modest, simple, vintage, long sleeve ballgown for petite bride – opinions?

posted 2 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Shinytoy :  Honestly I love this look! Its great super chic and classy. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

 

Shinytoy :  As for your questions. 

I dont think its bland or boring

I dont think it will overwhelm your figure but can you try it on, or even just any ballgown type dress just to see how the shape looks on you?

Gloves would be lovely.

If you wanted to be a little fancy with the veil you could do a mantilla veil to match the lace on your dress. Or if you wanted to go very classic you could do a long cathedral length veil.

You can alway hem the dress so you dont trip.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I don’t have any suggestions for your questions as I am not fashion savvy but I just want to say I think your dress is absolutely gorgeous 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I love it. I prefer this type of dress to most of what’s popular now. But I would think about hemming the sleeves to 3/4 length, and I’d plan on wearing heels to elongate the silhouette a bit. I’d think that good alterations would fix any other issues. As a fellow petite -I think we can wear most styles, but good fit is everything. If this is a vintage dress and it’s more than several sizes too large and not designed for someone of a similar build, you may have difficutly because the fit of areas like the shoulders are especially important. If the waist is too big, no problem, but if the shoulders are too big, your seamstress will have a much harder time. Can you try this dress on? 

If you can’t find exactly what you want in a dress, you could also try doing bridal separates. This maxi is lovely:

http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-wedding-dresses/iva-crepe-maxi/productoptionids/fbcaeb8b-b90b-4e9a-9313-32da085940dd

And this look is also very pretty: 

http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-wedding-dresses/marino-bodysuit-amora-skirt

 

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Sugar bee

I think it looks amazing!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Shinytoy :  I’ve typically only seen gloves with either a short or 3/4 sleeve before, but I don’t think it would look weird.

I think with such a traditional gown you could really do whatever you like in terms of a veil; something fingertip length with a ribbon hem would look lovely. 

veil_1

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love the dresses in your inspo pics and think those would be perfect for a petite bride such as yourself (I was a petite bride too). The inspo pic dresses are A-line, which I think works well for a petite bride. The other dress pic you posted is not an A-line and I feel like I’d have to see it on to know if it would overwhelm your small frame or not. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

 i don’t think it looks boring either.. but I agree with the above post…. it would be nice to see the dress on you to see if it’s overwhelming to a petite figure or not. Looks like there’s a whole lotta material in that skirt. the dress itself is a classic, and certainly not boring.

Unrelated but….I’m not religious  and was not married in a church, but I still prefer this look over some of the see thru lingerie-looking dresses I’ve seen out there

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I love this dress! It’s not plain at all. I would pair this with an intricate lace-trimmed veil since not many other dress types can pull this intricate veil off without looking too busy. Mantilla veils are quite nice with this look. That or a plain sheer veil is also nice.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I like your inspiration pics. I think those styles would work well on a small framed person and don’t look Mormon. The dress you posted looks more “Mormon” to me. If that’s a look you’re trying to stay away from, I’d look for a more fitted dress.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

You’ve got a couple of inches on me, and I’ve worn much bigger skirts and not been overwhelmed by them.  Just be sure to stand up straight!

lace veil bride | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Does this picture come through?  Here’s one type of veil to consider.

1960s bridal gowns | by dovima2010 at Flickr

Or another, if you did decide to shorten the sleeves to wear gloves.  (Not that I’m saying to do the wacky hat on the left–unless you really want too–but the fly-away short veil that draws attention to the tight waist and fitted bodice)

The big thing with a dress of the style you’re looking at – it will look amazing and not at all dull if the bodice fits correctly.  You can’t have the bodice be too long.  If it’s too big, you can’t just have it taken in, you have to have it taken up.  Have a neat natural waist and it will be stunning and incredibly flattering.  If you don’t, if the waist hits too low or too high with this style, it will be messy and it will make you look shorter.  Trust me.  I’ve been there.  Oh, how I have been there.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Shinytoy :  I don’t have any pictures saved, but I’ve seen a few while browsing those veil type articles. I remember seeing some really nice ones on etsy. You can check there!

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