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So, I just got engaged this week, and we’ve decided to get married in two months, in a simple, dinner party type ceremony/reception. I’ll spare all the details, but the thing I’m most stressing about currently is finding a dress in such a short amount of time. This is where I need your help.
Here’s what I’m looking for: Something simple, but elegant, and comfortable. I don’t want a real bridal gown necesarily, I find them too heavy and big and there’s not enough time for that anyways. The hard part is finding something flattering. I’m 5’2 and super hourglass. lol
Since the wedding is in February and it will be crazy cold where I live, I’m really leaning towards a “Kate Middleton reception outfit look”. I’ve already ordered a long sleeved, short cashmere bolero to wear with my dress.
I’ve seen a lot of dresses on J Crew’s website that interest me, but not sure which of their dresses would be most flattering for a petite girl with a 36C rack and curves. I would love to ehar some opinions on their dresses.
Also, does anyone have some suggestions of other department stores or places to look that’s comparible to J Crew? Just any place that might offer dresses that can be used for a bride…
I hope this makes sense. I’ll attach pictures soon of a couple gowns I’m looking at so you guys know the types I tend to like. Thanks so much for any suggestions!!!
Post # 3
Bridesmaid dresses (some of which are super elaborate, LOL) can often be ordered in white, and they come in much faster than bridal gowns. (They’re also MUCH cheaper, too, but many are still of very nice quality.) Check Alfred Angelo’s website, for instance, to see if you like any of their styles. Sounds like you’re well on your way to accessorizing, too!
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These are light, off the rack, and in your size. $200. I have bought dresses from this site before, they sell samples so you can get them right away.
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Here’s some pics of what I’m going for ladies:
The Kate Look I love:
The Sweater I’ve Bought Already:
Dresses I’ve considered:
Post # 6
Thanks for the help already! I’ll try both suggestions!
Post # 7
i second village_skeptic about bridesmaid dresses. here’s one of my favorites:
for department stores, you can check out saks, nordstrom, and ann taylor.
there are a few other options:
1. you can look into buying 2nd hand dresses from here and here.
2. many brands, such as Casablanca and Maggie Sottero, have a “destination” line which has dresses that are more simple. you can see if you can find floor samples of those dress.
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This one is from that same site, same price and is silk shantung so it will not be heavy.
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I love you guys! This is helping. When you’re petite and curvy, and having a small intimate cermony, you just don’t want a huge dress. Typically the more fabric, the bigger I look. But I also need to find something that accentuates a smaller waist and minimizes my hips. Some of these dresses are real possibilities.
Post # 13
The dress you love is available at Bloomingdale’s here. And from Lord and Taylor here.
Post # 14
I’ve always loved Kate’s reception dress. Sometimes, bridal stores/salons have dresses (samples) that they are willing to sell that day at a heavy discount. Also, I’m not sure what your budget is but Priscilla of Boston is going out of business and they are only open until Dec 31st, you may want to call one if you have it locally to see if they have anything to sell and it may be at an amazing discount.
I looked at Anthropology bridal dresses for you, but the price point is much higher. I was going to recommend Nordstrom & Lord & Taylor, but I see the pp’s did that for me already.
Last but not least, Davids Bridal made a replica of Kate’s reception dress, call around and see if they would sell you a sample or have one in stock to sell : )
Post # 15
ive got the jcrew sophia silk dress in a size 10 if you’d like to try it! i was gonna seel it for somewhere around 100$
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@Whitt1212: Have you looked into Ann Taylor’s wedding line? I always love how their petite stuff fits on me, though I never tried their wedding dresses.