(Closed) I need help!!! Do mermaids/ skirt drama look good on curvy girls?

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 17
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@Jennyemm:  In that case, I think a mermaid-like dress will look good, but you should move towards fit-and-flare and trumpet so that you get a flare above the knee.  I have no problem with the way you use the word “curvy” but I know that I am overweight (less so now that I’ve dropped 50lbs) and not curvy, but was accustomed to using that term and got myself into clothing trouble because I’m actually quite narrow in the hips (for my size, that is).  It sounds like your shape is similar to mine, and I think that you could really find a beaurtiful fitted dress. Don’t shy away from other salons. It is hard when a lot of the dresses won’t go on, but I was a street size 16/18 (bridal size 22) when I got married the first time and tried on and ordered a dress from a courture salon. It is possible.

Post # 19
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think so, but if the mermaid is to tight or makes you feel uncomfortable, you could always do skirt drama with a natural waist line.

Post # 20
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Based on your photo, I think you’d look great in a mermaid gown.

Post # 21
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

So long as you have a defined waist, I think it would be fabulous. Gotta flaunt those curves! 😉

Post # 22
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t look good in the mermaids I tried (I tried everything, once :-p) but was surprised the drop waist with corsrt back worked so well- not what I expected to fall for and I love it! 

(street size 14)

Post # 23
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m more full figured and I personally thought A lines looked better on me, though I aaallmost actuall went with a dropped waist.  The only way you’ll know is by trying dresses on and seeing what looks best.  

Btw, you totally dont just have to stick with stores that carry plus size.  Other places usually have at least a few that run bigger, and if not you can always try on the smaller ones and they can clip you in and whatnot.  Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself!

Post # 24
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

When I was picturing my future wedding dress – I had a picture in mind. I knew what I wanted to look like. I knew how I wanted my dress. It was a vision that stuck with me. I desperately wanted an elegant, classy, dramatic looking gown and I wanted it to be a classic trumpet/mermaid/fnf silhouette. I went in to a couple of places who either told me

a ) “Really, women with your ‘kind’ of body would look better in an A line or empire waist”
 this is not paraphrasing by the way, this is what she told me
b ) they didn’t even let me try on those styles

I’m not sure why I ended up with such rude salespeople, when after all, their job is to sell, but who is anyone to say what you can and can’t rock? Who is going to tell you your vision is wrong? Don’t let them.

  After I finally found a person willing to work WITH my vision of MY wedding day and MY wedding gown, I found a beautiful dress that offers exactly what  I was looking for. And you tell me, does it look bad? (I know it doesn’t!) Should I not have tried it on?
  Although the dress is labeled “mermaid” I think it fits more like a trumpet gown, but I really couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream come true.  I know this is long but I just want to say that if you have a vision of your day, don’t let anybody take that away. You will look beautiful no matter what!

I am a street size 22, and this gown is a 20.

Post # 25
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with everyone else, you have to try on the different styles to know what really works. I had initially wanted a mermaid or dropped waist gown, but after trying them they just werent flattering to me. My hips are about 2-3 dress sizes bigger than my waist and it just exaggerated that difference way too much. I did end up going with a dramatic skirt though, its a good way to flatter having bigger hips/legs 🙂

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