(Closed) Cutesy vs VaVaVoom

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7553 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

That dress is lovely but I could see how it could be too cute for the look you’re going for. I think it’s because of the poof. Have you thought about something more slim fitting? 

Post # 4
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Tellemonster:  I think trying on a few dresses would be the best way to go. 

 I love the fashions from the 50’s and 60’s and I think those styles would look amazing at your Casual Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding.

You can be classy and VaVa Voom all at the same time in the right dress.

Think Jackie O Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly; Elegant and VaVa Voom!

Post # 5
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Tellemonster:  First & Foremost… as I see you are NEW to WBee… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Short Dresses are always appropriate for a Backyard Wedding… and Tea Length for a Garden or Vintage Theme.

The dress you have linked to is GORGEOUS.

But like all Wedding things… it has to be seen in person, tried on, etc…

Because a Wedding is such an emotional event… and everyone has different visions & feelings about the day, it is hard to plan from afar with just photos

You really & truly have to TRY THINGS ON TO SEE HOW THEY WILL WORK.

If you cannot do that with this dress (say it has to be custom made) then the next best thing is to at least go out and try on something similar in regards to shape, style, etc.

Hope this helps,


Post # 8
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Love the 2nd dress.

Post # 9
2842 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Tellemonster:  There’s no reason why tea length should always equal cutesy. If you pick a plunging meckline it can look very sophisticated – think Marilyn Monroe.

I think you’d look good in something like these:


Unique Vintage

Silver sixpence (Australian designer)

French Knot Couture

Dolly Couture

Honeypie Boutique



Post # 10
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think you could definitely make tea length work, and depending on the style I think tea length can be cutesy or vavavoom. but i agree with others that you really have to try on a dress to know how it will look on you and how you’ll feel in it. so i would encourage you to only buy something that you can try on (or at least limit yourself to dresses where you have tried on something very similar).

Post # 11
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Tellemonster:  WOW, I LOVE IT. I suppose it is a little bit cutesy but I looooove it. I think you could va va voom it up with some stilettos, and do more sophisticated hair and makeup. That would create a really nice balance of cutesy/va va voom.

Post # 12
11268 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Tellemonster:  that dress is gorgeous.  i can see why you love it. 

the fullness of the skirt definitely makes it cutesy (think shirley temple) but i think there are ways to make it sexy too. 

i would change solid (under) part of the dress to a deep v or sweetheart neckline and keep the lace the same.  you can also make the back lower/deeper so that your back is covered in just lace.  this would make the dress modestly sexy.

would you consider having a coloured crinoline?  that could really bring out some personality too.

Post # 13
3669 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Tellemonster:  I felt like I was a good mixture of cute and vavavoom on my wedding day 🙂

I am 19 and have a ridiculous baby face! This is what I looked like the day of: 

Post # 14
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think that dress is “too cutesy” at all! Is it cute? Of course! But your wedding is one day where you can be as awesomely girly as you want to be, and I think that dress is perfect!

Definitely try it on!

Post # 15
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t think that dress is “cutesy” at all.  It’s really pretty.  I would personally take out about half of the petticoat that’s making the skirt puff up so much.

Post # 16
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I love the dress you picked out! I don’t really see it as cutesy; I see it as vintage and unique. And you can glam it up with heels, lipstick, and hairstyle. Great choice!

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