Halter Wedding Dress Advice Needed
Alfred Angelo 1846 Halter Wedding Dress
I am 5'7 and size 14. My bustline is my largest feature. I am a 38 DD. My bust size doesn't vary even when I lose weight. If I get to a 12 or 10 (which I can do) I am pretty evenly proportioned except for the bust!! I am full figured with slightly wider shoulders than hips. Which gown style should I pursue? I think halter but am not sure if thicker straps will make my wide shoulders look wider or not. I am also a mature bride of 41. Please help!
I think you are on the right track with the halter wedding dress style. I have seen that style work out well and be flattering on brides with a prominent bust.
A halter style paired with a V-neckline, or with a sweetheart neckline are the most flattering necklines. These neckline shapes tend to slim the bustline. You just have to be aware of how low the neckline is, if you are concerned about your cleavage showing. Depending on the gown, sometimes you may need the seamstress to make a modesty piece to fill in that area. A drop basque waistline, like the gown pictured above, is also flattering to brides with a large bust line.
Once you try on a gown, you will see which width straps will look the best. What you don't want are narrow straps, and definitely not spaghetti straps tying into a halter. They tend to put stress on your neck, since the support of your bust will partially be from the straps. That is why I feel a wider strap will be the best choice in your case.
But what helps more than anything else is to buy the best supporting strapless bra or halter style bra you can find. Brides who are full busted get the best support from a longline strapless bra. Goddess makes a good fitting one and Empire Intimates.
Hope this helps to make your wedding dress shopping easier!
P.s. You can check your local bridal store for the gown above or online at House of Brides if you are interested in it.