Post # 1
I’ve narrowed it down to these two, a Badgley Mischka lace number, and the Essere one-shoulder with bow detail. I’m hourglass, 5’4, 32D and aiming to be around 115-120 lb by the time the wedding rolls around. They are similarly priced, and I can see myself wearing both after the wedding.
Badgley Mischka ‘Calla Lily’
Pros – super romantic, I love lace, and the bell skirt reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar’s Dior which I adored. I could add a blingy/floral sash, and maybe a tulle petticoat to puff out the skirt more.
Cons – I’ve never worn a drop waisted dress before. Will it make me look short?
Essere ‘Afternoon Social’
Pros – I love the bow detail down the front (would prefer if they were rosettes, but close enough), 50’s New Look type silhouettes suit me.
Cons – Length is guaranteed to be awkward (model is 5’10), maybe too prissy.
Post # 3
I like the first one. Very elegant and cute. The second screams bridesmaids dress to me, not bride. And the shoulder bow stuff is very heavy.
Post # 4
@peonyinparis: i prefer the badgley mischka lace. very cute!! i think you could minimize the effect of the dropped waist making you look short if you ensure that the hem is well above your knee, and you wear shoes that will elongate your legs. 🙂 the second dress is cute as well but i think that it’s a tad busy. i also think it’s a smidge too long.
Post # 5
i very strongly prefer the 2nd one. its so beautiful and classy!
as for the 1st one- i dislike dropped waist on anyone- and i’m especially confused by a dropped waist dress that is knee length. it just doesn’t look right to me. and i don’t like the spacing of the holes in the lace. it kind of appears shabby chic- but the design of the dress is more modern. really, its just confusing.
Post # 6
I love the first one, it’s so cute!. The second one I don’t really care for at all.
Post # 7
We have similar body types. Sorry to say that type of drop waist looks terrible on me. If you have a longish torso like me, it will make your legs look short. Also the “waist” would hit at the widest part of the hips, which makes my hips look too wide personally. If you try the first dress, make sure you’re able to return it and find something else in time if necessary.
Are you open to other options? What are your guidelines? I’m at work so I’m shopping on the DL, but here are a few of the first cute ones I found:
Margarina – Diane von Furstenberg
Casual lace dress – Band of Outsiders
More formal lacier dress – Collette
Catie – J Crew
Post # 8
Sorry but I don’t like either. They look like dresses that wouldn’t be very flattering as they don’t even flatter the models in the pictures. I think you could find something better!
Post # 9
I said #1 (I think it’ll do a much better job of showing off your fantastic figure).
Suggestions to keep the dress from making you look ~short~:
- measure yourself from your natural waist and see where 23″ hits (that’s how long dress #1’s measurement is) and then measure down to 29″ (that’s where dress #2 hits)
- wear heels/wedges to elongate your legs (I’m sure you already have a fabulous pair in the mix, judging by those hot heels in your avatar)
- add a tiny crinoline/tutu to add volume to the skirt and shorten the hem (if you look closely, you can see that even the model is wearing one! Plus it also serves to emphasize the dropped waist)
- if worse comes to worst, then you can hem the dress (like chateau2013 so wisely pointed out, keep the hem above the knee to add height/length to your legs)
As for dress #2, it’s a cute dress, but I think the shoulder embellishments might minimize your figure a bit. Also, it would likely hit way too low, making your legs look stubby and you look ill-proportioned. Boo! Even with adding a crinoline, it might look something like this (when awkward lengths happen to good people):
Post # 10
I think engagment photo dresses should be something fun and playful and something that reflects you. These would both be fine for rehearsal dinner dresses but I think they are a little boring for an enagagement shoot.
Where are you taking your engagment pictures at?
I did mine in San Francisco and originally wanted a dress similar to the ones you posted above, then i said screw it im going to have fun with it…and i ended up with this…
Post # 11
I like #2. It’s so different than your lace wedding dress and it could always be hemmed. #1 could end up hitting you in the wrong spot. I’m like a giant version of your body shape (5’9, hourglass, 36DD) and slightly dropped waists look good on me, but its awkward once it creeps onto my hips.
Honestly, when I think about your photos, everything will look good on you, its just a matter of what will look better
Post # 12
@ThreeMeers: Thanks, I never considered BMs in white but that’s actually a nice idea!
@chateau2013: How’s your dress dilemma going, has the ML arrived yet? I think if I got the second dress, I’d have to chop the length quite a bit.
@September29: Thanks for your thoughts…I do think the dropped waist style would be better in a more structured fabric, in some of the photos the lace looks a bit wilted.
@HeatherMM: Thanks 🙂
@4cube: I love your suggestions! I don’t really have guidelines, I was just browsing BHLDN and they happened to have a sale. I actually found a red lace Issa dress that’s very similar to that Collette you posted, but they sold out before I pulled the trigger.
@Holly77: Thanks for being honest! I think both dresses potentially have the awkward length going on.
@MlleFabuleux: I was hoping you’d respond! I’ll measure myself today and try and envision how #1 would look on me. With #2, i would definitely alter the length and maybe stick in a crinoline to accentuate the silhouette. And oh, poor Penny from BBT – that was such an unfortunate dress! I just think tea length (hers is even longer) is soo unflattering on most people.
@kellyroseemerick: I love your engagement photos! We live in Beijing at the moment so we’re going to try and get ours done at the Summer Palance, maybe even a wild section of the Great Wall. Nothing I wear is going to be in sync with the background, but I didn’t want to do the typical Chinese qipao dress engagement shoot they do here.
@BooRadley: Aww, I’m glad someone likes #2. By the way I snapped up a couple more Debra Moreland headpieces last night – and one was a tiara. It’s a downward spiral, this obsession with all things beautiful and bridal…
Sorry to spam you guys, but I found another option – this cute Erin Fetherston brocade jacket & dress combo. It wouldn’t be as short on me as it appears on the model.
Post # 13
@peonyinparis: Haha you’re actually one of my favorites on here and I love your sense of style (I know, I’m a creeper :P).
I absolutely adore that brocade dress because I’m a huge sucker for brocade. I think the natural-waist cut would be especially flattering to your figure, and the jacket adds a touch of vintage/retro flair (though the jacket might hit you lower on your torso, so that also might be something to consider). Also, I like the short length! It’s fun and flirty (like kellyroseemerick‘s adorable ensemble above).
I think measuring is the key, especially if you’re a petite person. That way you can best decide which dress to go with. Honestly, I think you can pull off any one of the looks you posted here, but the Fetherston brocade is my new favorite.
Do you have a certain look you’re going for with either your engagement photos/RD? Determining that might also help you narrow down your choices.
Post # 14
@peonyinparis: #3! The brocade, the v-neck, natural waist, cute jacket…love it.
Post # 15
@peonyinparis: i think the latest option is really cute! go for it
Post # 16
@peonyinparis: Yes! Love that silhouette, and the adorbs jacket. I would wear that jacket everywhere, haha.