Post # 1
So I’m not going to start looking for dresses until September. By then, I’m hoping to go down at least one dress size and feel a bit better about myself.
I’m 5’10 – size 18. At my thinnest I was a small size 14. At my heaviest I was a size 22.
Ideally, I’d love to go down to a size 10/12 by next July for my wedding.
So – I fell in love with this dress online. I haven’t gone to see it in person because I feel as though I’ll be dissapointed in it at my current size.
My concern is that it looks to be a bit full at the bottom. Is this going to make me look even larger? I keep graviating toward this style of dress.
image is from nordstrom.com – wedding lookbook spring 2013
Post # 3
The dress is beautiful but whether it would look good on you or not is really hard to decide without you trying it on first! What shape is your body (pear, hourglass, iverted triangle…)? It looks like a full A-line, which I think it quite universally flattering and since you’re tall, I wouldn’t worry about the dress being full at the bottom, unless of course it’s a look your don’t generally like.
I think your dress size has very little to do with the shape of your body. If a garment looks good on, for example, an hourglass figure, it doesn’t really matter whether the woman is size 10 or size 20, if the dress fits and the proportions work. So just go try it on! If you manage to lose weight before your wedding, you can always get a smaller size or have it altered to fit you.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t think it will. Maybe just go try it on without any set expectations?
Post # 5
I would say just go in and try on dresses. Don’t “plan” on being a smaller size, this often ends up with disappointment.
I bought my dresses for the size I was at the time (Size 14 bridal), and I’ve lost some inches since then, but they just are nicer fitting, my reception dress needs to be taken in a bit. I wanted to lose more, but with the stress of the wedding that’s not happening! lol
Post # 6
@sunkissed19: It looks like a full skirt (a line) which is one of the most flattering on any figure. Go try it on and see what it looks like. They are great at getting the shape to show while trying on sample dresses so you get an idea.
Post # 7
I agree with the other posts! I think A-lines are universally flattering, and that dress is absolutely gorgeous. The ruched waistband will emphasize your waist as well. Go try it on, and don’t worry if it’s not as perfect as you imagined. There are so many dresses out there, it’s just a question of finding the one that’s right for you.
Post # 8
That dress is so pretty. My only concern is the large panel of fabric going around the middle. On MY body type that wouldn’t be flattering…I don’t think*. I’d say definitely try it, and keep us posted!!!
Post # 9
I am a street size 16 and my dress has a very similar style as far as the center band. It actually makes my waist more defined. here is a picture to give you an idea
Post # 10
Very pretty dress. I like the romantic, flowy fabric. The ruched belted area over the waist coupled with the A-line skirt will cinch any lady’s waist. Very appealing. 🙂
I suggest trying it on – the people at Nordstrom are very nice & helpful!
It reminded me of BHLDN’s Onyx gown: http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-wedding-dresses/onyx-gown/productoptionids/fbcaeb8b-b90b-4e9a-9313-32da085940dd
Post # 11
I think that the waistline and the band in the middle can be very slimming. I agree that you should go in and try it on. Things always look different on the hanger than they do on your body.
Post # 12
Thanks to everyone who commented on the dress and for all of the encouragement!
I don’t believe I could ever part with that much money for a dress – although Nordstrom has great rewards programs – I wonder how many $20 notes I would get for putting it on my nordstrom card! — but I might go the custom route. or it might look terrible on me! who knows.
@MsMeow: I have an hourglass shape. My go-to summer dresses are maxi dresses with a slight a-line. So that’s probably why I gravitated to this one!
@darkflame: Great advice…and I should listen to it…but i won’t. i’m determined to be smaller. i can’t see myself getting married at the size i am now- i’m uncomfortable in my skin. getting back to a 14, i’ll be much more comfortable with myself. i was my thinnest after living in italy for 8 months – and i wasn’t even dieting! just walking all over the place, eating fresh food, and enjoying life. Such a great lifestyle over there!
@mattsgirl813: yes! thank you for posting this pic! you’re right – it totally defines your waist. you look beautiful 🙂
@greentree: that gown is beautiful! i love the flowy-ness of it. i’m getting married on the beach in the outer banks so i’m totally drawn to light and airy dresses.
Post # 13
@sunkissed19: Actually, quite the opposite; I’d think that waistband would accentuate the narrowest part of your waist and make it look small even if it isn’t. This is especially true because the flare of the skirt gives it some balance. If you have any kind of chest at all you will look like a LITERAL hourglass!
Post # 14
@sunkissed19: It has straps that cut into a vee, a natural waist, and it is a-line… that is possibly the most universally flattering style possible. The center band will work well on your size, and make your waist look smaller, I should think. 🙂 So that is good news. You should try it on somewhere! If you don’t like it, there are thousands of other dresses, so better to know now. 🙂
Post # 15
@sunkissed19: I will beg you to listen to it…
My sister was quite overweight when she got her bridesmaid dress, then needed to reorder a size 10…my maid of honor was the smallest she ever was at size 8 and needed to reorder a size 12……
It is a stressful procedure….buy for your size now, you can always make it smaller, but you CAN’T make it bigger!
ETA: th makes me really glad that I did not lose a tremendous amount of weight…I just toned up a bit and feel better about myself….
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