Post # 1
m new to posting on Weddingbee, but Ive been reading a bunch of posts and am comfortable enough with how genuinely nice and helpful you ladies all seem to be, that I feel that I myself can post!
I have a confession. I`m terrified of dress shopping. After all, this is a big deal right??! I’m supposed to look stunning and elegant on the big day, but I fear I’ll end up looking more like a troll.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of dress would be flattering on a plus, petite? okay.. so I’m 5 foot 1, and am size 16 – but I have a behind that should have its own moons and my tummy isn’t the trimmest either. Luckily I have a bit of an hourglass as my bust balances everything out. It’s a lot for my little frame though!!
Help? Please?? I’ve been leaning towards a tea length dress, but I’m not sure!
Post # 3
@mmpurdy: Hi mmpurdy! I am also brand new to Weddingbee.
I think everyone has anxieties about dress shopping no matter what size or shape they are. Of course, finding THE dress is a big deal, but rest assured that when you begin the shopping process you will start to get a feel for what styles and silhouettes you like best on your body. You will never be 100% sure what ANY gown looks like on you until you try it on!
That being said…A-line silhouettes and lighter, softer fabrics are flatting on most all people. Think silk organza, silk taffeta, silk satin; rouching to conceal the waistline and/or fuller hips. Or, be bold and EMBRACE your curves with a gown that both flatters and flaunts your hourglass shape! 😉
Happy dress shopping!!! You are going to find the perfect gown that looks GORGEOUS on you.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Seriously, go to a good salon and be open to the advice of the consultant. That’s her job. She has helped probably dozens, if not hundreds of brides who are plus and petite. And wedding dresses are not like normal dresses. Your usual rules may not apply. Have fun with it!
Post # 5
Yep, go to a bridal salon with a good friend that you trust (that will tell you if you look like a troll, lol!) and try dresses on. That is the only way to find out.
Post # 6
I am a plus petite too and i feel so statuesque in my gown. I am 5’2 and a street size 18. I found that the natural or empire waste gowns made me look even shorter. I loved my experience at davids bridal. They had a great range of sizes and styles. All of the actual boutique shops i went to had samples that i could barely get into. It was a horrible experience there…
This is the dress i bought vs. the ones i treid on.
Post # 7
You will be a beautiful. blushing bride with love in her eyes! Try on dresses that embrace your figure and show off your assets, don’t hide them. And yes, bring an honest and supportive friend.
Post # 8
I have the same porportions as you (4′ 11″ and street size 14). I am curious to see what others suggest.
But I’m going dress shopping this week for the first time to just get a feel of what looks good on me. I think I’m going with a short dress with a peticoat (so, 1950s feel) or a bit slinkier. I dont want anything that’s poofy and full!
Post # 9
I’m a street size 14 and only around 5′ 1″ myself. This is my dress. A line is definitely the way to go!
I also found this dress that I loved too! It’s more flowy and even had some boning on ths inside to really give shape and the panel in front really hid anything I didn’t care to see 🙂 Why am i sharing this picture for everyone to see? Haha.
Post # 10
I’m 5’1, was 130 pounds when I got married. My dress is in mermaid style, tulip cut neckline, with some beadings among the folds, corset lace up and has a small fish tail. People said I looked taller in this dress. Wore 4” heels on the day. The dress also has a pick up handle so it’s very easy to manage in a small place like my wedding’s venue. It’s from Trudy Lee.
Post # 11
@thennic and @teresa1083w : You both look GORGEOUS!
Sorry I didn’t reply earlier, I didn’t get notified of any posts, woops!
You’ve all been really helpful. Yea – I think A-Line is the way to go.. but perhaps shorter a-line because it might give me the illusion of height. Also, Fiance likes my calves when I wear heels? It would make him happy. and that makes me happy 🙂
Post # 12
I’m a petite plus and I’m having the same problem! The woman that “helped” me was horrid (pushy, rude, kept making comments about my size under her breath and didn’t listen to my needs) so you’ll definitely want a place that has more of a laid back and friendly feel to it. As for dresses, I agree about the A-Line style. Not too poofy but also more comfortable and flattering(in my opinion) than sheath style dresses. Good luck and I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous on your big day!
Post # 13
I’m 5’1″ and ordered my dress in a size 20 (although I’ll probably be about a 16 on my wedding day). I ordered 2310 from Alfred Angelo, and I think it flatters me without making me look like a cupcake. In the picture, the dress was a size 24 and looks big on me because the consultant couldn’t bring in the fabric anymore with the clips.
My suggestions are to look for longer silhoettes and to try on gowns you wouldn’t normally think would look flattering on you. The gown I bought isn’t what I originally wanted, but I fell in love with it after I tried it on and viewed on myself, as opposed to being on the hanger.
Also, my bridal consultant was great and very supportive. If you don’t feel comfortable with who you are working with, ask to work with someone else.
Post # 14
10 months late to this party too, but: I’m also plus and petite, and it’s weird because a-lines are horrible on me, and sheath dresses and mermaids actually look good, as long as there’s side draping.
I’ve settled on getting a ballgown, though, because that’s more representative of me, and you know what? I don’t care if I’m a big giant cupcake. If I want to look like a cutesy poofball instead of a sucked-in, immobilized mermaid, that’s up to me. And if a consultant discourages me or mentions the word “cupcake”, she won’t hear the end of it from me.
Post # 15
Like fzesquer I’m late to the party as well. I’m around similar measurements and felt the best in a small A-line/soft fit in flare. I kept describing it this way to different people and some people understood me and some didn’t. I ended up purchasing AA 2384 (I hate the stock picture, but don’t have any of my own), but Justin Alexander’s 8560 is pretty much identical if you don’t use the removalable portrait collar. I fell in love with the shape of JA, but loved AA’s price point much more! Happy shopping and let us know how it goes!