(Closed) Dress hell!!! Tips…

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@byrdi:  I’m petite like you and found that the mermaid dress did not flatter me very much. I really like Kitty Chen, Essence of Australia, and Watters. I think a ball gown or drop-waist ballgown will probably flatter you the most.

Post # 4
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391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m the same height (5’0″) and ballgowns were just too much fabric. I do think you should stay away from mermaids though.

My dress is a trumpet, which is really tight around my waist and butt area and then flows out gradually. I think A-lines also work well for petite brides, but that won’t emphasize your butt like you want. 

Post # 5
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391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wanted to add that I just looked at the brands that Blush carries. Definitely check out Hayley Paige. She has a really pretty trumpety/mermaidy dress that I almost bought, it’s called Cricket (prettier in person than in the stock photo). I tried on a lot of Tara Keely dresses and none worked on me.  

Post # 8
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2855 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Given that you are both petite and curvy I would suggest a fit and flare, one that is figure-hugging and has features (such as rouching in the right places) that emphasise your curves.

I would also look for something with a fairly simple silhouette and that doesn’t have any features (like distinct horizontal waistlines or extra poofiness) that might cut you in two and make you look shorter. Vertical features would be good, and straps may also help to make you look taller, but only if they lengthen the line of your dress (off the shoulder straps would be no good, and really thin spaghetti straps probably won’t help either).

A-lines would be good for making you look taller, but as the PP said, they won’t do anything for your butt.

Someone mentioned Essence of Australia, so I’ll post some of theirs:

(lace straps are removable on this one, spaghetti straps underneath)

 

Stella York (part of Essence of Australia)

(strap is removable)

Sophia Tolli:

Mori Lee

WToo

Post # 10
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2855 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@byrdi:  You won’t have any problems finding those in CA – they’re all major designers. Around about 20 different stores for Essence/Stella York, too many to count for Sophia Tolli and Watters, and Mori Lee is everywhere.

I saw in your other posts that you were interested in convertible dresses and those you can dance in. Martina Liana has one that’s a bit like that, if your budget can stretch that far:

 

And this one is sort of convertible:

As is this Stella York one:

Post # 11
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668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@byrdi:  Try going to the websites for the designers you like and searching for local shops. That’s how I found my Essence of Australia dress and the tiny little “boutique” in the middle of some random business park! You would never even know they had wedding gowns from the outside, but I kinda loved that. You don’t have to get swallowed up by a huge bridal store. Not that those are bad, just saying there are plenty of options out there.

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