Dress suggestions for a PETITE frame.

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@simplicitea:  David’s Bridal has a petite section – what do you think about illusion necklines? 

I think these are pretty and wouldn’t overwhelm a small frame. 

Post # 4
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1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@simplicitea:  I dont think there is one particular style that is most flattering on petite woman. I think that simple, less poof, minimal detail work and taking notice of where the waistline falls on the dress are the key components for petite brides. Anything that is overly patterned (like very super prominant lace patterns or heavy all over beadwork) will totally swallow you up. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@simplicitea

The main thing to avoid is anything that splits you in two such as a really poofy skirt or a mermaid dress that flares out dramatically. The ideal dresses for looking taller have a subtle, kind of flowy silhouette such as a-line, trumpet or sheath.

You may actually be able to wear a ballgown but it’s possible that more a-line ballgrowns instead of poofy ones will look better. Empire lines are also good. Also look for details such as pleats, draping or gathering that create vertical lines as they also help you look taller. 

Illusion necklines would be good too – particuarly v-neck alines as they elongate your torso. Other options would be a halter-neck with a deep v. You can wear quite plunging necklines that would look indecent on more busty brides, too.

And small busted brides with delicate features are some of the few brides who look great in spaghetti straps. 

Here are some fairly random suggestions. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m 5’4″ 105 lbs and I wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n flare and got a ton of compliments. If you have a great tailor, it should not be slipping down all night! I had cups sewn in so I didn’t wear a bra and didn’t have to worry about it showing. A few people told me my boobs looked big too haha! 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@simplicitea:  Aww thanks! Enjoy dress shopping, it is soooo fun!!! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@simplicitea:  It sounds like we have a similar build- I’m 5’3, 115lb, and 34A. I am going strapless, and while the dress will certainly need to be taken in, I agree with PP that a good tailor will make sure it stays up. I plan on adding some cups/ getting a thickly padded bra etc., so I can make myself fit the dress rather than the dress fit me.

Good luck.. and show us what you end up choosing!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@simplicitea:  No problems. The third-last one is Tara Keely TK2532 in case you’re wondering. I believe her dresses are around the $1500 mark.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m 5’4 103 lbs and I’m wearing tea length!  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@simplicitea:  I think just about all of the dresses I posted would be in the sub $2k range apart from a couple of the lace halter dresses. I think there are some Hayley Page dresses around that mark, but some are more expensive.

Sadly, Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone would be more like $5k, but I think their styles are so popular now that we’re starting to other designers make dresses similar to theirs but at lower prices. Like about half of Maggie Sottero’s recent collection – a few of which I posted above. 

 

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