(Closed) Help me choose a rehearsal/engagement shoot dress!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll:
    Badgley Mischka 'Calla Lily' strapless lace dress : (74 votes)
    76 %
    Essere 'Afternoon Social' one-shoulder bow dress : (23 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I like the first one. Very elegant and cute. The second screams bridesmaids dress to me, not bride. And the shoulder bow stuff is very heavy. 

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @peonyinparis:  i prefer the badgley mischka lace.  very cute!!  i think you could minimize the effect of the dropped waist making you look short if you ensure that the hem is well above your knee, and you wear shoes that will elongate your legs.  🙂  the second dress is cute as well but i think that it’s a tad busy.  i also think it’s a smidge too long. 

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i very strongly prefer the 2nd one. its so beautiful and classy!

    as for the 1st one- i dislike dropped waist on anyone- and i’m especially confused by a dropped waist dress that is knee length. it just doesn’t look right to me. and i don’t like the spacing of the holes in the lace. it kind of appears shabby chic- but the design of the dress is more modern. really, its just confusing.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I love the first one, it’s so cute!. The second one I don’t really care for at all.

    Post # 7
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    463 posts
    Helper bee

    We have similar body types. Sorry to say that type of drop waist looks terrible on me. If you have a longish torso like me, it will make your legs look short. Also the “waist” would hit at the widest part of the hips, which makes my hips look too wide personally. If you try the first dress, make sure you’re able to return it and find something else in time if necessary.

    Are you open to other options? What are your guidelines? I’m at work so I’m shopping on the DL, but here are a few of the first cute ones I found:

    Margarina – Diane von Furstenberg

    Casual lace dress – Band of Outsiders

    More formal lacier dress – Collette

    Catie – J Crew

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    Sorry but I don’t like either. They look like dresses that wouldn’t be very flattering as they don’t even flatter the models in the pictures. I think you could find something better!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee

    I said #1 (I think it’ll do a much better job of showing off your fantastic figure). 

    Suggestions to keep the dress from making you look ~short~: 

    • measure yourself from your natural waist and see where 23″ hits (that’s how long dress #1’s measurement is) and then measure down to 29″ (that’s where dress #2 hits)
    • wear heels/wedges to elongate your legs (I’m sure you already have a fabulous pair in the mix, judging by those hot heels in your avatar)
    • add a tiny crinoline/tutu to add volume to the skirt and shorten the hem (if you look closely, you can see that even the model is wearing one! Plus it also serves to emphasize the dropped waist) 
    • if worse comes to worst, then you can hem the dress (like chateau2013 so wisely pointed out, keep the hem above the knee to add height/length to your legs)

    As for dress #2, it’s a cute dress, but I think the shoulder embellishments might minimize your figure a bit. Also, it would likely hit way too low, making your legs look stubby and you look ill-proportioned. Boo! Even with adding a crinoline, it might look something like this (when awkward lengths happen to good people):

    Post # 10
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    Newbee

    I think engagment photo dresses should be something fun and playful and something that reflects you. These would both be fine for rehearsal dinner dresses but I think they are a little boring for an enagagement shoot. 

    Where are you taking your engagment pictures at?

    I did mine in San Francisco and originally wanted a dress similar to the ones you posted above, then i said screw it im going to have fun with it…and i ended up with this…

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I like #2.  It’s so different than your lace wedding dress and it could always be hemmed.  #1 could end up hitting you in the wrong spot.  I’m like a giant version of your body shape (5’9, hourglass, 36DD) and slightly dropped waists look good on me, but its awkward once it creeps onto my hips.  

     

    Honestly, when I think about your photos, everything will look good on you, its just a matter of what will look better Tongue Out

     

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee

    @peonyinparis:  Haha you’re actually one of my favorites on here and I love your sense of style (I know, I’m a creeper :P). 

    I absolutely adore that brocade dress because I’m a huge sucker for brocade. I think the natural-waist cut would be especially flattering to your figure, and the jacket adds a touch of vintage/retro flair (though the jacket might hit you lower on your torso, so that also might be something to consider). Also, I like the short length! It’s fun and flirty (like kellyroseemerick‘s adorable ensemble above). 

    I think measuring is the key, especially if you’re a petite person. That way you can best decide which dress to go with. Honestly, I think you can pull off any one of the looks you posted here, but the Fetherston brocade is my new favorite. 

    Do you have a certain look you’re going for with either your engagement photos/RD? Determining that might also help you narrow down your choices. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @peonyinparis:  #3!  The brocade, the v-neck, natural waist, cute jacket…love it.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @peonyinparis:  i think the latest option is really cute! go for it

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee

    @peonyinparis:  Yes! Love that silhouette, and the adorbs jacket. I would wear that jacket everywhere, haha.

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