Post # 1
Hello fellow Bees!!
I am in a bit of dress dilemma 🙁 I can’t decide which dress I should get. I am hung up on a mermaid/fit and flare style dress like Mori Lee 1603 which I absolutely love because it’s so different, not expected and it’s not too busy and makes me look taller, but then I’m not sure if it’s the perfect fit for me because of my body type. 🙁 I have a bit of an odd shape in that I have broad shoulders like Kim Cattral, but I don’t have the big hips, I have the same measurements of Angelina Jolie minus the D cup breasts. I am a 34 B, with 34 hips and a 25 waist. So I’m not athletic, and I’m not Rectangle, I’m an Inverted Triangle, but I’m not an hourglass. I have no idea what dress I should choose. Should I go for the traditional ball gown A-line dress or just go for the dress that I love because of all it’s components?
Here is what I look like do anyone have any suggestions as to what would look best?? By the way I’m a little over 5 foot 3 inches.
Post # 3
I think you just have to take the plunge and start trying on some dresses, because thats the only way to see which ones look best on you. Its not just about what body shape you have but body proportions too
Post # 4
you have a long torso, so i would think maybe something to balance you out.
Post # 5
You do have a long torso and broad shoulders. From your picture I think something like a fit/flair or a dropped waist would compliment your fit body! =)
And I second the comment about trying on dresses.
I really was set on a style before dress shopping that I soon found did NOT work for me/body!
Post # 6
I have broad shoulders, am 5’2″, and my measurements are 32, 24, 35. I found that the natural waisted ballgowns looked the best on me because they gave me the hips I didn’t have. Mermaid gowns made me look straight all the way down and I didn’t like that. Natural waist ballgowns gave me a tiny waist while balancing out my broad shoulders and eliminating my non-existent hips.
Honestly, try on every single style and that’s the only way you’ll know what looks best on you. 🙂
Post # 7
Agree with others that you just need to try on. I will say that I also consider myself an inverted triangle, and the shape that worked best for me was dropped waist, full skirt. It emphasizes a trim midsection and kind of fakes curves on the bottom. Kind of like irin says about the full skirt, it gives you hips, or balances out the top. Definitely try on some mermaid/trumpet dresses just to be sure for yourself, though, because only you will know what looks and feels right for you.
Post # 8
I agree that you’ll have to try them on. A few people told me that they assumed that I would look good in a mermaid because I’m slim but what they didn’t think about is that I don’t have hips. Like the PP, I look straight all the way down in mermaids, not a good look on me. I joked that I looked like a white tube/ straw. haha. Oh and my shoulders looked too large. The natural waist did not flatter me at all and made me look even shorter (I’m 5’2″). As you see from PP, the natural waist was best on her and she’s 5’2″ as well. So that just goes to show that you really need to try all types on to see what will look best. I ended up with a dropped waist, A-line. The slight poof gives the illusion of some curves. 🙂
Post # 9
Agree that it’s hard to say without seeing you in the dress.
If you do go the fit and flare route, I’d recommend a sweetheart neckline to create some subtle cleavage and highlight the impression of curves.
Post # 10
I think the Mori Lee is very pretty..
You could always do something like this which is a fit and flair as well as a ball gown look…
Or i have always though this one pretty 🙂
I read that you cant go wrong with a Sweetheart neckline…..and ruching is also very attractive 🙂
Post # 11
Definetely agree that you need to try them on, but I can give you some things I found in my experience. I am 5’9″ broad shoulders and hippy (36-29-36). I found that a sweetheart or scooped neckline softened my shoulders, and that the mermaid really complimented my hips and accentuated their curve. If you want to appear more hourglass I’m not sure if a fit/flare would do it. But there is no way to tell without trying on. Go play dress up! 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks Bees! I have actually tried on many dresses, I would say about 25 or 30 and the problem is, that asthetically I love the Mermaid/fit and flare, because ball gowns take away from me, you just see the dress because I get lost in it, and I don’t like the look of A-lines I find them to be stiff looking ON ME. To anyone who has or had an A-line dress….please don’t be offended….because it probably looks fabulous on you. Just on me, the ones I tried I didn’t like. I don’t know if it was the store, or the consultant, I don’t know. I’m looking for something that is a bit different, not so cookie-cutter, that I wear, not that wears me, and makes me look taller. My fiance is 6’6 and with his shoes on he’s like 6’7.5 and there I am 5’3 3/4, even with my 3 inch shoes on I’ll still look short. 🙁 I don’t like a lot of detail, I like clean lines, some bling, but not overly to the point that it’s distracting. Besides, the more detail on the dress the more heavy I’ll look. A consultant told me that’s the downside to a lot of detailing. I like strategic rouching. So because of everything that I just said, the Mori-lee one fits the bill, but according to others, an A-line or ball gown is what I should go for if I’m worried about balancing out my shoulders. AGGGGRH. It’s so frustrating. Did anyone else ever have this problem, or something similar?
Post # 14
Pyma, by the way, the picture of the dress you suggested, that is beautiful. It looks to be taffeta, and unfortunately I don’t like taffeta, but I’d like to know the designer, maybe they have something I am looking for. The whole idea is spot on to what I want, thank you for that suggestion 🙂
Post # 15
I Love the Mori Lee 1603, it is my wedding dress. It is very flattering and as you mentioned as the right amount of details. Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero have several dresses similar in style that you may want to consider.