Post # 1
Bees, I’m so unsure of this … I need to get going ordering my dress. Wedding is in July. I started somewhat late because I was pregnant when he proposed, so didn’t fit into any dresses and then wanted to shed the baby pounds first without being absolutely horrified seeing me in a wedding dress for the first time.
Anyway, there are two styles that I really love: short front, back long or mermaid. I have tried on a few mermaids, but the one we didn’t like the dress (the style me and my friends did like), so took that dress off again quickly and didn’t have any experience walking, sitting in it. Then I tried one on when I went on a spontaneous dress shopping all by myself and again, didn’t know then yet that I was gonna end up with a mermaid and didn’t check thoroughly. When I went last time, telling the sales rep I wanted a mermaid, they didn’t have any. Well – one, and I tried it on and loved the style, but it was a size 6 and I’m a 12, so I couldn’t try anything with it, was just happy I got in haha. My mum and friends agreed that the style looks great on me and even the sales rep encouraged me to pursue this style knowing this meant I wasn’t going to purchase anything at her place.
I have decided to order with Dressilyme (I already ordered a “test gown” to see the quality, ended up liking the quality but not the dress so much, so sold it) so I can have all the details in it that I want.
Should I do this? I read so many posts here about mermaids being somewhat difficult to wear. I will wear this dress for a long time (putting it on at around noon, party ends at 2.30am) and there will be lots of dancing so I will need to move comfortably in it.
Adding a picture so you can see my shape in case that makes any difference in terms of assumed level of comfort 😉
Many thanks, bees!
Post # 2
Bump. Any suggestions from mermaid brides?
Post # 3
I’m not a mermaid bride but I tried a couple on. I hated how restrictive they were. I also have a similar shape to you and the slim A-Line looked so much better on me.
Post # 4
The good news is, with your curves I think you’d look fabulous! Mermaids look great on your body type. With that being said, my dress has a built in corset which looks awesome, but is restrictive. Though I can sit in it ok, I fear I’m going to have to take the whole thing off to pee. I definitely cannot pull the dress bottom up for that. If you’re going for looks (like me), go with mermaid. If your going for comfort or convinience, mermaid may not be the best choice. (BTW, I almost went with a hi-lo. They’re beautiful!)
Post # 5
I LOVE LOVE LOVE mermaids (have a tiny bit of dress regret about not buying one) but every bridal salon consultant and all my friends told me not to do it since I would be so uncomfortable all day. I went with a trumpet, which everyone said does the same thing for my shape as a mermaid would, but is much easier to walk in, etc. Your shape would also look great with a dropped waist or fit and flare – styles I can’t do since I am a pear and they just hit at the wrong spot. But with your tiny lower half, you would look amazing in somethign that flared from the hips.
Post # 6
I couldn’t even walk in mermaid gowns. I’m much more bottom heavy though, so perhaps it was just my shape (they were very unflattering on me), but they were also very uncomfortable. I didn’t want a lot of poof, so I ended up in a slim aline. They show off my curves without highlighting the size of my waist so much. Slim alines can be easily altered into a trumpet, which in my opinion is way more wearable and stylish than mermaids anyways.
Post # 7
Sorry, you guys, I’m just seeing this now. (Still need help adjusting to the new bee apparently…) But many thanks for your help!
Andthepupmakes3: I tried on A-line as well but while I liked them, I didn’t feel WOW in them … :-/
HDJacobson: Ugh, I wouldn’t have said it like that, but I guess yes, looks are more important to me in that case – I can still wear “convenient” the rest of my life lol. But as I understand it, it’s more about the corset than the mermaid per se for your dress?
lawyeretta: Ha, I’m marking this day red in my calendar as the first and last time anybody has ever called anything about me tiny lol! Yes, I think you’re right. I just called anything flaring out somewhere near the lower half mermaid, but I think I’m talking about a trumpet as well. So if this is much easier to walk / dance etc. in, I should be fine, yay.
mgbser: See my response above, I agree on the trumpet. So I think I’ll do that. (Now if course I still can’t really tell from pic to pic what’s a mermaid, a trumpet, a fit ‘n flare, a dropped waist, … ;))