(Closed) Any petite (short) and “full figured” brides out there…

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No suggestions, just in the same boat. I am five foot too! Mermaid styles look ridiculous on me and the poofy dresses make me look like a cupcake.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

A number of years ago I worked in a plus sized clothing store and I worked with ladies of all heights.  One look that is particularly flattering on a woman of petite stature is an empire waisted dress with a skirt that flares a little without being poofy.  It can take experimentation with the style to find a dress where the neckline is flattering, the right amount for the neckine to dip down or cover varies a lot based on your bust, shoulders, and neck.

I’d also suggest trying on several different styles because occasionally something will surprise you.  Look for a compassionate clerk who cares about how you look and not just a commission.  The right clerk can be really helpful.  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Try a fit and flare… That’s what I wore when I got married. I wore a size 14 and I’m 5’0″.  The only thing I wish had been different about my dress, is I wish it would have had cap sleeves, because I think cap sleeves give the illusion of height. I think strapless gowns make short women look shorter.

Here’s a link to my recap with pictures of me in my gown:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/married-yesterday-pro-pics-today/page/2#post-1819054

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

5’3″, and street size 12/14 (sometimes 16), here.

I have yet to go dress shopping, but I’m looking forward to it (nervously). I tried dress shopping about a year ago when I was a size 24, and it wasn’t pleasant.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Tostones:  Thank you!  I’m very proud of my shawl, because I made it myself!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m about 5’1″ and this dress is a 10.  my other wedding dress is a 12 so i’m around a size 10/12. i’m bigger up top and have minimal hips so a fitted dress with a flared bottom helped minimize my top. i also have a very short torso.

post a picture of your self and i’ll see if i can help you pick a dress style.  when you say petite and full-figured, it depends on where you carry your weight.  i have a friend who is petite, tiny up top through the waist but carries her weight through her hips and thighs so when she was picking dresses for me, she picked out styles that would work for her but only emphasized my broader upper half.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m 5’1″ and a street size 12/14 and wear a 36Dirty Delete. I actually have a very long torso and short legs so the dresses made for short girls don’t sit right on me. I really don’t know what I want or what looks nice. sigh..

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did okay. I’m about the same size, although a little taller (5’4), and I picked an a-line dress. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yay, I am not alone, I am shorter than all of you at 4’10” my wedding dress is an 18 (I normally wear a 14/16 ish depending on brand) and have a 36ff chest, however I found a dress that suits me, I think this style is flattering to fuller figured women but apparently to short people too 😀 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Tostones: I’m 4’11 and totally rocked a ball gown. I even put a huge slip underneath!!

(Of course, I was wearing 4″ heels b/c my Darling Husband is 6’4.)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m 5’0 and usually about a size 12 (working hard to loose some weight though).

Most of the dresses I have tried that have been flattering on me so far have been a-line dresses with some ruching over my stomach (helps hide it). Similar in style to the dress kroughy89 posted.

It really depends a lot on your build also. Like you I’m short waisted.

@kroughy89: Who is the designer of your dress?? It looks beautiful on you.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Tostones: Anything with rouching (I know I butchered the spelling of that word), but it’s very flattering. That’s what I think, anyway.

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