Post # 1
In past dress shopping experiences, I could always find one dress that I loved in terms of style, but another which was much more flattering to my figure.
Exhibit A: Not very figure flattering dress I love
Oleg Cassini/ David’s Bridal; Style: CT326, Size 14-16?
This was the absolute 1st wedding dress I tried on, and I loved it– the sweetheart neckline, the pockets, the folds in the skirt, and the flower in the center. However, I do not love how it looks on me. Perhaps some heels and alterations would help? Although, that would not help the roundness of the skirt.
Exhibit B: Dress that flatters my figure, but that I do not love. I like it though.
Alfred Angelo, Style ??
I really love how slim this dress makes me look. But, I do not personally like the beading/ embroidery for myself. The salesperson picked it for me.
BTW– Does anyone know what Style this is? Or, if it’s A-line, fit n flare, or other?
I am planning to try on more dresses, and hopefully I can find one that fits both criteria! ^^; I want to try on the DB Galina dress. It’s somewhat similar to the Oleg Cassini (pockets, sweetheart, empire waist) but it might have a shot at being more flattering.
Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions? Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks for reading! 😀
Post # 3
I always have trouble with empire waists on dresses. I’m short, 5’1″, and an empire waist always gives me a pregnant belly look. I love the Oleg in pictures, but I knew right away it would be wrong for me. I don’t like the second dress (I can’t stand beading! Makes me itchy.), but the way it accentuates your waist is def. good.
I would look for something with a little longer bodice and some ruching or a sash type (doesn’t have to be a real sash, just something that gives that impression) thing at the waist to help show off your waist line.
Post # 4
I think one like the first one, that is more of a slim-line than an A-line gown may look better. Maybe the galina style is more of a slim-A-line. 🙂
Post # 5
We have really similar tastes in dresses! I think I can see what kind of general style you are looking at. Simple, modern, a little fuller skirt. I think rather than empire, which is going to make you look a little wider in the tummy, you should go for a natural waist or slightly dropped waist. Personally, I found that I like the natural waist better on me. I’m a dress size 12/14.
Both those David’s Bridal dresses have a higher waistline. By dropping the waist, it becomes more flattering and will give you a better figure.
I ended up with the same general style as you. Simple, modern, pockets, etc.
This is my dress, Allure 8771, ignore my embarassed face and the ill-fitting sample.
Others that I looked at that are similar in style.
Mori Lee Blu 4524
Maggie Sottero Racheal
Maggie Sottero Dawn
Mori Lee 6608
Essence of Australia D1103
Alfred Angelo 2119
Post # 6
@reinab505 Exactly. I’m about 5’2″ so I have the same problem. The Oleg Cassini is almost reminiscent of maternity wear O.O; I’m surprised the longer bodice worked for me. I thought it was going to cling to my stomach too much.
Thanks for the comment! 😀
Post # 7
I like the second one best on you because it is very flattering. I tried on the first one in the store and I fell in love with the dress, but it just wasn’t what I could see my self walking down the aisle in.
Post # 8
Yes! We definitely have similar taste! Thanks so much for posting those pictures. I love your dress on you! I’ve been wanting to try on the Mori Lee 6608 for awhile now. I tried on the Alfred Angelo 2119. It just didn’t flatter as well as the other.
Post # 9
I love the first dress. I think it would look better if it was full length and yes heels always help.
Post # 10
Ohhhh I have pocket envy….
There is something immensely cute about the first dress on you. You really stand out and look very unique, whereas the longer dress makes you look a bit like every other bride.
I’d suggest trying on the Allure that zippylef posted if possible. The floral detail is really cute and would suit you! If you can’t find the Allure, then go to town on all the dresses with a cute flower or ribbon detail at the waist. 🙂
Post # 11
Yeah, I think the first dress might be better if I tried a few different things like wearing heels, making it all one length, shortening it in the front, taking out some tulle to make the skirt slightly less full, etc.
I should try to lose some weight, too.
I prefer not to wear heels because I like being shorter than my fiance and I don’t feel comfortable in them. He’s only 2-3″ taller.
cliffette: Well, thank you. 🙂
I agree that the first dress is more unique. The salesperson at DB basically said (in a nicer way) that it’s more “trendy” and could look silly in a few years. She could be right, IDK.
I’m going to a dress shop today, and I know they carry Allure dresses, so I’ll try to post pictures when I get home later tonight.
Post # 12
I think you should consider looking for clean modern lines in a different shape from teh top one. I agree that the second dress is not ideal for someone who loves the first one, it is way too traditional and yes it is figure flattering but doesn’t really pop. I think the modified a-line or full a-line could really be a great shape for you in a more interesting variety of dress than the second on.
Post # 13
I love some of the dresses that zippylef posted, they look like they could be really flattering on you. Alterations will help too of course–sometimes it can be hard to get the true effect of the dress on you when it doesn’t fit at all.
Post # 14
@csvogt81: Yeah, the first dress probably would not work for a formal wedding. I’m having a pretty informal ceremony & reception in my dad’s backyard.
Post # 15
@pb and j: That’s true, alterations would make a difference. I saw a bride on Style Me Pretty wearing the dress for her wedding. She appears to be a curvier woman, and I think she wore it well.
Post # 16
Well, I went to try on a few dresses. They didn’t have the Mori Lee one 🙁 Also, they did not allow pictures, so I had to sneak some in the dressing room with my phone after the clips had already been taken off. I’m holding the dresses to my body with my elbows, lol.
This one had a nice sweetheart neckline & tulle skirt. It was nice, didn’t love it.
This one I really liked. Not the MOST flattering, but still flattering. I think this is the same dress as zippylef‘s
The last one I didn’t like, but was fairly flattering. Too much beading: