Dress Silhouette

posted 1 year ago in Dress
  • poll: Which dress silhouette?
    Ball gown because when else will I get to wear one? : (21 votes)
    60 %
    Mermaid because if you got it, flaunt it! : (12 votes)
    34 %
    Other? : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Do you have any photos of you in the dresses? What is the style/venue of your wedding? With no info personally I am team ballgown but that is a personal preference. 

    Post # 4
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    6851 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    Maybe I’m weird, but the ballgown silhouette strikes me as far more “timeless” than a mermaid gown. And I’m all about the classy over sexy for weddings.

    Post # 5
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    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - A historic Art Deco and French Renaissance Theatre

    Ballgowns are definitely a lot more to handle in the bathroom BUT I found I was not able to move well in most mermaids. I couldn’t sit and I struggled just to step up on the platform. Even though I loved the silhouette I didn’t want to be miserable all night. So I ended up going with a sheath dress that I had modified into more of a mermaid shape. I’m very happy with the outcome! Another piece of advice is that they are making some dresses with material that has some stretch to it. I’m not sure where you’re from or what designers are available to you bee but it may be something to look into! Let us know what you go with! 🙂 And when you try the dresses on at the salon definitely make sure you try to sit and move around in them and see how you feel!

    Post # 6
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    839 posts
    Busy bee

    Personally – I’d find a new dress shop! Not allowed to take pictures? That’s ridiculous. I get they are trying to prevent ‘shopping around’, but everyone does it anyway. You need pictures so you can refer to them later, get second opinions etc. If I had to choose one, I’d pick ball gown. But a picture for reference would have helped!

    Post # 10
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    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - A historic Art Deco and French Renaissance Theatre

    I think that’d be a great idea and really help you out in your decision! 

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    Post # 11
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    Worker bee

    The ballgown is timeless! Go with a lightweight one that isn’t as poofy with a short train or none so you’ll be able to do everything without much help. If you’re going for a mermaid try to get one that doesn’t restrict your movements at the knees, I tried a couple on that looked great but was difficult to move in. 

    Post # 12
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    924 posts
    Busy bee

    Mermaids are definitely not timeless. I absolutely associate then with weddings from the 2010s. I wore more of a ballgown type so maybe this is my personal bias, but I generally think mermaids are pretty unflattering on most people, including the brides who think they look amazing in them. Plus they look uncomfortable!

    Post # 13
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    303 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: London

    So i had (and am reoccurringly having) a similar issue. 

    I always thought i would want something sleek and fitted like a mermaid or sheath, bu i have ended up with a bit of an A line/Ballgown (feels ballgowny to me becuase its more puffy than an aline) 

    Anyway, i actually found myself the owner of one of each, and after much back and forth i settled on the Ballgown for the following reasons: 

    – Suited my shape better, while i am slim im athletic, so i had no waist and slim fitting dresses accentuated that. 

    – Its so much easier to sit, move, dance, and just have fun in. 

    – I figured theres very few other times i can wear a dress as dramatic, wheras most general evening gowns are more form fitting, mermaid sheath type.

    I know its different for everyone, but i figured ill be able to feel more free and can enjoy the festivies of the wedding in a more ballgowm style dress. 

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2019 - City, State

    Good advice was finding another shop where pictures are allowed. I’m dress hunting as well and i can say for sure that mirrors lie. You should see yourself from the side like others will see you. And making side-by-side collage will solve your problem much faster.

    As for me i vite for the ball. Because it’s something girls want from the childhood and why not make that come true?

    Post # 15
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    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    We’re eloping to Italy and I chose a lace mermaid. Will look great against the ruins. For me it was easier to pack for travel and I’m quite petite and my butt is one of my flattering physique features so I went with it. Ballgowns cna be overwhelming on petite brides so I skipped those. I disagree and don’t think that  silhouette is going anywhere but that just my opinion. In the end wear what makes you feel beautiful and bridal!

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