(Closed) Bridal gowns for the vertically challenged (petite)

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@laceydoilies: Maggie Sottero and Alfred Angelo have the option of ordering the dress 3 inches shorter. They told me that the shorter dresses are pattern changes, so it’s not just 3 inches off of the bottom. The dress is 3 inches shorter proportionally.

Post # 4
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Even if designers don’t offer petite sizes, many offer “hollow to hem” which means that when you order you dress they measure your length, saving you $ on alterations.

Post # 5
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I got my gown at Alfred Angelo with the short option. With my 4 inche heels, my dress is perfect. No hemming needed at all. Allure also offers hollow to hem so make sure you bring your shoes or the shoe height you will be wearing and that should work just as well too. 

Post # 6
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Davids Bridal also has certain dresses that come in regular and petite. I have the same problem though, I am only 4’11 but also a size 12, so I can never get a good sense of the dresses I try on because everything is so damn long! Even when you do a routine google search for petite wedding dresses nothing much turns up. Good Luck!

Post # 7
384 posts
Helper bee

I ordered mine from davinci and they do hem to hollow… I’m 4’11”

Post # 8
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Replying to follow this post since I am also a petite bride. 🙂 

Post # 9
10711 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Commenting to follow. I am having a tough time with this, I’m obsessed with not ending up with a too long midsection!

Post # 10
88 posts
Worker bee

I am petite and I will have my Maggie dress made 5″ shorter by the designer. they will do 3″ shorter at no cost, and 5″ shorter for a small charge (cost depends on the dress, mine is lace and it’s $40). I felt like th $40 was well worth it since i won’t be relying on a seamstress which could cost me hundreds with the lace. 

Post # 12
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@laceydoilies:  I’m not sure about petite lines specifically. However, I’m 5’2″ and I can tell you out of all the dresses I tried on, Kitty Chen, Watters, Wtoo, and Modern Trousseau were the best fit for me. Kitty Chen and Watters are both Asian designers. I’m not sure if they design gowns on the small side for that reason but most of their gowns were flattering on me. I’m pretty much straight up down, as well, 33, 26, 33. Modern Trousseau is a bit more expensive but they’ll custom make the gown to you and they are made out of Charleston, SC.

Mermaid gowns did not work on me at all as much as I wanted one too. I also found that gowns with a lot of pattern or ruffles didn’t flatter me much either. You’ll likely find that trumpet, fit to flare, and ballgown suit you the most.

Good luck! Let us know what you end up with!

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