(Closed) Fellow hour glass figures- what type of dress most flattered you?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m another hourglass and I’m wearing a corseted, off-the shoulder ballgown. That and mermaid/fishtail/fit and flare dresses were what suited me best. If you’ve got the shape, play it up.

Possibly look into having your dress made and corsets (the proper ones, not the corset-laced backs) are your friends as much as they are for any bride. 

Post # 4
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  • Wedding: August 2011

I have an hour glass figure as well and I found that drop waist dresses with a full skirt looked best on me.  True mermaids were great as well although restricting in movement.  I loved the look of natural waist ball gowns but they didn’t do as much justice to my figure because they didn’t show off that small waist compared to the hips and boobs.

ETA: my dress had a zipper and buttons at the back but also had a corset built in which was AMAZING to further accentuate my curves. I highly recommend looking for a dress with a builtin corset or having one put it.  It wasn’t the kind with ties but rather many rows of bra hooks.

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: April 2012

@Meowkers: Good point that I missed out. Mine has a basque waist so it finishes just on the top of my hip at the front and a bit lower on the front in a point.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I LOVED my fit and flare gown … really accentuated my curves!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m hour glass and I picked a dropped waist a-line gown! I didn’t like the dropped waist gowns that had a line directly across my hips because I thought that cut me off in an unflattering way.  My old dress did that (dress regret) but the new one is much more flattering.  I think it depends on the girl, thought. 

Post # 10
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@Meowkers: I have an hour glass figure as well and I found that drop waist dresses with a full skirt looked best on me.

 

Same here and I ended up with a drop waist ball gown. It has a corset back which of course aides in flaunting my smaller waist.

While the slimmer cut/tigther dresses certainly accentuated my figure I felt like they almost drew too much attention to my hips etc and I just didn’t feel comfortable.

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: November 2012

eventhough you are hourglass shaped, it depends on your height.  short girls, like myself, cannot wear all dropped waist styles because they chop our bodies in half.  some styles are ok, you’ll have to investigate.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Meowkers: @jackndiane: Natural waists looked awful on me too! I love them on other girls, but it didn’t do justice for an hourglass figure.

I went for a ballgown, because I felt that they made my waist look tiny. But honestly other than natural waists, most shapes worked for me (fit and flair, mermaid) so I went with the look I wanted for my wedding day, which was princess ballgown.

Post # 13
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  • Wedding: April 2012

@jackndiane: If it’s fitted properly it shouldn’t be uncomfortable, just snug. I’ve sung the whole of Handel’s Messiah wearing a corset, so you can definitely breathe!

I mostly know UK corsetieres although I used to obsessively read Romantasy’s website for details about their corsets. (They’re based in San Francisco.)

In that photo I was wearing a corset that was laced down by 5″ and I’d just been swing dancing and doing the charleston for about half an hour.

Post # 15
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I actually bought a natural waist ballgown and I thought it looked better than the drop waists. Guess it’s just personal preference. I’m partial to vintage silhouettes though and I was going for a 1950s look.

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