(Closed) Are lace or embellished dresses more forgiving?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

First of all, that’s a lovely dress (esp. the illusion neckline). I like how uncomplicated it is.  


The heavier and more structured the fabric is, the more “forgiving” it is. Although embellishments can help hide a less-than-flattering fit, they can also work against you and enhance an uncomplimentary fit/shape/silhouette (or worse…create problems when there aren’t any).  


This gown looks like it might be the standard duchess satin, which is heavier and thus more forgiving than, say, silk charmeuse. However, I’m worried about how your chest will look with that straight bustline. Those tend to give bustier girls unflattering uniboob/monoboob looks that actually widen the look of the chest. If you do get this dress, you might see if it can be altered to a modified or full sweetheart.

Post # 4
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I love that dress too! I think it will look great on you.

Post # 5
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You have similar measurements to me!

I would switch up the neckline to be a modified sweetheart because a straight line across will result in your breasts looking larger (draw a straight line across anything and it will look larger).

Additionally, if you want to bring attention to your small waist, add a belt.  

Otherwise, I think this will be lovely!

ETA: I see you already have a sash!  I think it would go well here.


Post # 8
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m a pretty thin girl (100 lbs) and I recently went Bridesmaid or Best Man dress shopping for my cousin’s wedding.


I was surprised by one of the satin dresses I tried on- like I said, I’m a thin girl, but the shiny satin seemed to clink to me in the *wrong* places and create an unflattering figure that I don’t actually have.


I’ve tried other satin dresses that weren’t that bad, but I think it really depends on the cut of the dress rather than just the fabric.

Post # 9
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The dress is beautiful.  I was actually looking at one very similar to it.  But with any dress, you really have to try it on.  They often look so different in person.  As for lace being more forgiving, I don’t necessarily believe that.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED lace in pictures and on other brides, but didn’t like it so much on me.  I think it really depends on the cut of the dress and the lining.  I felt that heavier materials like satin often had more structure and hid imperfections a bit better.

Post # 10
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@jessyrez:  That is a big difference (and the straight neckline looks beautiful on you). The biggest difference is that your first dress has this amazing boning/darting that helped minimize your bust while still accentuating your shape. And with sweethearts, it’s all about the style. The one you posted is far too wide/rounded, so it’d be unflattering on almost anyone. If you do look at sweethearts, try ones with a narrower/tighter shape, more like this:


If there is a way you can try on this dress before ordering it, I would highly suggest doing so. If not, then maybe you can try on similar styles or dresses by the same designer (just to get a better feel of how your figure looks in this style). 

Post # 12
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d say they’re about the same level unless you mean very heavy beading. Lace dresses are obviously not just lace on their own. They have a base fabric underneath that really determines how forgiving the dress is overall. I tried on a lace dress that had lightweight slinky material as the base layer – it was cruel how unforgiving it was! If a heavier and more structured material is used, it smooths and hides more. BUT embellishments are more forgiving of wrinkles when you sit down ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 13
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@jessyrez:  You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ And by “try on this dress,” I meant the first dress you posted (sorry for my unclear wording). Good luck with the continued dress search. I hope you find the perfect dress that you absolutely love! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 14
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


I think it depends on the tyoe of satin used and the fit of the dress. If satin is too tight it has a tendency to pull and bunch over that area, and as its shiny it can show quite badly. 


As an example here is Halle Berry who obviously has an amazing body, wearing a dress hich does her no favours. Look at how the fabric is stretched across the hips.


Of course satin can look beautiful if you choose the right fabric and cut. Look at this dress and how the fabric flows – it looks like liquid. 


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