Post # 1
New to the bee (: I’m in search of a dress to fit my petite frame – short, thin, and lacking in the bust area. I’m in love with ball gowns but know that this may not suit me and I definitely can not pull off a strapless. I’m considering something like this…
I’m just worried that it’ll make me look like a child….
Other petites like me, please share what dress you wore/are planning to wear for your special day. thanks
Post # 3
I think we’d have to see it on you!
Post # 4
Have you tried on any dresses yet? A ballgown may overwhelm your small frame, but perhaps a full-ish A-line would work?
Post # 5
I’ll be wearing a gown by Ronald Joyce. They design some beautiful dresses with the wow factor but without the fuss and drama! One of my biggest issues when searching for my dress was overcoming the feeling of looking like a ‘cupcake’ as I called it.
Post # 6
@AlwaysSunny: I’ve tried on J.Crew’s Tulipe Bustier Gown and Mirabelle, as well as some simple gowns from BCBG. Though I prefer the ball gown style, the fitting of the bodice was all wrong – no strapless gowns for me 🙁
As for Mirabelle, I liked the idea of cap sleeves, but the dress didn’t seem bridal enough. That’s my dress journey so far.
Post # 7
@Digital_Geisha: Wow, those are all amazing. I especially love the middle two!
Post # 8
@Digital_Geisha: These dresses are amazing! I especially like the last one. Unfortunately, there are no bridal shops that carry this brand (or others, like Allure, Mori Lee, Maggie, etc). I’ve been shopping blindly online and have had no luck 🙁 I’m now planning on having something made, but not sure of a suitable style. Thanks for your suggestions!
Post # 9
I love the dress you posted, and would love to see it on you to really know!
Post # 10
If you love the ball gown look then go for it! I think petite brides look amazing in ballgown! (I consider myself petite and have 2 friends who are very petite and we’re all rocking the ball gown!) You definitely can too, so don’t give up on that dream. I don’t have any examples right now, just wanted to voice my support for what you like 🙂 You could always add cap sleeves or straps to a strapless ballgown too if you want!
Post # 11
I thought I would have the same problem! I am 5’0 and 110 lbs. I went with an a-line dress, with thin straps and a deep v-neck. I love the one you posted, but I too am always concerned about looking young, and I think the little flutter cap sleeves may have a hint of that. My gown is Amsale (got it at a sample sale), if you are interested in looking at her designs!
Post # 12
Theia has some beautiful slim ball-gown/A-line designs that, because of their modern lines, would be well suited for a petite frame (i.e. they’re not super big and poofy).
Here are a couple that aren’t strapless:
Besides bridal stores, the line is sold through major U.S. retailers like Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus, so perhaps you could find them online.
Post # 13
Is that first gown Christos? I am about 5’2″ and 110 lbs. I tried on a similar Christos. I was worried the ball gown would overwhelm me, but it was actually fine and looked really pretty! I ended up not liking the sleeves but the style looked nice on me.
Post # 14
@Miss Butterflies: If you’re having something made then the sky is your limit. Keep a collection of the dresses you like, note down what you like about each one and try to fuse something special together. If I were you I’d still try as many gowns on as I could just to get a feel for what suits your frame and size, that way you will be more confident when putting ideas to your dress maker. Good luck x x
Post # 15
Saw these dresses on the link below and thought of you. If you can’t get the dresses themselves then just jot down ideas and ideally save pictures to show whoever is making your dress x http://www.brides.com/wedding-dresses-style/wedding-dresses/2011/12/winter-wedding-dresses-fall-2012#slide=6
Post # 16
I’m rocking a ballgown and I’m 5’2″ 121lbs. I don’t think you need to avoid any silhouettes just because you’re small. As long as you’re confident wearing it, you’ll look amazing!