(Closed) Wedding dresses for small framed women

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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brikachu :  my SIL is built like you and she added boobs to her dress by adding some padded cups and silicon enhancers. She wore  a strapless ball gown and it looked great on her! She is so tiny that the ball gown was fine with her height. 

Post # 3
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’m petite too. I read that sheath and A-line style dresses look good on us. A dress without a lot of embellishments or big patterns look better on us as they don’t overwhlem our frame. Most of the dresses I tried on made me feel like a little girl playing dress up.

I went with an A-line v-neck with a low back. It has embellishments at the bodice but it’s otherwise plain. I have small boobs too and I think v-neck or halter styles looks good. 

Post # 5
2548 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Try a strapless dress with a corset type top with boning in it, that will help keep it in place, as well as some carefully placed double sided tape o  yoyr wedding day. Theres always the option of wearing cutlets in your bra for added boobage, and a fuller skirt will add shape. I have basically no boobs either, don’t feel bad, lol.

Post # 7
181 posts
Blushing bee

I’m 5’2″ with similar measurements. Like others have said, sheaths and columns look great, but I’m of the opinion that ballgowns are also totally doable. I did a white ballgown for prom once and it was amazing (after we cut a literal foot of tulle off the bottom.) As far as I’m concerned, since I have very short legs, the only thing that’s out of the realm of possibilities is a dramatic trumpet skirt. Everything else will really suit your slender build just fine, and at 5’3″ you’ll almost be a normal height with heels 😉

When I went into a bridal shop in my big city a few weeks back, the shop girl was very considerate and kind in explaining to me that it’s an extremely small chance that I’ll ever find a dress that comes close to fitting inside of a shop – it’s easier for the average person to imagine themselves in a dress that fits too big than in one that fits too small. She just kinda crushed that dream very kindly and assured me I’d HAVE to use my imagination.

So as for trying on, sorry, I don’t think it gets easier. You just have to go with your gut and order whatever feels right, then hope for the best with alterations. I’ve been looking a lot at used wedding dress sites, where many girls at nearly our exact size have already gotten most alterations out of the way and you can see from their wedding photos exactly what it looks like on a petite woman. That’s the most helpful version of “trying on” I’ve seen.

Post # 8
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I am 5’3″ and have similar measurements. I had my heart set on a mermaid dress, but felt like I was overwhelmed in all the dresses I tried on. I had the same experience as @mrsfox  It seriously looked like I was a little girl playing dress up! V-necks are really flattering, and a sheath dress would help accentuate your waist and natural curves. You can usually remove some of the tulle in the skirt if you feels like there’s too much material.

Post # 9
36 posts

I have a small frame and my heart was set on the tight dress with a low back… BUT they all did nothing for my figure and my hip bones stick out too much :/ I ended up with a sort of a line meets ball gown dress. It’s puffier than I wanted but really helps my figure and actually makes me feel like a bride! 

Post # 10
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m also very petite.  My measurements are 31-23-32 and I’m 5’1.  Here is a picture of my dress.  It is a Stella York.  I found the illusion necklines flattered me best.  Also, padded bras in the dress can give you a little boost 😉  

Post # 11
1885 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m 5’3″ and petite as well. I ended up getting a custom dress — combined two of the designers dresses to make my own, with a lace v-neck top and a tulle A-line skirt. My husband is 5’6″, so I wore flats.


Post # 12
478 posts
Helper bee

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spring2017 :  You just need the right consultant! I went to several stores and thought i could never get certain dresses (ballgown, mermaid) because nothing hit me in the right places and everything was too big. But I found a wonderful women who spent at least 10 minutes pulling and pinning each dress so I could see what they would really look like. It made the world of difference and I ended up special ordering a ballgown to fit. It came in and the only thing I need to alter is the bust area! 

Post # 13
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m an inch taller and a size bigger than you and I ended up with a strapless sheath dress.   Don’t rule out a strapless dress yet.  It’s very hard to get a good idea when the sample dresses are several sizes too large.  My dress had a corset top with boning and a built in bra (based on my bra size) and fit perfectly.  A good bridal consultant will be able to pull dresses that flatter your figure.  I hated every dress the consultant from the first salon pulled and was a little down on myself.  The consultant from the second salon was awesome and everything she pulled was flattering.

Post # 14
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Historic Mansion

I would suggest an a-line. 

Post # 15
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

I also have a smaller frame and only 5’4″. I wore a strapless bra from Victoria’s Secret that adds cup size and gives a nice shape. They told me the seamstress can actually deconstruct the bra and sew it into the dress. Might be an option if you want fill out a strapless dress. 


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