest. i’d suggest a strapless gown, in a fit and flare (also called modified mermaid or trumpet – something in between a mermaid that’s very fitted until the knee/a-line) with LOTS of boning, a modified sweetheart neckline (not TOO plunging sweetheart or our cleavage is spilling everywhere), but just slightly dipped in the middle – it actually minimizes the chest size appearance. Also, my bridal shop requested that the designer make my dress with an additional inch higher at the chest, to accommodate my chest. i didn’t want to feel uncomfortable with spillage. definitely do not get one straight across (uniboob!)…i also thought i needed this to control them and the bridal shop set me straight. my final suggestion, a dress with a back that’s not too high…for example, dips slightly into a V instead of going straight across (like a bra strap)…this will help control the back fat look since we’ll have more of that high where our chest is. and don’t worry, they can sew an entire regular bra (minus straps) into the dress, and it’ll mean you can wear your favorite supportive bra with a slightly lowered back. i’d suggest not doing the ‘cups’ sewn in with a chest that size…it’ll have little supportive effect. maybe check out the le mystere options (and one that has the silicone on the insides of band to stay on skin and not slide). you might also want to try a corset back so that if there is any change in weight, even slight, the corset can be tightened or let out to still say as supportive as necessary to hold the dress up. half an inch too large on a dress (say, the bride unexpectedly/accidentally loses a few lbs in the last 1-2wks b/c of stress) with a zippered dress can mean it’s dropping slightly and making you feel the need to pull up.
i’m wearing paloma blanca 3953 if you want to get an idea of what i’m talking about (strapless, modified sweetheart+add’l inch from designer, fit n flare, slightly lowered back.) taking my chances without the corset!