Post # 1
I’ve booked my first appointment at a bridal salon to start my search for ‘the one’. Yaay!
I’ve been reading up on what to do before an appointment, like make a list of styles you like etc. A piece of advice I keep coming across is that you should dress for your body type. I’m a pear. I love my shoulders, back and have a nice stomach. But my thighs and calves are huge. But whatever- I love me!
There is a lot of advice online saying that, as ‘a pear’, I should wear an a-line, empire or ballgown- not a mermaid or sheath because it won’t suit my body shape. But really, are the wedding dress police going to catch me if I don’t follow the rules?
How many Bees out there said yes to the dress and no to dressing for your body type? What type of dress did you pick? Or did you stick to the recommended styles because you just found them to be more flattering? Did you stick to styles similar to what you usually wear? Or did you go for something totally new?
What was your experience like? <3
Post # 2
I tried on a variety of styles and picked what I felt was most comfortable and looked best on me. I was at odds with my mom beforehand as she wanted something more fitted (“if I had your figure”…) but she actually ended up picking out the winner, which was a flowy A-line that I felt amazing in! Funny enough the runner-up was a fitted mermaid dress.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
I have a classic hour glass figure, and I love wearing skater style skirts and dresses, so I knew going in that waist hugging A lines or fit and flares would work good on me. Sheaths and empire gowns just looked like I was wearing a sack, and I was down to a fit and flare or an A line. The A line won mostly because of the colour, but I like the extra volume in the skirt for some added drama too.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall
No. I am a firm believer (and yes, I sell wedding gowns LOL) that anyone can wear anything. There are only 3 rules I live by.
1. Get the right size.
2. Wear the correct foundations.
3. Have it altered properly if needed.
Doing this means that no matter what shape the garment is, it will fit you the way it was meant to. If you truly love what you are wearing and it reflects who you are and your personality, you will rock it.
As for me. I am also a pear. Did I get an A-line? Nope. I got a modified mermaid (kind of a sheath with godet flairs at the bottom). I think it flatters my hips in a good way to show off my curves 😉
(PS, this is the pic from when it came in. No alterations have been done yet)
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2016 - The Burgundy Basin
I went in looking for a mermaid because I wasnted to show off my hips and butt but ended up with a drop waist Ball gown I think? I’m not sure if it’s ‘for my body type’ but I love it all the same! Happy hunting for the one!
Post # 6
I really liked the styles of fit and flare or modified mermaid. I’m very thin but I have NO butt, hips, or thighs. I carry my weight in my mid section and from my hips down is teeny tiny. I knew trying to pull of a mermaid style would just look silly (and likely give me “saggy butt”). So I went with an A-line. I’m really happy with my choice because I didn’t need any alterations or shapewear and I won’t be self conscious about my pancake ass lol!
I think if you try on a style you love and you feel great in it, screw what everyone else says! It’s all about confidence and loving what you’re wearing. I big smile will make any dress look perfect
Post # 7
I don’t think I did! I would say my figure is somewhere between ‘boyish’ and ‘hourglass’. I’m not very curvy.
My recommended style was a ball gown but I just felt so overwhelmed and the dresses were so heavy!
I wanted a fit and flare dress so that’s what I got! 🙂
That being said, I would recommend trying a range of styles because you might find something you’ve not yet considered. Happy shopping! 🙂
Post # 8
I think it’s best to not read stuff like that. Go in with an open mind and try on different styles. I was certain I’d be in an a line and that I would not be one of those people who ended up with something completely different – and I totally ended up with a fit and flair! It looked amazing on me. With shapeware and the structure of dresses, you really should be open regardless of your shape! Have fun!
Post # 9
I don’t know if I ended up with the “best” dress for my body, but I ended up in the best dress for ME! 🙂 Some people thought a dress I tried on before my dress fit my body better, but I didn’t love it the way I loved my dress. I say do what makes you happiest! There isn’t a huge difference in style between the two, but I definitely had some friends who thought I should go with the other one.
This is the dress some people thought fit my body better:
And here is my dress!
Post # 10
I think I’m a pear/hourglass. My butt it’s large but i have a well defined waist and small chest. Definitely a pear. My dress is a ginormous mermaid gown. Love it! This is before alterations. I think you should try everything, and don’t rule out any style until you try it first.
Post # 11
I am pear shaped… yay hips (but ni boobs)! I knew that I didn’t want a ball gown, but rather something with a v-neck. Most of those were sheath, mermaid/trumpet or fit and flare. I rarely found any that were “a-line”.
The dess I found was somewhat tight in the hips when I tried it on, but it wasn’t bad… and that was the only thing that really needed to be done in alterations. I don’t think my hips stood out at all, so I think my dress was flattering in the end.
They’re there… but not as bad as I think it could have been. My flare started higher up, which I think helped.
Post # 12
I love my dress, but your dress is a dream. Is it stella york or essence of Australia? I saw one similiar at a Stella York shop where i bought my dress but it was out of my price range to try on so i didnt even dare!! Im sure i would have gone over budget if i did. You look so amazing in it!!
Post # 13
Thank you so much! You have a good eye, it’s Essense of Australia D1741. I actually wanted D1686 but when I saw my dress I instantly changed my mind.
I bet your dress is stunning, I just LOVE Stella York.
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
I don’t know if I quite qualify as a pear, but I’m definitely curvy (5’3 and size 12). My mom (oh so kindly) informed me that my dream of a trumpet was not going to come true if I didn’t lose weight, and I should wear an A-line. Once I got her into a store and I fell in love with a lace trumpet, she adored it (or she’s a very good actress).
So no, wear what YOU feel best in, and try on a variety of styles! I tried on one or two big ballgowns, several A-lines, a couple mermaids, and a lot of trumpet/fit and flare.
Post # 15
I’m a curvy girl, and I tried on everything from a mermaid to a full ballgown, and the one I went with is what I Would call a trumpet, but the designer lists as a modified a line. I’m a fairly hippy person, and I just loved the way it fit and made me look even curvier than usual.
The style guides will only tell you how to minimize emphasis on certain areas, but if it’s something you like showing off, then get whatever makes you happy! YOU are the one that’s going to be wearing your dress, not the people that dictate style from on high. So if you find yourself in a mermaid and loving it, then rock it! But absolutely definitely try on different silhouettes. I went in thinking a certain ballgown would be my winner, and it got cut in the first round.