I am short. Don't they make dresses for shorties like me?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d be super worried about proportions as you’ve pointed out.  I guess it depends on the dress but I’m 5’2″ and most of the ones I tried on were way out of proportion and more than hemming would have been required to fix it.  Maybe pick a style where that’s not a big deal?  

Mum’s hairdresser was telling her about a wedding he & his husband had attended where the bride wore an expensive Vera Wang dress… but sadly it looked all wrong because it had merely been hemmed and the proportions were way off for her tiny frame, sounds like it was a mermaid or fishtail and the kick of the skirt started much lower than it should have because they simply hemmed rather than adjusting where it started.  

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Rain790:  It’s a bummer, isn’t it?!  The way I got around it was to get mine made to measure.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Rain790:  I am petite and am worrying about my dress (which has already been ordered) 🙁

Try to check out Maggie Sottero dresses, I was told they have dresses available in petite sizes!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m short too (shorter than you) and recommend going somewhere to at least try on some styles/designers you’re interested in to see what’s what, even if you end up ordering online.  For me, ballgown/a-line dresses fit me far better than more fitted styles because I didn’t have to worry about the proportions so much – just needed a foot cut off the bottom!

Post # 7
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Newbee

the best thing to do is buy a used dress from a fellow shorty. I’m 5 feet and got my dress hemmed and bustled for 5’5 (for shoes)… and I’m selling mine! I’m sure thre are plenty of used dresses for your height. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

Rain790:  No idea what your budget is but there are some stores that you can get less expensive gowns. As for other than hemming it depends on style. I am also 5’2 and ended up getting a dress with ruffles on the skirt – when it was ordered by the salon the manufacturer suggested that it would need to be shortened 5-8″ and that they should do it because otherwhise it would not be porportional (they are going to make the ruffles smaller). That was an additional $150.00 to do. Depending on what I decide when the dress comes in (height of shoe, crinolin or not) I may need to get it shortened even more. I will just caution you that some places that are the real bargain places won’t let you order a custom length. However, take a look at petite dresses (I would actually try them on to get an idea before ordering online to get an idea – because you may have a different issue than me since I am long torsoed and short legged). Hope that helps and good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee

Rain790:  i know what you mean! I’m 5 feet with a 32dd bust. I had about a foot of my dress cut off 🙂 attaching a picture– email me at fayemmet at gmail if you’re interested in chatting 😉

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Rain790:  Your petite hourglass figure looks great in all those dresses – but also difficult to find the proper sizing.  As another user mentioned, the proportions are definitely something to be careful about.  A dress made for a taller bride will have a longer torso, so bringing up the hem will not be enough.

Another thing to consider with the fit-n-flare silhouette is where the flare begins.  It should start at the top knuckle (the one where your fingernail is) to your finger tips, when you are standing with your hands straight down by your side.  Anything lower will make you look shorter.  For dresses made for taller brides, the flare will also begin lower, so make sure you check for that.

PM me if you want more info on tailoring, I got my gown custom designed bc I’m also petite and bc I couldn’t find a dress that had everything I wanted.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am short and I wore a sheath dress. I felt like it made me look at bit taller 🙂 Also, the simpler sillouette should give you more options when shopping online. Just a suggestion for what its worth!

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