What type of dress should i be looking for?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

purrrbaby:  march but where? March in Australia is different from March in Alaska. I’m a similar body type and went with a long lace strapless sheath for an outdoor May wedding in CA wine country

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

purrrbaby:  The best way to tell is to go try on a bunch of different styles of dresses. And if you always wanted to wear a ballgown, then go for it!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

howtobeawife:  +1 What she said!  I’m around a 6, but I’m a 32F (UK cup size; I think that’s a G or H in US sizing) and I found that most wedding gowns have a hell of an understructure that will work with many body types.

Just don’t try expect anything with an empire waist to fit correctly and you’ll be fine.  You don’t need sleeves, unless you were really set on the idea of a sheath dress, which may not have as much of an understructure.  But you really won’t know for sure unless you TRY.  And keep in mind that seamstresses can really work wonders.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

purrrbaby:  That’s why you shell out for alterations 😉

Seriously, it doesn’t look straight on the sides (at least for me). It actually fit me like a glove and enhanced my curves in a surprisingly flattering way. I did go with a younger, more contemporary designer so it’s more of an ethereal look and less of a heavy vintage lace look. Chiffon could work — it would just depend on what your bridesmaids are wearing. 

Depending on how tall you are, you might want to look into Nicole Miller — her sheaths have a fishtail train so it’s great for balancing your curves. She does a lot in silk with a bit of spandex at ~ $700-$800 which looks amazing on and is essentially a blank slate — a lace bolero can add a keyhole back + give you some additional coverage, for example. And that price for silk is a great one. I decided against the Nicole Miller because my dress just felt much more like me from the start. Less customization needed, but it also means that my options for customization is limited. 

I’m less than 5 ft tall, so a ballgown would have been ridiculous on me anyhow. The best thing is to just try on LOTS of dresses and note how you look and feel!

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