When I saw this list, I laughed out loud. Because most of these dresses, with their total lack of a waistline and their drap-y flow-y swishy fabric, would make me look terrible. I am aggressively pear-shaped, with narrow shoulders and large thighs. I counted ONE dress on this list that would work for me. (But I'm wearing my super-flattering cupcake dress, and I'm super psyched about that.)
This is not to say that busty, or hippy, or otherwise not-model-shaped women can't rock the alternative dresses, and there is no reason that you have to wear Spanx to do it. (Not that there is anything wrong with spanx.) I think if I had seen more alternative dresses that would actually look good on me (am I the only one who thinks the entire J.Crew wedding line is designed for women who are shaped like toothpicks?) I think I would have given it more consideration.
Figure flattering alternative wedding dresses do exist - some of them come from the Alfred Angelo Little White Dress line and the David's Bridal Online line and other online retailers - because frankly, and I know it sounds hard to believe, wedding dresses are actually designed to flatter a variety of figures. (Except mermaid dresses, although if somebody was to make a "mermaid dresses for pear shaped people" line, I maybe would have gotten one.) I have found that generally, I am disappointed by retailer's attempts to create a "wedding" line, in which the dresses cost far too much for far too little, yet are billed as "affordable" (not just J.Crew - White House Black Market and Ann Taylor did this too). These dresses often lack any kind of structure and are made of lightweight fabrics, because when retailers think "alternative" dress, they apparently think, "only skinny people don't want to wear a typical wedding dress."
Does anyone else with an imperfect body ever feel similarly excluded from the alternative dress discussion? Where have you seen alternative dresses that accommodate (and appreciate!) women of all sizes?