(Closed) Anyone wearing/wore a ballgown?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I go with the huge dress?
    Yes, it will look fine. : (29 votes)
    81 %
    No, it will be too overwhelming. : (4 votes)
    11 %
    I understand Martha Stewart's reasoning and will explain below. : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Keep looking! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I am 5′ 1/2″ tall and am definately busty. I will be wearing a ballgown. I already have my gown. I just need to get the alterations done. I have only worn it for a couple of people and I saw the same thing as you online. The people that have seen me in it love it and I do too. I think that is all that matters. I don’t and they don’t think it will be to overpowering. It is just huge, especially since I will be wearing the fullest crinoline I could find under it. It is wider than I am tall when I sit, but it looks beautiful. I don’t have a picture of me in it, but I do have pictures of the model.


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    Post # 4
    558 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I am also busty, and I wore a PC Mary’s ball gown. See? Plus my gown had a cathedral length train, which I took off for this picture. I wear a 34D, and I felt like the big skirt balanced out my bigger chest, instead of making me look like Barbie.


    Post # 5
    433 posts
    Helper bee

    If you’ve tried on the dress and you loved how you look in it then I don’t see any problems. Keep in mind that you can always wear a less poofy crinoline underneath to decrease the volume a bit, and it doesn’t look like it would be too much trouble to shorten the skirt if it was too long without the poof underneath.

    But I say if It makes you feel beautiful then wear the dress you love! 

    Post # 6
    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    As a short gilr myself (5’1″) I think you should wear what you want to wear & the most important is what makes you feel amazing & beautiful!!!! We start second guessing ourselves when we get others opinions….Go forth & be ballgownie little one!


    Post # 8
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think the secret to a ballgown is a very fitted bodice.  It also helps if it is a more elongated bodice.  That seems to balance the skirt volume and which seems to be the case in all the pictures here.  I am 5′ tall and a 34Dirty Delete, this is probably one of the most flattering dresses I tried on.


    Post # 9
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Your wedding day is one of the few times you can actually wear a ballgown, so why not? As long as you love it, do it!

    Post # 10
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I tried that Marys dress on and LOVED it!  I am 5’3″ and 110.  The dress was very heavy and I can see how it could be overwhelming.  I went with a a ballgown that was not quite so heavy and fit my frame a bit better.  But if you love it then get it.  I think taking the train off would be perfect because it would be hard to bustle tulle and you wouldnt want to drag that huge train around all night. My ballgown does not have a train but I am contemplating adding a detachable one.

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