(Closed) Shorter bees (5'3 & under)! Please show me your dress, I'm feeling discouraged!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m 5’3. I loved my ball gown. 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 9 months ago by Dr_dazzle.
Post # 32
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Helper bee

I am 5’1″ and wore 2 inch heels so still pretty short with heels ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a really slim, petite person (I’m more of an athletic build).

When I tried dresses on I found some of the mermaids difficult to envision as they’d have to bring the mermaid hem up like 5 inches, and straps just were sliding off my shoulders. I found the strapless worked best with me since too much material above my shoulders just seemed to swallow me whole. 

It all depends what you’re going for! I really wanted a “wow” dress that made me feel like a bride with a beautiful train, but I also wanted to show of my figure and not look like a poof of material… so the drop-waist A-Line seemed to work best. 

Someone told me that if you’re short to minimize horizontal lines- if you’re doing a necklace, avoid the belt. If you’re doing a belt, skip the necklace and go for gorgeous earrings. Some dresses have lots of horizontal lines like between the bodice and the skirt or even along the skirt which I find can make a difference. The key is verticalness. I went with a lace dress that transitioned smoothly into a tulle skirt with a raw edge and a raw-edge cathedral veil. The raw-edge (meaning like no seam on the end of the tulle) seems to go on forever.  I chose a belt since it seemed to make my waist look smaller, and I loved the long ribbon in the back (again, to help with the verticalness). People came up to me at the end of the day and were like wow you look so much taller in that dress!

You’ll find one ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am 5′ 1/2″ (as pp said, every 1/2 inch counts!!)

I dont have any photos of myself in my gown, but I am SO excited to walk down and say my “I do”s in this Spring 2015 Mikaella 1911 gown!!

Post # 34
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Busy bee

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ksn1219:  your dress is stunning! Don’t have regrets!!!!! It was made for you! 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

5’2.5″ on a good day ๐Ÿ˜‰ I felt similar to you, the ball gowns just swallowed me up. I felt like the best thing was to just have an open mind and try on styles that you didn’t necessarily pick – ask a stylist what her suggestion would be and go from there. Remember, they do this all the time!

I did have to order a custom length (included since I purchased at a trunk show), and this is me in 3.5 inch heels. I changed into 4 inch wedges for the reception so that the dress wasn’t true floor-length any longer and so my feet were comfy cozy.

 

Post # 36
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Helper bee

5’2″ here! I did wear 4 inch heels though.. Lol

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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buzzingbridex:  Hi there. I understand how you feel – I wanted to cry after my first few visits to bridal salons. Then I found an amazing place and they were soooo helpful and listening to my frustrations and concerns about trying on dresses 6 sizes too big for me and were even able to give me helpful tips to tuck poofiness so that it reflected how it would look on me (e.g. tuck it between your legs!).

I ended up going with a trumpet style because the ballgowns looked good on me but I just felt there was too much material and it made me ‘feel large’ and I’m quite petite.

Good luck. If you’re in the Bay Area – I can recommend the place I went to.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee

I’m almost 5’2″ and wearing flats. This is my dress pre-alterations. It’s definitely a little big but I already love it. Alterations can do wonders, I’m also going to add a crinoline to mine so the skirt will be fuller. Sorry pics are massive!

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had the same issue! I am 4’10”  and tried over 50 dresses and went to several different stores. I thought I was never going to find the one because everything was so big and I could never imagine how the dress would fit me. But don’t settle, no matter how big the dress may be you’ll come out of that dressing room and will know when it’s your dress. The dress I ended up getting I tried on a sample size 18, and i’m a street size 00/0! Good luck dress shopping!! I would recommend finding designers that does custom sizing/ custom hallow to hem. I bought a Kenneth Winston 1565 and they do custom measurement! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Demetries

I am 5’3″ this is my dress. Rosemary by sophia tolli. It is a modified A-line. It’s very long can’t wait for it to be tailored you me. Good luck go to another dress shop it should be a fun outing! Good luck!

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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buzzingbridex:  Keep your head up darlin!!! You will find the perfect dress! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am 5’3, I knew I wanted something that showed off my “curves” haha since I look so young.. Here was my dress.. I am wearing flip flops in this pic. GOOD LUCK MY DEAR!!

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

hi there! I’m 5’3 (and maybe a half on a good day). I tried on so many ballgowns before settling in this mermaid Oleg Cassini. I am wearing 4 inch heels in this picture and am almost as tall as my future sis in law to my right.

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Here are a few of my favorites from my extensive dress search, I am 5′ 0″.  I found fit-to-flare, trumpet, and mermaid cuts were the most flattering, since a-line and ball gowns both overwhelmed me. 

 

Post # 44
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Busy bee

Maggie Sottero – Lorie. This is the model picture. You can order her dresses in petite sizes and 5″ shorter. I’m 5’1….this what I did. I don’t have a very good pic of me in the sample. It was a 12 and I ordered size 6. It will be here in June.

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

This is my dress. It’s a Pnina Tornai satin ballgown. I’m 5’3″ and petite so I can understand your frustration in finding a dress that suits you and fits properly. We virtically challenged ladies always have that problem with even regular clothes lol so a bridal gown only adds to our frustration! One of the bridal consultants that worked with me to find my dress told me to stick to dresses that either had a natural or empire waist if I wanted a ballgown because then it will elongate me and make me look taller (and that style also hides those trouble areas). Or go with a fit and flare or mermaid style which will also elongate your frame, but in the opposite way. She told me that any dresses with a dropped waist I should stay away from because I will only get lost in the dress. Hope this helps!

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