Post # 1
I am 5″0, size 14-16. I am really finding it difficult to figure out what might look good as most the dresses are too long for my short torso. Any suggestions re designers or styles that are flattering for women who are short but still “full-figured”?
Post # 3
No suggestions, just in the same boat. I am five foot too! Mermaid styles look ridiculous on me and the poofy dresses make me look like a cupcake.
Post # 4
A number of years ago I worked in a plus sized clothing store and I worked with ladies of all heights. One look that is particularly flattering on a woman of petite stature is an empire waisted dress with a skirt that flares a little without being poofy. It can take experimentation with the style to find a dress where the neckline is flattering, the right amount for the neckine to dip down or cover varies a lot based on your bust, shoulders, and neck.
I’d also suggest trying on several different styles because occasionally something will surprise you. Look for a compassionate clerk who cares about how you look and not just a commission. The right clerk can be really helpful. Good luck!
Post # 5
Try a fit and flare… That’s what I wore when I got married. I wore a size 14 and I’m 5’0″. The only thing I wish had been different about my dress, is I wish it would have had cap sleeves, because I think cap sleeves give the illusion of height. I think strapless gowns make short women look shorter.
Here’s a link to my recap with pictures of me in my gown:
Post # 6
@Loribeth: You looked gorgeous! I love the intricate lace details on your dress and shawl.
@Cappugcino: I know I will definitely trying on a lot of dresses to see what looks good on me. It is just a bit frustrating because besides “no ballgowns” I don’t really have a clear idea of what will work with my body type as I never or rarely wear dresses.
@KT808: I am very familiar with the cupcake effect!
Post # 7
5’3″, and street size 12/14 (sometimes 16), here.
I have yet to go dress shopping, but I’m looking forward to it (nervously). I tried dress shopping about a year ago when I was a size 24, and it wasn’t pleasant.
Post # 8
@Tostones: Thank you! I’m very proud of my shawl, because I made it myself!
Post # 9
i’m about 5’1″ and this dress is a 10. my other wedding dress is a 12 so i’m around a size 10/12. i’m bigger up top and have minimal hips so a fitted dress with a flared bottom helped minimize my top. i also have a very short torso.
post a picture of your self and i’ll see if i can help you pick a dress style. when you say petite and full-figured, it depends on where you carry your weight. i have a friend who is petite, tiny up top through the waist but carries her weight through her hips and thighs so when she was picking dresses for me, she picked out styles that would work for her but only emphasized my broader upper half.
Post # 10
I’m 5’1″ and a street size 12/14 and wear a 36DD. I actually have a very long torso and short legs so the dresses made for short girls don’t sit right on me. I really don’t know what I want or what looks nice. sigh..
Post # 11
I did okay. I’m about the same size, although a little taller (5’4), and I picked an a-line dress.
Post # 12
Yay, I am not alone, I am shorter than all of you at 4’10” my wedding dress is an 18 (I normally wear a 14/16 ish depending on brand) and have a 36ff chest, however I found a dress that suits me, I think this style is flattering to fuller figured women but apparently to short people too 😀
Post # 13
@Loribeth: That shawl is AMAZING! Great job!
Post # 14
@Tostones: I’m 4’11 and totally rocked a ball gown. I even put a huge slip underneath!!
(Of course, I was wearing 4″ heels b/c my DH is 6’4.)
Post # 15
I’m 5’0 and usually about a size 12 (working hard to loose some weight though).
Most of the dresses I have tried that have been flattering on me so far have been a-line dresses with some ruching over my stomach (helps hide it). Similar in style to the dress kroughy89 posted.
It really depends a lot on your build also. Like you I’m short waisted.
@kroughy89: Who is the designer of your dress?? It looks beautiful on you.
Post # 16
@Tostones: Anything with rouching (I know I butchered the spelling of that word), but it’s very flattering. That’s what I think, anyway.