Post # 1
I’m a 5’0 extreme pear shaped soon to be bride. Our wedding is in January (possibly, hopefully) and I’m on a very very tight budget (under $200 for a dress). I’m so short with very very wide hips, but I’m only 90 lbs. I feel like I’ll never find a dress that’ll flatter my figure AND stay within budget (including alterations). I’ve even looked at non-traditional stores such as Jcrew, Macys, Nordstrom.. I just can’t find anything I love. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Well you will do better with a corset back because those are fairly adjustable. Have you tried any on or just looked online? Also consider used like oncewed.com, preownedweddingdresses.com and dressilyme. Those sites list the measurements of the dress too so it’ll be easier to find something.
Post # 4
@Josheen: Have you only looked at those stores/websites or have you tried on yet?
If you haven’t actually tried on, I would go to David’s bridal, not necessarily to pruchase, but to try on. They have a lot of different style dresses and, in my experience have pretty nice sales woman.
Try on a bunch of different styles to get an idea of what looks good. What you like, might not be what you pictured, but you can be pleasantly surprised. Case in point. My really good friend who is 4’11 with some major junk in her trunk, loves flowy, chiffon type dresses. She tried on a “flowy” gown and she said she will never get that picture our of her head. However, she tried on a structured ballgown and loved it and looked amazing in it. For the record, she did get her dress at David’s. But there are a lot of other places to try as well.
Post # 7
I think you need to try on
1. A ball gown flaring from the true waist
2. Drop waist ball gown
3. Mermaid or trumpet style
they are the main styles. I think you are mainly going to be focusing on the hip area and then once you have settled on what style looks good in that area you can decide what looks best for the top, for example high neck, sweetheart, cap sleeve. But as a pear myself I think you need to work out the hips first and foremost.
Post # 8
i’m a pear shape as well and found the natural waist ball gowns/alines and fit and flares suited me best. Fiance liked the mermaids best on me, but they were just sooooo uncomfortable. If your on a tight budget, try some of the replica companies or a sample sale if your going for a true wedding dress look. If not, try looking at prom dresses or even bridesmaids dresses. some of them are crazy over the top these days.
Post # 10
Most bridesmaid dresses come in white or ivory as well. I’ve known quite a few brides on a budget that have gone that route! They definitely have sfeels bit more fancy!
Post # 11
triple post! My phone hates me!