Post # 1
Hi all, totally needing some help in deciding on which dress I should get for my wedding. It takes a month for customization, so, I am still in time…. *i think*
So, I am only 5ft tall, and will be wearing 3.5 inches heels for the wedding. 106lbs at the moment (and eagerly trying to tone up), with measurements 32″; 25″, 36″. Yes, I know, bottom heavy.
But anyway, I am debating between these dresses:
(1) Vintage Lace Dress with 3/4 sleeves
(2) Vintage backless
I love this one but am concerned about whether the fully covered high neck front will look too weird…
(3) Lace dress with straps
I am leaning more on (1) and (3) at the moment since I rarely wear anything as backless as (2). My main concern now is whether it will be hard to carry them off with my wide hips and shortness.
Thanks a lot BEES!!
Post # 3
I voted for dress three. I think all the lace on dress 1 could look heavy/overwhelm your frame.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
You should check out some of the petite bride threads, we shorties wear all sorts of dresses!!
Post # 5
I like dress #3 – very pretty
Dress #1 looks a lot like a nightgown to me and I’m not a fan of the high neckline on dress #2
Post # 6
All are gorgeous but I am really loving dress # 1!!
Post # 7
@tuesdaychild: i think #3 would go best with your small frame and height. i think the others have too much material and will swallow you alive!! lol
Post # 8
I just love three, who is the designer? FYI it is similiar to the dress I have lol
Post # 9
I like #3 best! Have you tried similar styles on? Actually putting the dresses on might make your decision easy! Because they each have a major feature that could work well with your body or go terribly wrong LOL
Post # 10
@tuesdaychild: I love dress #3. It looks great on you!!
Post # 11
#3! You have any pics of you in the dress?
Post # 12
#3! But I like all of them.
I really love #1 also, but it appears to be tighter on the hips than #3, and that might be a problem if you are self-conscious about your hips.
I like #2 as well, including the high neck. but I think the style might be better for someone less curvy than you are.
ETA: It would still probably help if you had photos of yourself in the dresses. Since these dresses are all sheaths/slim fit and flares there is a danger with all of them that they’ll emphasise your hips. Not that you have really big hips, but you seem to think you do. You might find you need to wear something a bit less fitted on the hips (i.e. slim a-line) to de-emphasise that part.
ETA #2: All three choices are excellent for someone petite, so don’t worry about that.
Post # 13
Thanks a lot for the kind comments and advice! Yes, I am super concious about my hips, and originally thought of going for a ball gown to conceal them. But somehow, given my petite size and character, that is the shape that everyone expects me to go for. And while it gives me the princessy feel, I felt like a 5 year old kid trying to dress up all princesy. LOL! And so, I decided to sell my original gown and try to find something more fitted. Plus my reception gown is a blush full skirted gown.
So, for my main dress, I am thinking more of something more fitted (like mermaid or fit and flair), but my hips bother me a little. I will post some photos up later. 🙂
But for now, I was wondering, does a belt help to balance out a mermaid gown more? Or sleeves? I tried to pull an a-line dress (sweetheart neckline) back and it looks a little off balanced, like my hips are much wider than the top of my dress. So, was wondering if a belt will help balance it more?
But I will try to hunt for photos in a bit (my computer is badly organizd) and load them!
Once again, THANKS SO MUCH ladies
Post # 14
3. lace dress with straps feels more modern but still elegant.
Post # 15
I like the first one the best. I think as long as the lace on the sleeves is delicate, it won’t overwhelm your frame. Or, is it possible to get it customized with cap sleeves or just straps? Sounds like you’re getting the dress made custom?
The first dress looked like more of an A-line or a more subtle/gradual fit and flare. The third dress is also beautiful, but it looks like more of a dramatic shape, which may accentuate your curves a little more and you mentioned that you were a bit self conscious about that. (Although, that being said, your measurements are tiny!)
I think a belt would accentuate your waist and make it look tinier. Not sure about the impact that would have on your hips, though. If I were you, I would go visit some bridal salons and try on dresses in similar styles to see how all look on you. That would give you a better idea. You never really know how these dresses look on you until you try them on!
I’ve got a similar build to you. Petite, but I’ve got larger hips and a bottom 🙂 I totally know what you mean about the ballgowns making you feel like a 5-year-old playing dress up. Also, I tried on similar gowns to the second one and it was just way too much going on with the closed front. I love the way those dresses looked in pictures, but it just didn’t work out on me.
Post # 16
As a fellow bottom-heavy short girl, I gotta say that straps and a plunging v-neckline really elongate the body. I didn’t even wear heels on my wedding day, but had a v-neck gown and I looked more narrow than usual. (Especially in photos)
Another argument for #3 is that you’re having the wedding in July, and it just looks so much lighter and summery than the other dresses. My summer wedding dress was 100% lace and I kind of wish I’d chosen something less heavy.
But as always – go with the one that makes you feel like a beauty queen. 🙂