(Closed) Calling all petite brides

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What style of dress fit you the best?
    Ballroom/full A-line : (12 votes)
    17 %
    A-line : (14 votes)
    20 %
    Fit-to-flare : (26 votes)
    37 %
    Mermaid : (17 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 18
    23593 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I ended up buying a fit and flare gown, but I did try on A-line and ballgown. Here are a few of the dresses I tried on (I’m barely 5’1″ and was about 120 pounds at the time of trying on the dresses). I thought they all looked fine but really just didn’t do much for me personally. Here they are in no particular order:

    Here’s me in fit and flare, Adorae & the dress I did actually choose in the end:

    At the end of the day, you really should get yourself in those dresses to know what you prefer. I’ve seen plenty of petite girls look fabulous in all different kinds of fits! 😀  Best of luck to you, and happy shopping!

    Post # 19
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I voted fit and flare but there is no rule! I am about your size and did not want a ballroom gown because I believed it would swallow me up but I tried a few on and they looked great. My mother actually loved the poofy dresses on me. I ended up getting more of a fit and flare bc it had everything I wanted and honestly I did not feel comfortable hauling around a giant dress. I want to be comfortable and for me, I was worried a giant dress would knock things over! Everyone told me that’s crazy anyway. But seriously, get the dress you want! You might regret it if you don’t!

    Post # 20
    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m 5’0″ / 5’1″ and my dress is sort of trumpet-y I think. Standing on a pedastel without shoes though. I’m wearing 4″ shoes on the big day.

    Post # 21
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Carmabelle:  I went into the shop totally expecting 100% that I’d have to get an A-line because I’m little, and walked out with a ballgown!  I felt too amazing in such a full dress to pass it up.  My waist looks tiny in it, I feel so comfortable, etc.  Don’t narrow your choices yet – you’d be surprised!

    Post # 22
    5063 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My dress will be a short 50’s style. I’m not sure of the type of dress. I like short dresses that show my pins off.  I’m only 5ft! 

    Post # 24
    1720 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I’m 4′ 10″ and I had the same fears I think you just have to find the right ball gown/a line.  I have one and I don’t feel lost at all in my dress.

    Post # 25
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    5’3 115lb and I went with mermaid. All the styles I tried on were mermaid, except for one a-line.

    Post # 27
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I ended up with a fit-n-flare. I can’t find any pics, but ballgowns looked like drapery on me.

    Here’s the dress I picked (pre-fitting)

    And a few runner-ups that were fit-n-flare/mermaid….

    Post # 28
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Ok found one, this isn’t even really a ballgown but it looked awful so I stopped trying on anything with volume on the bottom. That said, it really depends on your body type! I think if I were bustier, I could have pulled it off.

    Post # 29
    38 posts

    Get what you love!  You know your body, and chances are you won’t fall in love with a dress that doesn’t look good on you!

    Post # 30
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Carmabelle:  I’m 5’3″ ish and I have wider shoulders than hips, more boobs than bum, and not a very defined waist.

    Surprisingly, I looked best in a mermaid gown.  Definitely not what I expected to like, but it flattered my curves the best.  It made me look like I actually had a shape, rather than looking more like a rectangle, or being swallowed up.

    Just make sure to go in with an open mind and try on all the shapes!  You might surprise yourself and love something totally different than what you thought.

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