(Closed) Did you dress for your 'body type'?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

I kinda did indirectly, like I ended up choosing my dress because it looked the best on me, not because I thought it was the prettiest looking dress. It was a pretty easy decision though because (spoiler alert: I’m a huge weirdo) I really don’t like trumpet/mermaid dresses… so that narrowed my choices down 😛

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

I have got to say that in my case, mermaids and sheaths were definitely no go’s. My hips and thighs are like 1-2 sizes bigger than my top so I would’ve looked some type of weird vase. I would’ve liked sheaths more if it weren’t for the fact that they kinda tended to showcase my small shelf butt. I didn’t try mermaids because I’ve read about how hard they were to move in and I very much intend to be on the dance floor the entire night. I will say that I looked great in trumpets and fit n flares though. In the end, I decided to go with a ball gown (the complete opposite of what I thought I’d buy).

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I don’t know. I’m a petite hourglass: 35, 23, 34.5 and I went with a sheath, but had a sash around my waist. I didn’t want any ruffles or train, and my dress was the only one I really liked, so I bought it. I never tried on any other dresses, so it’s possible a different style would have been more flattering.

 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yep, I’m a pear with “good birthing hips” (as my mother liked to say) and I went with an a-line because it is what looks best on me.  I tried on a variety of styles, and thought I looked completely ridiculous inthe  non-a-lline dresses (the ball gown was okay, but huge, and totally not my style).  My v-neck, a-line dress makes my waist look small and helps keep my hips in proportion.  I totally think everyone should dress for their shape, but I know that many disagree with me.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

happyaprilbride:  I think I did dress for my body type. I’m no stunning model and carry extra weight for sure! Especially in my butt and thighs! I ended up with a dropped waist (I think?) corset gown. Got the jacket for my arms, though they’re getting better as I’m really trying to work them into shape! I would suggest trying on all different kinds of things though. I put the dreaded mermaid on as well! Though it would never be something I’d consider…it wasn’t as awful as I’d imagined it would be!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire, UK

I agree with PPs that you should try every shape and style on, that’s the only way you’ll know what looks good on you!

I’m an average height (5’5″ ish) pear shape and I was told that an A line dress would be my best bet… A line dresses were in fact very flattering on me, BUT I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of other shapes looked great on me too! I actually ended up ordering a Mori Lee mermaid dress (2713), which on paper should be a big no no for pear shapes! I’ve always felt self conscious of my wide hips and would always choose a skater style skirt over a body con fit, but the deep sweetheart neckline of the dress really flatters (ie boosts!) my small bust and seems to balance out my shape into more of an hourglass shape – which I think is just awesome! I feel amazing in my dress and that’s why I chose it! Good luck with your dress hunt and be sure to keep us updated! 🙂

Post # 38
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Worker bee

happyaprilbride:  in my experience, go with what the consultant suggests, at least to try on! They can usually tell what will look good by looking at you. Just be open minded. I don’t think they will want to put you in a gown that is unflattering just to make a sale, when they can name the same sale in something that looks amazing! You will surprised by what you like, I know I was! 

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Not really.  I’m an hourglass (37″ – 27″ – 36″) and so I’m supposed to wear a fit and flare.  I did think that’s what I wanted, but in the end I went with an A-line (which is supposedly for pears).  MEH I DON’T CARE.

I also think I look way better in this silhouette than any other.

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Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m definitely a pear, and I chose a mermaid, because I liked it best. I liked A-lines, ball gowns I found super overwhelming. 

 

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Also wanted to mention, I told the consultant that I had no idea what I wanted so to bring me one of everything to start. 

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I am a tall bride (6′) and somewhat of a pear shape. I usually wear a size 10 pants and medium top and normally go for knee length A-line dresses off the rack. I went in wanting to buy a really flowy dress but they were extremely unflattering as you can see in the first image. I liked how A-lines looked but they didn’t feel “special” enough to me and I really felt like the added fabric in the long dresses made me look HUGE. I ended up with a trumpet dress that I would normally NEVER wear. I really believe you have to try on the styles before you choose. 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I was a little worried about finding a dress because I am short and curvy, but that really wasn’t an issue at all. I went into it really open minded, tried on several different styles, and they all looked good. I really think that as long as the dress fits properly and you’re happy with it you shouldn’t worry about what’s “supposed” to look good on you. I definitely think you should just try on whatever you want. 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

After trying on MANY dresses I think you have to go with your gut and pick whatever speaks to you and ignore any silly rules. I’m petite 5’2, with a pretty average build, and I found that the most flattering dresses were very structured modified mermaids – anything with beading or ruching on the bodice. They looked great but felt too constricting for me!

Here’s a pic of a structured dress:

Flattering, but too much for me!

Here’s what I ended up with:

Thats the sample. Yes it will need alterations and yes I will have to work out what to wear for foundation garments (it’s a light silk satin and shows everything) but it felt right and that’s what matters!

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Likely not, but I don’t exactly dress every day for my body type all the time either. I wear what I like and want, and I don’t care if it looks like on me what society tells me it should look like.

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