Poofy or sleek for a wedding dress \'feel\' (example pics included)

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Of all the photos you posted of you in dresses, I love the first and the last 2 and really am not a fan of the ballgown, it looks like it’s swallowing you up…Also you’ve got a great figure and i’m one of those “if you’ve got it, and you worked hard for it, flaunt it” viewpoints. You described your body as an inverted triangle, I wouldn’t hide the “narrower” bits in a big poofy dress.

The 1st really showed your figure, the last 2 showed less but are classically beautiful. If I had to pick one, the fit and flare (and yes, it IS a fancy AF wedding dress)!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I love the silhouette of that first dress on you.  It makes your figure look fantastic.  How many appointments have you had?  Just the one?  I know I’m at a point where I had only one appointment.  I tried on my dream designer (Reem Acra) and the dresses were incredibly gorgeous but I just don’t feel ready to pull the trigger, yet.  I happen to know someone who works at a bridal boutique and she says this is 100% normal.  I think in my case I need to keep trying on more dresses and hopefully, I will have one I can’t get out of my mind.

I also think it’s fair that other people pointed out you have to imagine the whole package – hair, makeup, veil, flowers, etc.  That for me is what takes a dress from looking like it could be evening or red carpet to definitely bridal.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Also out of curiosity, what budget are you hoping to hit?

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

tiffanycc :  Sounds like you have a good plan in mind.  Like you, I’ve aligned on a shape and I’m pretty clear on the look I like. (A line, floral lace, beading and illusion or sweetheart neckline.). I’m hoping this focus will make it easier to hone in on the dress that is ‘the one.’  I started looking at dresses at the top of my price point and in my 3rd appointment looking at a few designers that are significantly cheaper to compare quality and feel.  Basically I looked for a designer that did similar styles but at a more affordable price point.

I’ll be curious to try them on in person, but I’m starting to notice that fabric & detail work drives up the cost.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I absolutely adore option 4! The mermaid length is a classic and I’m a total sucker for the lace! I personally think your body type is perfect for that style so if you’re not totally in love with all the lace I think anything in the mermaid style would be great!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

tiffanycc :  I know!  I’m curious to try on the less expensive dresses to see if they make my heart swoon but I’m really picky about detail work (For a long time I thought I didn’t like lace or beading and then realized I think I only like EXPENSIVE lace and beading) and already in some of the pictures I can tell that the lace on the less expensive dresses likely won’t do it for me.

I do though think that if you try on enough dresses that you have a spot on idea of what you want that it will be easier to go to a sample sale and commit to what you want.  We even have some stores here where all they do is sell samples.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

tiffanycc :  I used to be a bridal consultant a million years ago. Some of the ways of looking at gowns still sticks.

With regard to straps: you want something tapered. The thin strap has a similar effect to no staps. Something that is thinner at the base and wider at the top has the effect of narrowing the area overall. It also draws the eye down toward your decollete, and away from your shoulders

Something like these:

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Also, another word regarding silhouette; since you are petite, you want a line on the gown that will elongate you as much as possble. A trumpet or fit to flare tends to create the impression that your legs are shorter than they really are. A mermaid – where the gown only flares out right at the bottom – has the opposite effect.

I’d stay away from any gown where the flare starts much higher than your ankle. It will make you look less balanced and appear shorter, even if you are wearing heels. That is unless you go with an A line or ballgown, in which case either is fine. 

 

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

tiffanycc :  I do think a mermaid is a better cut for a petite girl. Everything about it draws the eye to the clean line along the length of the body and gradually down to the ankle. It creates the impression your legs go on and on.

The abrupt change from super fitted to flared out in a trumpet or F&F tends to create a more segmented look. Depending on the cut and fabric this also means you can’t always tell where someone’s knees are, which is visually confusing. This actually works really well for tall ladies, but less so for shorter ones.

An A-line is almost unversally flattering. The flare starts at your hips, but has a much softer transition so the impression is more gradual and flowing. A ballgown also has an distinct line of demarcation, but is usually set more toward the midline of the frame and results in a more balanced look which can look great if done properly. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

difference-betwen-trumpet-and-mermaid-wedding-dresses

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Fit and Flare

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Trumpet

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Mermaid

 

There are also sheath gowns with a train which have this same shape, so you just have to look around. The main thing you want to realize is that a LOT of people consider these terms interchangable, even though they do have distinct meaning. If you just keep in mind you want the gown to flare lower on the leg, and closer to your ankle, that should be enough information for anyone pulling dresses for you.

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