(Closed) HONEST opinions, who can rock a ballgown/princess style dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Can anyone look good in a princess style wedding dress?
    No, they look better on slimmer figures : (13 votes)
    23 %
    No, they look better on curvier figures : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, you can change some aspects of the style to suit you (please advise) : (9 votes)
    16 %
    Yes, if you love it then you will rock it! : (31 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
    2768 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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 # 5
    1005 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1816 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
    1005 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    2184 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012


    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

    Shotgun Wedding Photography: Mary and Ben &emdash; 2944 Mary and Ben 0282

    2 – at a boudoir/fash the dress shoot I did

    Post # 10
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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
    1350 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    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
    105 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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 # 16
    2906 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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! 

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