(Closed) weird, short torsoed pear body shape and plus sized.. feeling frustrated.

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
288 posts
Helper bee

I feel like I have have a short torso as well (same height as you) but I carry more of my weight in my bust. I only tried on one gown that sounds similar to what you want, at David’s bridal. Maybe look there if you havent. I ended up with a ballgown with lots of fabric (lol) but the flowy one was my second fave.

Post # 3
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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theunicornprincess:  I’m sorry your shopping experience has been so frustrating! I’d consider my torso to be on the shorter size and my body is maybe an apple? I went to places that for sure carried plus size dresses of all styles. I did this by accident but it was the best accident. Being able to actually fit into a dress was really relieving. I think I tried on a couple dresses that were a sample size 10 and the minute I felt them hugging my hips, I could feel the insecurities coming on so I told them to take it off. I didn’t want to try to squeeze into a dress only to create an emotional roller coaster. My suggestion is to research places and designers that have plus sizes. Not all designers do only dresses with lots of fabric 🙂 Keep us posted! Good luck!

Post # 4
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I second the vote to go to David’s Bridal  They are one of the few bridal salons that carry plus sizes in multiple silhouettes.  Most bridal boutiques carry them in a-lines and ballgowns and maybe one mermaid if you’re lucky.  But still try on dresses at other salons.  You might find a designer that fits your proportions better than others.  Have you considered a two piece dress like a skirt and seperate corset from WTOO/Watters?  This would save you money on alterations in addition to the dress price.

Post # 5
10286 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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theunicornprincess:  did you try an empire waist? They often work well for us not very tall short waisted ladies! 

Here’s just an example: 

Post # 6
1746 posts
Bumble bee

I had a similar but opposite problem. I am short but have an extremely long torso, so my issue was straps on dresses not being long enough, “natural waist” things hitting like empire waist, dropped waist hitting mid stomach and so on and so forth. It was incredibly frustrating. 

I ended up buying a dress that was not meant to be an empire waist but fit like one, and then having it altered so it fit in a more flattering way.

I think you have to go into dress shopping with the full understanding that nothing is going to fit you properly, and just try and find things that have good bones…something that can be altered to fit you in a flattering way. 

Post # 7
4682 posts
Honey bee

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theunicornprincess:  Have you considered tea length? It would give you a flattering silhouette while not weighing a million pounds.

This dress is at David’s, and this bride on their site models it perfectly!

This one isn’t David’s, but it’s beautiful!

Post # 8
178 posts
Blushing bee

xxmegbugxx:  I know it’s not the dress you ended up with, but I literally said “that’s very pretty!” when I scrolled down to the second photo. I totally did not see that dress when I was shopping there

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Post # 9
178 posts
Blushing bee

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xxmegbugxx:  see my comment above.. for some reason the tag didn’t work

Post # 10
845 posts
Busy bee

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theunicornprincess:  I think an empire dress would look best on you. It’ll flatter your torso the best.

Post # 11
1814 posts
Buzzing bee

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Have you tried looking into plus size brands specifically? That way when you go to try-on the dresses in store odds are they will have a sample in a size that will work for you.

Julietta by Mori Lee


Julietta by Mori Lee 3157


Venus Women by Venus Bridal 8698


Venus Women by Venus Bridal 8684


Glamour Pluz by Roz La Klein ‘Peridot’


Glamour Pluz by Roz La Klein ‘Opal’


Glamour Pluz by Roz La Klein ‘Petal’


Glamour Pluz by Roz La Klein ‘Sophia’


Women by Allure Bridal W362


Women by Allure Bridal W282


Women by Allure Bridal W270


Callista ‘Milan’


Callista ‘Grenadines’


Callista 4208


Callista 4199




Post # 12
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Yes to David’s Bridal. I carry most of my weight in the stomach area and and empire waist dress was my life saver. I felt beautiful! My dress was the plus size chiffon a line with beaded lace on empire. Also so sorry my picture is so huge 

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Post # 14
215 posts
Helper bee

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theunicornprincess:  hey girl! I’m kinda in your boat, I’m also 5’3 and while I’m not plus I feel the short torso problem. I also carry most of my weight in my legs, with my waist being atleast 3-4 sizes smaller than my hips. I havent gone wedding dress shopping, but when I was younger at proms and pagents I exclusively wore empire waist. Definatley something you should look for! The less fabric, the better. Also, I found that strapless with a statement necklace draws attention away from my freakishly short torso.

Post # 15
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m also short-torsoed and quite pear-shaped, but I also have huge boobs (I’m hesitant to call myself hourglass as the styles usually recommended for hourglasses just don’t work on me). I have a body that is very difficult to dress so I feel your pain. I also found that long, “traditional” dresses just swamped me in fabric, so I ended up choosing a shorter dress that was comfortable and so much fun to wear:

Also, they’re an online shop only, but Igigi (http://www.igigi.com/plus-size-dresses/wedding-dresses/) has some lovely, flowy, plus-size wedding dresses:

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