(Closed) Mermaid dress make my hips look huge? Any way to alter it?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think you look great!  But if you are self concious, have you thought about shapewear?

Post # 4
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Mermaids are supposed to make you look, well, not hippy, but like you have some hips, girl! I think you work it!

Post # 5
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@riakd:  whoa, I think you look good!

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@riakd:  LOVE IT, don’t fix a thing. Totally accentuates your curves, in a good way! and it looks AMAZING 🙂

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@riakd:  I don’t see huge hips on you at all. Of course, the photo is taken from that perfect hip-slimming angle. 

It sounds like you want to alter it from a mermaid to a trumpet. My issue with this is that making the skirt flare higher will actually accentuate your hips even more (since your hips/legs aren’t going to “taper” like it does in a mermaid). check out this thread to see an illustration: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/mermaid-or-trumpet-need-advice#axzz2SqR84A2E

If yo are that concerned with over-emphasizing your hips, you could look into altering the skirt to a straighter column/sheath) or adding more crinoline to make the flare bigger.

Post # 8
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@riakd:  I think you look absolutely gorgeous, keep the dress as is. Women have hips and they are lovely! The dress shows the shape of your body in a beautiful way.

Post # 9
8418 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@riakd:  You have a beautiful hourglass shape! Mermaids are supposed to define your curves and  the dress does it perfectly! Mermaids only look good on girls with curves…. You don’t need to change a thing it’s perfect! 


Post # 10
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

You look SEXY! The whole point of mermaids/trumpets/F&F is to emphasize the hips and make you vavavoom! The best thing you can do is make it as tight as possible so it emphasizes your natural body shape and wear shapewear if you really feel lumpy rather than curvy, but I promise you, you don’t look it…but I know from personal experience how what other people see may not be what we feel like in our heads…I wore Spanx on my wedding day even though I didn’t need it and it made no difference just because it made me feel more confident

Post # 11
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I hope you take this as a compliment, but I thought the picture was of a mannequin wearing the dress because it looked so perfect and then I had to double take because I realized nope it’s a real person and beautiful bride. 

I don’t think you need to alter it, it’s classy and sexy at the same time. However, I would recommend trying spanx, I wear them under every dress for a little shaping.

Post # 13
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You look amazing, not “hippy” at all. 

Post # 14
2948 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

You have a really beautiful shape in that dress – remember we are our own worst critic:(

Post # 15
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@riakd:  You have a lovely pear shape. So that’s why you see “hippy” in these photos (it comes with the territory). Instead of altering the skirt, how about moving the empire detail down to your natural waist. 

I am a pear, as well, and fitted empire waists look terrible on me. This is because they highlight the imbalance between my chest size and hips/bum size. Natural waist gowns, on the other hand, tend to look much better since it elongates my torso area without making my bottom half look wonky. 

This = big no for me:                       This = much better/more balanced:


Post # 16
4690 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I think you have a lovely, feminine shape. i would kill for those hips! Don’t change anything!

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