(Closed) Mini Rant: Trying on dresses…feeling like a little kid playing dress up

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have the opposite problem… I am a little over 6′!! I will suggest Watters dresses for you though – they were by far the shortest on me, they seem to be more for 5’6″ instead of 5’10” like many other designers I’ve tried. 

Post # 4
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ellejay16:  Awww I felt that way during a few of my dress appointments.  I’m only 5’1″, so I can definitely relate!  I found some pretty dresses, but several of them made me look and feel like a chunky little Oompa Loompa because they cut me off in the weirdest places.  Yuck!

I agree with Pinkmoon … If your dress budget will allow for a Watters dress (the Wtoo line is a little less expensive, I believe), I’d consider trying some on.  I ended up with the Watters Odette, and I agree that the sample seemed to be made for a slightly more petite bride (which helped me get a better idea of what I would look like in it once it was altered).  I also tried on the Watters Malibu, and felt the same way about the length.

Post # 5
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh, I can definitely relate. I’m 5’1″ (well, almost) and it’s so difficult to get a real idea of how dresses will look on me in my size.

One thing I’ve learned is that some designers let you order the dress “hollow to hem” which means they basically measure the length from the top of the dress to the floor and custom design it, rather than sending you a petite size or regular size and having you spend a lot on alterations.

Post # 6
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am about the same height and I LOVEEEEE to shop but I HATED trying on wedding dresses! I felt so ridiculous and I was happy when I finally just purchased a dress.

Post # 7
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

try Jenny Packham and Enzoani blue, Im short 5.3ish and they were the most flattering, pronovias were stunning but way too long and might not have altered that well considering the amount of fabric i needed removing.  


Im really happy with my enzoani dress

Post # 8
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Totally feel your pain! Also i am (UK) size 6-8 so they were all huge on me as well as far too long! Its so hard to get an idea. I even had a lady try putting rolled up bath towels down the back of the dress to fill it out?? WTF?? So weird!


Really disheartened. I know its pricey but weirdly i tried on Vera Wang dresses and some Maggie Sottero and didnt feel as much of a ‘child’ in them.

I am now having my dress custom made by a seamstress who specialises in wedding dresses. I tried los of dresses on with her and showed her pictures of dresses i liked and so she designed a dress and is now making it. I am soooo much happier now!

Good luck my fellow petite bride xx

Post # 11
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ellejay16:  I hear you, sister! I’m 5’0″ and I went through the exact same thing. It’s really hard to picture how a dress is going to look on you when there’s an exta 2ft on fabric pooling at your feet and the waist is hitting you closer to your hip!

They did a  hollow to hem on me and it made the WORLD of difference. It did cost extra ($200 +/- I believe) but my alterations are going to be minimal. Here’s a sample vs hollow to hem comparison of my dress for reference. Note that I’m standing on a pedestal in the before image.

I totally understand the feeling of not knowing exactly how a dress will look on someone your size. It’s a leap of faith for sure. Try to look at the dress not how it is, but how it could be. Hope that helps!

Post # 12
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ellejay16:  I’m barely 5’1″, so about the same height as you.  What helped for me was shopping designers that do Petite sizing on wedding dresses – Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Enzoani, and Anjolique were the primary ones I tried on.  The bridal salon I went to had a few samples in the petite lengths to show me what they would look like, so I didn’t feel like I was swimming in the dresses!

Post # 13
40 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013


Try being 4’11” with size 5 feet!!  I can’t even find shoes my size here!  Good thing, i have a pretty pair of silver heels from 5 years ago that i only wore twice, so it still looks pretty new.  Man, i wanted a lacey overlay, but it just didn’t work for.  anyway, i love my dress!! just went last weekend for the alteration measurement.  Can’t wait to wear it in 5 weeks!! Laughing



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