(Closed) Oh the dreaded dress regret..I look like a rootbeer barrel! Help!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How to fix this?

    get a dramatic necklace

    sew cap sleeves on the dress

    cover up with a bolero

    relax, have a drink, and it is all good!

  • Post # 55
    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    I was surprised too after reading the description, lol!  You look beautiful!  🙂

    The only things I might consider would be to add the sweetheart neckline as you have already said, and I haven’t read through all of the posts, but if the hem is still intact and you haven’t had it shortened yet, maybe see if the seamstress can actually raise the dropped waist so it’s just a few inches higher on your thighs/hips?  I think that would help balance out the top and bottom area and give you even more of an hourglass shape…  But if that’s not possible (or you don’t like that idea, lol!) I think after alterations with good undergarments, and extra crinoline underneath plus a statement necklace will be beautiful!!!!  😀

    Post # 56
    2153 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think you look amazing in your dress, you are very much proportionate and your skin looks fantastic! I love the idea of a statement necklace, and perhaps a lacy bolero!!! I think it could turn how you feel about how you look, right around. 

    Post # 57
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Hahaha i wasnt sure of what to expect at all when i read your self description! You are neither old nor large, but might possibly be your harshest critic!

    You look beautiful in your dress and i have to agree with some previous comments that the only alteration i would consider is a well fitting bra or body to emphasize and flatter your . . .  erm. . . assets!!

    This an amazing dress and i love the ruched waist and gathered skirt! You look beautiful! 

    Post # 58
    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    make it a sweetheart neckline and add a little volume under it. but you look beautiful even if you dont do that.

    Post # 59
    6002 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

    @Christine4RN:  Can I vote for cap sleeves and a fun necklace? I think it will look way more complete that way. Or if you are against doing both, maybe one or the other and then wear your hair half up half down or all down in some way, which will cover more skin and balance out the look better.

    Post # 60
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t know what a root beer barrel looks like LOL You’re seriously hilarious.  You look absolutely beautiful and I don’t know why you’d have dress regret!!!!!

    A statement necklace will look lovely though 🙂

    Post # 61
    911 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I read your description and was expecting come thing else entirely when I saw your pic! You look awesome!!! Definitly get a statement necklace (because I love them) and a gooD undergarment to make you feel better. You look hot, and there is not too much space!

    Post # 63
    1728 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    i think you look great..the ONLY thing i would even remotely suggest is that you get a slight sweetheart neckline..and if you WANT to wear a bolero..i like the dress the way it is tho

    Post # 64
    35 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    have a drink, girl! that dress is amazing. i feel like a football linebacker on a good day (bad genetics) but i opted for the same shape dress and a really really REALLy good spanx. cause im all self conscious. the thing i loved the most was making the skirt fuller – definitely get a crinoline slip! it will fill in the space towards the bottom and flare the skirt without being princess-y. makes you feel smaller up top. any necklace would work. or chandelier earrings?

    Post # 65
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I vote for sweetheart, big necklace and dainty lace cap sleeves to go with the vintage theme.

    Post # 66
    11161 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

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    @MissNoodles:  This!

    I agree, a sweetheart neckline would make a world of difference in your overall shape and would take the focus off your shoulders. I highly recommend!

    Post # 67
    1160 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am 43 and don’t look HALF as amazing as you do. 46?? REALLY???? Kudos!


    I like the dress a lot. I agree with PP to “hoist” the girls…add some”poof” at the bottom and go with some kind of sleeve or large necklace. You don’t really need the sleeves since you have such a nice, even skin tone…but if you used some great body-shaping undergarments to create more balance, it would be perfect.



    Post # 68
    2432 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ll repeat PP – just see if you can have the bust area altered so that the neckline isn’t straight across. A sweetheart, or pretty embellishment, would make all the difference! I also think a stunning statement necklace (like the one you posted) would look great too.

    You’ll look beautiful on your big day Laughing

    Post # 69
    863 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

    You definitely don’t look like a barrel (even though that is a hilarious way to put it)! Just hoist the girls up and together and you’ll look great.

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