Gowns for Small-Chested Brides

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

I believe sweetheart and crumb catcher necklines may give the illusion of more going on, halter necks can also help a modest bust and an empire line dress can give a lovely romantic look. In any case sewn in cups (with a bit of a boost) are probably your friend. Straps can help balance narrow shoulders with larger hips/thighs. If you have big thighs and are self conscious choose something that flares higher up (A-line, ball gown, empire…). 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Taiki.
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

kelsie5388:  I’m not small breasted or even petite, but from the experience of reading about other Bees on here, I think that having small boobs actually increases the range of dresses you can wear rather than reduces them – especially as a lot of high end designers design for girls without major curves or boobs. Girls with really big boobs don’t have as many options.

As the PP said, sweetheart or crumb catcher necklines are good options. So are high necks, bateau necks, off-the-shoulder and one-shoulder. If you have bigger hips, adding some width at the neckline, such as wide straps, can help balance that out.  But you can also wear really plunging v-necks or cowl necks that would look indecent on girls with big boobs. 

There are loads of threads here for petite Bees:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/short-brides-let-me-see-those-dresses-53-under/#axzz3DGqUI5Rs

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/short-brides/#axzz3DGqUI5Rs

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/short-brides-1/#axzz3DGqUI5Rs

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/hey-short-brides-lets-see-your-wedding-dresses/#axzz3DGqUI5Rs

Generally, while rules aren’t everything, a-lines are a good option for short brides.

Within the range of a-lines there are ones that are slim and more like sheaths…

… to ones with a lot of fullness that are basically ball-gowns.

There are also variations of where the waistline is and how tight the dress is at the upper hip.

 

I would bet that at least one of those styles is probably going to work for you, even if it’s not what you ultimately choose.

Other options are trumpets, like this.

 

If you want a fitted dresses, these tend to be what petite girls go for as opposed to really poofy mermaids. 

Other than that, it’s a bit hard to say without knowing more about your body or seeing dresses on you, A lot depends on the size of your waist compared to your hips, whether you’re short waisted, long waisted etc. Maybe even the shape of your hips and thighs. You just won’t know until you try them.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

kelsie5388:  Hi I am short with small chest and larger hips too!(I have lost some weight recently, whoo hoo!) Im going to be wearing a swetheart ball gown. Sorry dont have a pic – my dress is vintage and needs alterations, but the top part will be a copy of this corset:

 

I am not going to use padding, the corset has some boning that kinda gives some extra shape and I am totally fine with being natutally small and feel no need to ‘fill up’. lol

 

The second best option is Empire style dress ( I actually had one, and although it was all lacey and ethereal, and is creating nice ‘shelf’ for the bust, my soul is just screaming for a ball gown  – I love the swishy skirts!)

What you need to do is try on a few fashion dresses just to see what siluette is more flatterng on your body.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I too have no boobs and bigger thighs. This is me in my dress: 

I naturally gravitated towards nipped in waists, mild sweetheart necklines, big skirts and shaped busts 🙂

 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

kelsie5388:  Backless gowns! Smaller busted brides totally have this option! I’d love to be able wear a backless gown, but I almost require a forklift to hold my girls up 

Use your smaller bust as an asset! These gowns have the WOW factor with low backs:

One of my fav dresses ever!

 

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Demi-chan:  I love your dress. The picture with the hawk(falcon?) is awesomw. What a great pic!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Bridey77:  forklift boobs! I hear ya!

P.S. That dress is stunning!

Post # 9
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Worker bee

The best for me have been sweetheart necklines and deep-v’s. The sweetheart makes me look like I have more curves than I do. A v-neck looks glamorous without being too sexy, but I’m sure it’d be too sexy if I had cleavage.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

kelsie5388:  From my expereice shopping, it was all about the desginer. I tried on very similiar fits (mermaid), but some looked ridculous because of the huge cups that some designers use. I found that Nicole Miller and Maggie Sotero really made bust sizes reasonable for my small chest. Other designers made it look like I had some work done! One saleswoman tried to talk me into a dress I loved, but had huge cups that would be fitted so they wouldn’t gape, but I would still be swimming unerneath. She insisted that’s how all dresses were. Definitely not true! You will find one that does fit. I’ve had friends who look like they’ve grown 2 cup sizes on their wedding day…and to be honest it looks so unnatural to me.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have no chest and fuller hips/thighs and my dress is Fabienne by Wtoo

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I also have a smaller chest. The dress I will be wearing is a sweetheart neckline with boning (which you can have altered as you like). It will also have cups sewn in. It also has an A line skirt which for you should be perfect if you’re self conscious about your thighs.

This is the sample I tried on WITHOUT any cups and few sizes too big.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Demi-chan:  Amazing pictures, you look gorgeous and the dress suits you so perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

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