(Closed) Full skirts really a no-no for petites?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hello and welcome.

I am a petite bride; just barely 5′ 1″. I am wearing a full skirt and everyone that I have showed it to has told me it looks awesome on me.

It is an Justin Alexander 8137.




Post # 4
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I say if it makes you happy, then go for it!  Mrs. Lovebug was clearly a petite bride, don’t know how tall she is, but I think her dress with a full skirt looks beautiful on her. 

Post # 5
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Your picks aren’t that full, I think they’ll just work fine. What didn’t work on me (5’3″, 108 lbs) was really poofy skirts with layers and layers of tulle.

Post # 6
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

i’m petite and big dresses looked ridiculous on me. my best friend is only a little bigger than me and they looked great on her- so it really just depends on your particular body. i’m 5’4″ 95lbs.

Post # 7
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

Yup, Meliss has it right – giant tulle skirts tend to overwhelm us petite brides!


But your dresses are gorgeous and proportionate so I think you’ll be absolutely stunning!  ( I really love the “crete” Dress!)

Post # 8
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was expecting to see big, full, tulle style Cinderella dreses! The ones you picked will look fine I think. Plus, those brides have big crinolines under them, so in real life, the dresses won’t be that full until you put on the under skirt

Post # 9
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I think it depends on your proportions a lot.  The dresses you posted look pretty a-line to me, which is what I had; at 5’2″, I am petite, height-wise and I chose an a-line and it was perfect because even with alterations, it looked complete, not hacked off, like I’d imagine what might happen had I chosen a different silhouette.

=) Rock what you love!

Post # 10
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I think you can pull it off!

Post # 11
683 posts
Busy bee

It might also depend on your bustline, I think it’s overwhelming if you have D’s and a huge skirt, but if you’re petite all around, it will be great!

Post # 12
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i don’t think those dresses are too crazy full. one of my friends is tiny and she had a huge princess dress, she was swimming in it, and it was just silly looking. but i really don’t think those dresses are too poofy.

Post # 13
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the dresses you posted should look fine on you.  I’m also petite, and although I only tried on a few fuller skirts, I didn’t necessarily feel like all of them totally overwhelmed me.  Don’t be afraid to try them on, you will probably be pleasantly surprised, especially if it’s the look that you really like.

Post # 14
26 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

Definately see what they look like on. Just remember when they hem your dress the seamstress will be taking some inches off, so keep that in mind with the dress design.

Post # 15
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events

I think full skirts look beautiful on petite brides!  My college roomie was your size or smaller, and she wore a beautiful, full ballgown.  She was beyond gorgeous in it!

The problem might be when you go to try on dresses at a store, and all the samples overwhelm your frame.  It’s so hard to imagine what it’ll look like when it’s proportional to you, but it helps to look at pix of the dresses on models, like the ones you posted above.  I love your choices, btw!

Post # 16
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think you’ll be fine. I’m 5’2″ and very small on top but big JLO booty below.  My dress is the Maggie Celeste very similiar to the ones you’ve picked.  The dress just really fits me and I don’t fell like a big poof-ball walking around.


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