(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 # 63
    949 posts
    Busy 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
    30 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
    552 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
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @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
    880 posts
    Busy 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
    1563 posts
    Bumble 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
    533 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.

    Post # 70
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think cap sleeves would look great with that dress. And to echo previous posters- you really look good! That picture is NOT was I was expecting to see based on your title. Good luck!

    Post # 71
    48 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you look great – love the necklace! Remember you’re your own hardest critic.  Guaranteed your friends and family won’t see the problems you do; you should just relax, enjoy yourself, and trust me that you look beautiful.

    Post # 72
    5092 posts
    Bee Keeper

    You look great!  And I love your statement necklace-whether bought from Etsy or DIY!  I think that addition would look lovely.  You are beautiful.  Sorry about the illnesses in your families.  Best Wishes for a happy wedding day and a long and happy and healthy marriage.

    Post # 73
    7 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I also think you are being too hard on yourself, but I know it’s a tough situation!  I agree with not doing anything drastic like adding sleeves or straps until the dress is properly fit.  You could try some of the ideas mentioned above that are easy to try and not permanent (i.e. crinoline, contrasting colored sash to match the bridesmaid dresses, some support up-top to bring the ladies in a little, statement necklace).  I think you’ll probably find one of those things makes enough of a difference to you.  Also, if I were you, I would do my hair similar to how I will wear it for the wedding when I go to the next fitting – that way you’ll get a better idea of your look for the day.  I think it’ll end up great and not like a root beer barrel at all!!

    Post # 74
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d go for cap sleeves and the necklace is a must! your dress is stunning! I love the draping and the structure!

    Post # 75
    58 posts
    Worker bee

    Gosh, I think you look fabulous! I think the biggest problem is the bust area and it’s not YOUR girls, but the fact that the pleating is not laying right.  It looks too big there.  Also, check to make sure that it’s all tacked down.  Sometimes those pleats/ruching can be made to lie flatter with a ilttle work.  I also agree with the petticoat comment.  You probably can’t go too voluminous, because your hemline doesn’t look too long.  But you would be amazed at how making the skirt more flared at the hemline will balance everything out.  Stunning dress and you are gorgeous!!!!!  It just needs some tweaks for your body type!

    Post # 76
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve been trying not to Weddingbee, but I have to comment on this, lol.  Your thread title is cracking me up!  

    You look beautiful, and you need a statement necklace to frame the look.  Get something big and blingy (or pearly), and sweetheart the neckline.  Boom. Gorg. 

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