(Closed) Dress ideas – pear shaped

posted 6 years ago in Dress
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Worker bee

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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lucyinthesku2015:  

Well you won’t really know what you like until you start trying on, so don’t be afraid to try different styles and be open to what you thought you might not like. 

I am also pear shape, except I am taller, and I always thought I wanted fitted. I work at a bridal shop and for fun one day I tried on a mermaid gown. I HATED it, all I could see were my hips. I realized that I wouldn’t want to be thinking about my hips all day during my wedding. I tried on a soft a-line and loved how it sort of camofluaged my hips. 

However like I said you won’t know what you will like until you try some different styles on.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am pear shaped. My dress is a size 10 and I am 5’6″ But I reccomend mermaid for sure. I also would recommend trying at least one of every style to see what you like best. Mermaid definitely if you are wanting to show off your curves, it is very figure flattering..  A-line or ballgown if you are wanting to hide your hips

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Busy bee

I’m a pear size 14 and only 5″5 and I went with a trumpet style. I agree that you should try on a bunch of different styles though as I found out that A LOT of different styles suited my figure

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’m taller (5’9″) bridal size 14 (street size 12) and pear shaped and I went with a corseted sheath dress. It’s the best of both worlds: curve-skimming but not drawing too much attention to my hip/thigh/butt area.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think mermaid would REALLY draw attention to your hips. I think A-line, ball gown, or empire would really be good for you. Empire would add the illusion of height for you as well. My ceremony gown is a ball gown, and my reception gown is a sheath which some people say doesn’t look good on a pear-shaped because they sort of hug the hips. What I’m doing with the sheath is adding lace and beading to the bodice and wearing a high ballerina bun, this draws the attention up away from my hips and adds some height to me. I’m not short, but a little height never hurt anyone (unless you’re just really tall).

If it were me, I’d stay away from mermaids. Seems like they draw too much attention to the lower half of the body and make you look bottom heavy. Though there may be some out there that can work. I recommend trying on all styles, and especially try on a-lines, ball gowns, and empires. Trumpets are like a softer mermaid in my opinion and could be more flattering. I loved trumpets when I was deciding on choosing my dress and almost went with a trumpet.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m a size 8/10 and went with a fit and flare style dress, but a mermaid was my runner up. I also had a ballgown that looked amazing on me. Once you try on dresses you’ll start to see which ones work best with your body type, etc. Everyone is so different. Good luck!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

If you’re a slight pear, you can get away with a mermaid but if you have super wide hips, that would be a no-no IMO. That’s okay though because we can rock the next best thing, the fit n flare.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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lucyinthesku2015:  I’m also a pear. Size 8, but very curvy. I wanted a ball gown and thought it might minimize attention to my hips, but once I tried on ball gowns, I hated them on me. I looked like a piñata πŸ™‚ 

I also loved how sleek sheaths looked, but it hugged my curves a litttleee too much. I tried on a mermaid (which I was so sure I did NOT want), and LOVED it. Hugs me in all the right places, but more forgiving than a sleek Jenny Packham type gown. Good luck, try all kinds of styles on, and you’ll realize what you love πŸ™‚

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Buzzing bee

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lucyinthesku2015:  A-line dresses are great for women with larger hips. Try looking at some tea length dresses that have petticoats under them. It doesn’t matter how big your hips are in a dress like that.

OR if you want a long dress, try on some ballgowns.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m 5’2 and wear size 8 pants and weigh in around 130.  I’m mostly hips and I’ve found that being short and wide makes it difficult to find something that flatters me.  I stayed with slim dresses, anything large made me look like a child.  Mermaid was a bit too tight for me, a little more Kardashian than I’d prefer.  Trumpet and sheath looked pretty good though!  A-line is a winner, but it depends on how puffy the skirt is.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m an 8 typically, and very pear! I went with an a-line…almost universally flattering πŸ™‚

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

 

I am a tall short waisted pear. Lol. So I found this drop waisted ball gown that really made me look proportioned. Lol. I didn’t have the right slip under. That’s why it’s “deflated” lol

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