Post # 17
I’m the same size too, and always have to get things tailored. Great advice from everyone above, I’ll have to keep it in mind when I go shopping.
Not trying to hijack the thread, but for those of you who’ve already bought dresses and gotten alterations, do you think it’s worth going the custom-made route instead? I feel like prices would be fairly comparable and there would be a fair number of fittings involved either way.
Post # 18
Bees, taking into account that all brides (even petite ones) look different in different styles, were there any silhouette/styles in particular that you found overwhelmed your small frame? For example, I’m loving the Anojolique 1010 dress some other bees have picked out, but my sister immediately nixed it for me because it would "eat me alive" because of my frame.
Post # 19
Honestly until you go to try on the dresses you won’t know what style suits your figure. I looked at dresses online/magazines and then in the store they looked nothing like the pictures on the models. I thought I’d end up with a halter top but instead got a lace-up back corset strapless. Oh and they look ugly hanging on the hangar so don’t turn your nose up to something because it looks ugly on the rack.
Post # 20
Yay!!! Thanks for posting this! It is great to hear from other petite brides! I am also very petite and had the exact same fears when thinking about dress shopping. I tried on every style of dress for fun, but I found (as a lot of you were saying) that the big poofy gowns or ones with a lot of pick-ups made me look much shorter.
I ended up with an Oleg Cassini dress (ordered in petite), but it will still need to be hemmed and cups put in as well. Another thing that was helpful was that I had my friends take pictures of me in each of the styles. I went back and some of them that I "thought" looked great really made me look like a cupcake haha!! Let us know how you do!
Post # 21
I tried on at least 50 dresses before I found the dress I will be wearing to the wedding. Like you, I’m also petite (about a size 2) and short 5’0. My dress is elegant and I love it. It has beading from top to the bottom with a train. I had it custom made to fit so that when I got it, it fit like a glove. Casablanca does a great job because all their dresses are made in China so most of the dresses that are made are designed for petite brides. Look at the link below under hhcheung2000 to see a picture of me in my dress. I have a tiara on with long curly hair. You’ll see two pics of me.
Post # 22
Wow, this thread has been a lot of help.
I’m also scared of looking for a dress! I’m 5″ and 90ish lbs. I hate searching for clothes in general because nothing really fits and if it does, I look like I’m a freshman in high school.
From the beginning I’ve wanted a custom dress so I wouldn’t have to deal with everything being too big. But I am worried because I’m not sure what will look good on my body. I was looking at ordering a dress from here:
Does anyone know anything about them? Also, since I have a small bust (32A), I’m worried about something strapless not staying up well.
Did you petite ladies ever opt for a shorter dress? I know that long dresses can make a short girl look even shorter, did any of you ever run into this problem?
Post # 23
I got the Maggie Sabelle and had the same concerns but they guaranteed that it would be fine. I am 5’4 and 93 lbs so I ended up going with the size 0 petite. I got mine at RkBridal and as soon as the tailor saw me, he said I’d need a petite size which was 3 inches shorter. The Sabelle has LOTs of details on the bottom so I really hope they are right about it.
Post # 24
Don’t worry about stuff having to be removed to alter the dress. A good dress shop should order the dress to your general specifications so that the alterations that will need to be made won’t be dramatic. Just look for shapes and styles you like. The actual dress will be made for you and will fit you just fine!
Post # 25
I’m a shorty too. When I went shopping for a dress, ALL of the samples i tried on were size 8 and above. they were huge on me, and even with the clamps, it was hard to picture how the dress would look in my size. they had to bunch up the fabric and fold it in to show the correct proportions. i was this close to buying a melissa sweet nicolette, until i realized that the dress looked like it cut me in half. it looks terrific on a tall girl, but made me look really stumpy. so i would suggest looking for a dress that doesn’t have a definined cut/line in the middle; otherwise, you might look shorter than you are.
Post # 26
don’t worry at all, i’m your height and size…didn’t have a problem trying on dresses, i didn’t go for any poof either
Post # 27
I found that many designers actually make petite gowns, so that was a great plus! They can work wonders with alterations, so I wouldn’t worry too much about losing detail or anything like that. I did notice that dresses with volume really drowned me, so I ended up getting something pretty form fitting. I didn’t want the dress to wear me! It is frustrating that the samples are so big, I had the hardest time with that. You’ll be fine, just remember what tends to look the best on your body. Have fun and good luck!
Post # 28
I am exactly your size! But I have a full C chest, a 25" waist and 36" hips so I’ve got the height and weight of a pre-teen but the body of a full grown woman! Because of my height and shape, I found that trumpet style gowns looked best on me. Don’t even talk to me about ballgowns! Also, my shoulders are so small that anything with straps looked weird. This is the dress I ended up with: