Post # 1
Not been dress shopping yet but I am Pinterest-ing the heck out of princess style wedding dresses with floaty chiffon skirts. Thing is, they look amazing on the models with their looooong legs and teeny waists-do they actually look good on ‘normal’ people? I’m 5ft7, street size UK12, US8 with 34E chest… I ain’t no Gisele. Can anyone pull a big poofy number off or should they really be kept for actual princesses?
Not looking to offend anyone here, hence the poll, but just looking to see if I’m barking up the wrong tree when it comes to dress obsessions…
Post # 3
It depends what you mean by “princess style”.
Do you mean an actual princess-line dress, like this – with continuous seams and no defined waistline – basically an a-line.
Or do you mean a ballgown? They don’t often have chiffon skirts though – did you mean tulle?
In answer to your question – I think a-lines suit most people, but especially suit girls with less defined waistlines (both boyish figures and plus sizes), while ballgowns suit girls with more defined waistlines (hourglass or pear). A-lines are also a better option if you’re short.
As you’re top heavy, the extra width of ballgowns or a-lines are a good idea, but which one to choose would depend on a few other things. As you’re reasonably tall you could probably pull off a ballgown, but you might have to play around with fabrics and waistlines (either drop waist or natural waist).
And chiffon isn’t always the most forgiving fabric. I’m wearing it, and I’m far curvier than you, but my dress has satin under the chiffon to add structure.
Post # 4
Oh I actually have no idea that there is a difference… I am completely dress-stupid so for reference these are the dresses I am coveting right now…
Post # 5
I say yes, anyone can wear them.
I will say though that I ended up with a dropped waist ballgown…I had tried on an empire waist ballgown and it made me look huge (thicker than I am) because of the way I’m built. I’m 5’9 and wear size 6/8 pants but my upper body is built because Im a personal trainer and I weight lift, so something that was form fitting throughout the bodice looked much better one me, here are pics for reference….
the one I tried on (very unflattering!)
and the dress I’m wearing with a dropped waist…you can see my hips are not that big, but the first dress you can’t tell that at all because of the cut, I personally did not like this one bit! lol
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Sometimes I worry about proportion with very, very large girls and foofy ballgowns, but gee whiz girl… 5’7, size 8? Get it!!
Post # 7
and wanted to add, it all depends on the cut of the dress I think, I probably would have liked an empire waisted style dress had I tried several more on, I think a lot of the issue with the one above was the cut of that particular dress…
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’m on the curvier side, and I wore a ballgown. I loved it and it was super flattering. You don’t know what you like until you try it on, so just be open minded when you dress shop.
Post # 9
I think they can suit anyone, especially if they’re corseted. I’ve got boobs and hips – I’m a UK 10, 32D but only 5’3, so I would imagine I don’t look that dissimilar to you proportion wise – and I wore a dress similar to what you’re describing.
1 – at my wedding
2 – at a boudoir/fash the dress shoot I did
Post # 10
I’m a size 14 at 5’1 and got a “full a-line” which I totally thought was a ballgown until I read the designers description. I know I’m no supermodel but I think if you love it wear it! You will radiate confidence and confidence is beautiful!
Post # 11
@Corgi-cariad: Size 8 is not a big size! But the “best” dress shape for your body will depend on your body shape–this has nothing to do with size, but proportions. Knowing that would be helpful when picking a dress–i.e. are you an hourglass shape, apple, etc. You are quite gifted in the chest area (and I’m jealous), so if you have a smallish waist then you want to show that off so that you don’t look bigger than you are. And out of the dresses you showed, I think dresses 1 & 3 would do that best.
ETA: That said, I voted for “if you love it, you will rock it.” I’m 5’0 and I’m wearing a poofy, dropped-waist ballgown which goes against all of the short girl rules, but I don’t care! I say, if you love it, who gives a $%^&!? =)
Post # 12
I think so.
I am tiny (5’6, 100 pounds, 12C) and am wearing a ballgown, my MOH is what I would call curvy (around my height, I think a 32DD and around 170 pounds), and she had a ballgown for her debutante and looked STUNNING! I personally think they are flattering to pretty much all body shapes. I’d even go as far as to say that they are the most flattering silhouette.
Post # 13
Just try some on. It depend on more than your size and wether you have an hourglass/pearshaped/etc figure. The lenght of your legs/length of your upper torso, length overall, the width of your shoulders…It just depends. The dresses you pictured can be perfect for balancing broad shouders or can give you a defined waist when you don’t have one. They are beautiful dresses.
I think more styles than you expect will look good on you. So have fun trying on dresses 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site
I think it will look awesome on you. That first one is WOW!!! You shoud go try some one, just to see.
Post # 15
@beautifulmama28: oh wow, yeah that second one makes all the difference. I don’t think the first makes you look totally wide but that second one is much more flattering.. Something to keep an eye out for!
@doorstopper: oooo that dress is lovely and you look amazing in it!! Yeah that’s not too far from the style either… Ok good to know!
@aggie2010: thank you ladies!! This has totally given me the confidence to go try some things on… I will keep you updated! AHHHH!!!
Post # 16
I think it all depends on the dress! I have a friend who is tall and curvy and plus sized, with an hourglass figure, who looked fantastic in her Vera Wang White ballgown. I’m shorter, more of an apple shape and those dresses looked atrocious on me. But I love my asymmetrical dropped waist dress with a giant poofy skirt – it’s technically an a-line, I think, but it has all the drama of a ballgown while being super flattering. You never know what looks good on you until you start trying things on!