Odd Body Type? What Dress Did You Select?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am straight like a ruler (I think they call my shape a “banana”) and not particularly thin – it’s the worst of both worlds!  I’m not curvy AND not skinny.  I am, however, narrow, like my waist size sounds small but since my hips/bust size are, too, I just look shapeless.  I’m a little flabbity flabby flab and there’s not much definition between my waist and hip or bust measurements.  I went with a ballgown that is very tight on top and quite a lot of bustles under the skirt for a poof factor.  It really creates an hourglass figure for me and makes me look like a miniature person – the waistline hits me at the smallest spot and totally hides my chubby tum 🙂  It might be a good idea for your friend to balance out her broad shoulders, but I think the best option for her is to try on one of EVERYTHING before developing an opinion about the best shape of dress!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmmm, well, I wouldn’t say my body type is odd, but I’m also short and slim with broad shoulders. I have an athletic, boyish build and small boobs. I was 100% sure I did NOT want strapless. I chose a one-shoulder dress with a belted waist, soft flowy fabric, small train. My mom helped me pick it out, it was Priscilla of Boston Mallorca. I loved it. Good luck to your friend! I googled it and here’s a pic:

@ClassicCorvette:  

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@208bride:  I had basically the same problem! I used to see myself as an hour glass (but I used to weigh a lot more, too) but when I tried on dresses we realized I really COULD NOT rock the fit n flare/ mermaid styles because I just looked wide and curveless in them!  Ultimately picked an A-Line dress with corset and satin band above the waist because it was the one that best created the illusion of curves AND a small waist!   

 

For your entertainment; a particularly unflattering dress. 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Andthepupmakes3:  Haha!  The same thing happened to me!  I’m not chunky, but holy cow the mermaid styles were nooooooooooooot cute because I had no curves to show off ….

Here are some of my hilarious ones (also my friend takes pictures from the worst angle imaginable)

But the absolute worst ….. drumroll, please ….. THE DROPPED EMBELLISHED WAIST OK BRB WHILE I DEEP THROAT A CHAINSAW

AND HERE IS MY DRESS!!

but we are adding a blingy belt 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@208bride:  Your dress looks so amazing on you!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@208bride:  love the dress you picked!  Here’s mine…we’re adding straps to cut down the shoulders even further.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m not sure about the shape, but if I had broad shoulders and a straight figure, I would look for a dress that has a gorgeous back detail! Unfortunately, I need support so I couldn’t buy a dress with a detailed back. I ended up with a fit and flare 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It sounds like your friend would look great in an Aline or ball gown – it will balance out the width of her shoulders and create a waist. Aline might be better if short as a ball gown might swallow her. Adding a sash at the waist help add definition too. 

 

 

 208bride above is the perfect example – look how amazing she looks in that Aline!

 

 

I’ve got fairly broad shoulders too, and I’ve got an Aline dress, but I’ve also committed a bit of a no-no by going for a bateau neckline which is supposed to broaden shoulders – hopefully the skirt balances it out (There will be a bit more poof once I get a crinoline)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I figured since I have bigger butt and thighs but have a small top that mermaids would look AWFUL on me so I stayed away from them for the first round of dress fittings until the woman helping us made me try one on.  Turns out it flatters me the most!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@skippydarling:  I don’t get it when bridal mags advise against mermaids for pear shapes – think you need a bit of a booty to pull off one of those dresses. They always advise getting an Aline to hide the bottom/hips – I think that you should show it off!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@208bride:  I think I have told you this before, but I ADORE your dress!! So beautiful.

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