(Closed) full figured gals and tea-length wedding dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m kind of curious about this, too. I’ve read warnings against tea length not based on size but on height. I’m 5’3″ and read that shorter girls tend to look, well, even shorter with that length. That said, I have tried one on and don’t know that I agree.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Tea length is a very ood length, if you ask me. The ideal length for a more full figured woman would be just below the knee, while most of the “tea length” dresses I’ve seen go more like mid-calf, which I don’t think is a flattering place at ALL. If a curvier girl were to do tea-length, I woud suggest an asymmetrical hem.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just got back from the bridal store yesterday and ordered my petticoat for my dress.  One of the things the girl at the shop said is not to go too poofie because you will get shorter.  To demonstrait, she put the fullest petticoat on me and sure enough I went from 5’5 to about 5’2 in looks.

Now, on the flip side I wear petticoats with knee length skirts and corsets on a regular basis.  For some reason those don’t make me look shorter.  So it may be only the longer dresses?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m short, like, really short – 5’1ish, super curvy and I’m wearing a tea length dress. I’m wearing heels – but nothing crazy as my fella isn’t all that tall either. I don’t think it’s so much that a tea length dress will make you look shorter, I think it’s where your dress ends. I think pharmy is right, the most flattering place for your dress to stop is just below your knee, which is where i’m having mine stop because essentially you’re displaying the thickest part of your leg if you stop mid-calf.

However, I have to say that some full length dresses are just as likely to make you look shorter than you are too. Personally, having chosen a tea length dress, I can’t imagine wearing a full length one now! With regards to length and poofiness its one of those things you just have to try on to know if it’s going to work on not.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’d perhaps consider a full skirt just not in tulle or that kind of fabric. The skirt on my dress is full but made from silk dupion so it’s not fluffy and floaty but still full and girly. I’m having petticoats made to puff up the skirt so it’ll have a nice amount of volume but it’ll be more contained than it would with a full tulle skirt. PS your venue sounds amazing!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a size 18 and my original wedding dress was tea length, i though i loved it but when i tried it on again when i got it home i felt like i was making my 1st communion…no likey! I promptly cried and cried and we returned it for a long dress and i couldnt be happier!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m wearing a tea length dress, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I am short – just over five feet tall- but since my FI is 6 feet tall, I’m going to look short no matter what I wear! As a bonus, the shorter dress will show off my fabulous red patent heels, and I won’t have to spend a fortune to get the dress hemmed. It does hit at lower calf for me, so it’s not at that awkward mid calf length.  I say if you love it, go for it.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am also really short and pleasantly plum…I will love to wear a tea length dress…I am going to be married by church and I have a problem wearing a tea length dress…for anyone that is still looking a fab  dress check out this website: stephaine james.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it can look very vintage-y sexy when done right – “hourgalss” full figured ladies rock these styles! – but you HAVE to commit to AWESOME (re: as high as you can stand) heels to offset the sweetness and elongate your shape AND be confident in your choice.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I work a tea length dress, but I had it made because I couldn’t find anything that I liked in the stores.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am doing a tea length dress just below my knee and it has an asymmetrical bodice. I’m 5’3″ and a street size 14/16 (all on my stomach and hips, I have a smaller chest). I haven’t gotten to try it on yet, but I’ve found that asymmetrical bodices are the only ones that look flattering for both my chest and stomach, plus I felt that full-length dresses made me look like I was drowning. I tried on a LOT to get an idea of what looked okay on me, I think that’s the only way. I was careful to request that the dress be just below my knee, so technically some people may say it’s knee length.

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