Help I'm short 5 2"..what style wedding dress will look the best??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wore the casablanca 1900 and found that it was good for my figure (5’2”)…but honestly, depending on your proportions, it’s hard to say what will suit you. You just need to try some gowns 🙂

Post # 4
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m 5’3″ and this is my dress:

Post # 5
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@flowermower:  It definitely depends on your proportions.  I am 5’2.5″ (grabbing the extra .5 inch!) but since I have an hourglass figure and long legs pretty much everything looked great.  I lose my height from having a very short torso so I tend to like dresses that make my torso look more proportionate.

Trying on dresses was pretty hilarious though because they aren’t hemmed so they can fit tall and short brides for fittings.  I had mounds of fabric pooled around my feet.  The only style I wasn’t wild about was the dropped waist because it made me look like I had super short legs and a pregnant belly (it just wasn’t flattering on my figure at all.)

My best piece of advice is just to go and try stuff on at a salon.  The ladies that work at those salons have experience and will know what dresses flatter your height and figure the best so they will make recommendations based on that experience.

I ended up in a dress with a natural waist sheath dress but I am having a beach wedding so I wanted something simply and flowy.

Post # 6
819 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m 5’1″ and went with something a little mermaid-ish (not completely mermaid, but close). I think short brides look better in something form-fitting and not ball gown because a ball gown would swallow us up!

Post # 7
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think with a small heel you won’t be short at all, and could probably pull off any style you want.   I know two girls under 5’0 who were recently married, and they both wore A-lines. 

Post # 8
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m 5’3″, and I liked drop waist A-lines on me.  I love big skirts on wedding dresses, but my mother thought that they overwhelmed me.  When trying on gowns, ask whether the designer offers a custom hollow to hem- depending on the style of the gown, it may be less expensive than having it hemmed. 

Post # 9
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m 5’3″ and I’ve always wanted a ballgown but was afraid I was too short.  When I tried this on, it didn’t even matter! Just get what you love and feel most comfortable in!


Post # 10
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am pushing 5’3 and ended up with a mermaid. I tried on all mermaids, and one A-line. I think depends on teh rest of your body proportions, and also teh vibe of your wedding. The A-line wasn’t as flattering on me, but if I was doing a beachy wedding I probably would have went with it.
Here’s my dress that ended up with:

Post # 11
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beachbride1216:  Haha, this exactly! I really wanted a mermaid and they just looked so awful on my (5’1″), but it does really depend on your weight/body composition/etc. I’m pretty petite, so I also got a natural waist flowy sheath.

Post # 12
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with the others– it totally depends on your proportions. I ended up with a fit and flare because my hips are slightly wider than my bust so mermaids weren’t as flattering. Just try on a bunch– and then post some pictures here!

Post # 13
1174 posts
Bumble bee

I’m 5’3″ and I am wearing the Pronovias Pergola… with FLATS! I surprisingly don’t look super short and wide like I had somewhat expected lol (Someone told me I had to go with mermaid/trumpets styles only because I am petite but I love my dress)

Post # 14
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 5’2″ and I surprisingly ended up with a lace mermaid.  I’m top heavy with almost no hips, but that dress sure made me look like I had hips!  I liked it because I didn’t feel swallowed up in it and it showed off this figure I didn’t know I had.  And I also wore flats!

I suggest keeping a very open mind and trying out several styles (including fabrics) and you might be surprised.  I never thought I would end up with a mermaid, but that was the style that looked best and made me look like I had a shape instead of being kind of rectangular.

Post # 15
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

5′ 2.5″ here and no curves, ended up with a mermaid and will be getting it taken in a bit as it is still too loose around the thigh area.

Post # 16
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I dont think it’s necessarily your height but your frame size. Are you more on the petite end? Do you have a larger chest or longer torso, longer legs? I think that dictates what looks better on you. 

I am five feet and I am pretty proportionate and I think everything looked right on me but I ended up choosing a tulle ballgown and dont feel it swallows me up at all. For me, it ended up being a personality fit. I tried on a beautiful jewel encrusted fitted mermaid and felt it was WAY too sophisticated for my goofy self. 

The tulle ball gown was light, airy and just perfect for me. 

You’d be suprised at what looks good on you, you just have to go and try things on. 

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