Calling all petite brides

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What style of dress fit you the best?
    Ballroom/full A-line : (12 votes)
    17 %
    A-line : (14 votes)
    20 %
    Fit-to-flare : (26 votes)
    37 %
    Mermaid : (17 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    478 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m just under 5 feet.. I got a mermaid style dress.. But I’ve seen plenty of petite brides in ballroom type dresses.. Usually it looks fine!

    Post # 5
    2897 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i only tried on trumpet/mermaid dresses because that’s what i wanted. there is a possibility of getting swallowed up by too much dress, but as long as you stay away from the really big, poofy dresses, you’ll be fine.

    Post # 6
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    Even though I wore a soft mermaid, I noticed that while trying dresses on that A-lines flattered me the most height-wise because it emphasized the waist and lengthened the space below the waist with the continuous line. I have wide hips and short legs, and the mermaid definitely showed that off (I didn’t care, I liked the top of my dress most!)

    edit: I’m 5’2, ~120lb

    Post # 7
    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It really depends on your body type. Most shorter women look good in fitted dresses, simple dresses, but they can still rock a ball-gown (just maybe not a hugh poofy over-the-top one with a giant bow!)


    I am short and busty, so I did not want anything that added width to my body, and I wanted a defined waist. I went with a subtle fit-and-flare that had a beaded sash. 


    Post # 8
    2083 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Carmabelle:  I am 125 lbs and barely 5’4 and I tried on all kinds of different style dresses. I honestly think they all looked pretty good. I ended up with a trumpet gown though. 

    Post # 9
    2083 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Here are some different styles I tried for reference…

    The last one is the one I chose. A petite woman can rock any dress. 

    Post # 10
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The higher your heels, the fuller the dress – at least in my experience. 

    Here is my dress – I’m 5’2″ and weighed 113 pounds at the wedding. My heels were 5.75″ which made me basically 5’8″ in the dress.







    Post # 11
    2460 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m 5’3″, 107lbs, size 0 and I got a fit & flare. I’m top heavy hourglass


    Post # 12
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It depends on your body shape to be honest. My dress is a strapless sweetheart a-line…I am busty.
    eta: My dress isn’t a full a-line


    Post # 13
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @sillysillybee:  as soon as I saw the last dress I was like, “ohh! I hope she got that one!” Its stunning on you!!


    OP, I am 4’10”  and 90lbs and I ended up with an A-line… I don’t have a picture of me in it, but here is the dress..


    I think you can definitely get away with some a-line/ballgowns, just maybe not all of them. I tried on one ballgown that made me look like a cupcake, it was absolutely ridiculous and really cumbersome to deal with. But there were a couple of other ballgowns that I actually really liked. With the one I got I think the fact that the top is so delicate helps to keep me from getting lost. Its a-line, but its not too full and theres not a lot of fabric, if that makes sense?

    Try on a bunch of different styles and see what you like! As you can see from the PPs you can look great in any style even if you’re short 🙂

    Post # 14
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Carmabelle:  I’m 5’3”, 113ish lbs, size 0/2 and I have a sheath style/fit and flare dress.  I tried on a variety of dresses, from A-Line to Mermaid (no ballgowns as they’re just not my style) and I felt best in the sheath styles and fit and flares.  It really depends on what makes you feel beautiful though.  Try on a little bit of EVERYTHING, you never know what will make you feel best 🙂

    Post # 15
    281 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Carmabelle:  I am 5’3″ and about 115…I have always wanted a ball gown and this is the dress I chose, size doesn’t matter!


    Post # 16
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m 5″0 about 120 lbs or less (think I was 112 during the wedding) and I wore a drop waist ballgown:

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