Post # 1
New bee here 🙂 I want to get started on dress shopping, but have literally NO clue what styles would be the most flattering on me. I tried doing an online “body shape calculator” thing so I could see what dress shapes would be recommended for my shape, and it said that my shape wasn’t one of the options?? What the heck?! Anyway… pics of me (in skivvies, yikes haha) as well as my measurements. I’d love some input… I don’t know where to start and don’t want to go try things on that will look terrible and then just feel bad about myself. Help?
Measurements are: 5’6″ tall, shoulders 40″, bust 39″ (34DD), waist (narrowest) 31″, waist (bellybutton) 41″…that’s bad I think.., hips 43″, thighs 25-26″ each.
This is super awkward but I have pretty bad body image and don’t want to spend my first dress session in tears in a fitting room. So thanks in advance for your input!! 🙂
Post # 2
I think you won’t know until you try them on. Many dresses have great inner corsets or structure so you would be surprised. You carry some weight in your stomach so I (personally) would avoid a mermaid style but that’s because my eyes always focus right in on someone’s midsection especially from a side view. Go try them on at your local David’s Bridal and show us some pics! I’m not sure why you would cry just from trying them on unless you get some wicked consultant. If that alone would make you cry then you may want to speak to someone about that.
Post # 3
I think an A-Line skirt with a bit of structure in the bodice would be lovely on you! I’d start there and then feel your way around other styles.
Post # 4
A-line with natural waist and straps
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do your first dress shopping experience at Davids bridal. I personally didn’t like how ANY of their dresses fit. I don’t know if it’s the fabrics or the styles or how they’re made. I would go to a place that carries Allure (or Maggie Sottero, Casablanca). Their dresses are amazing, fit well, gorgeous, & are decent priced. This is just my personal opinion but I feel like they are a better quality. If your budget is more flexible then go right up to lazaro, ines De santo, Victor harpor & other better quality gowns. It just seems ‘ to me’…my own opinion, that the better quality dresses fit better overall. Again, this was just my personal experience.
Post # 6
wannabeawifey: I’d go a-line. The think it is most flattering on nearly everyone!!
Post # 7
I think you’ve got a nice hourglass shape and you would look good in MANY styles! It’s really going to be hard to tell until you go in person and try some on. Trial and error I suppose is the best way to describe it. I know one of the PP’s said not to go to davids bridal, but honestly, some of their dresses DO look great on different bodies! I’m not sure what your style is, but a gown I’ve seen look good on almost every person that tries it on is this one:<br /><br />http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-Lace-A-line-Gown-with-Side-Split-YP3344_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Trend-Lacy-Looks
I’ve seen it on a couple brides IRL and they all looked gorgeous. The shape of it would be super flattering on you!
Post # 8
I’d say aline, but I just love the shape and thinks it looks good on everyone, but you should try on everything! I actually think David’s is great for that. I didn’t buy my dress there, but they have a more relaxed environment and you can try a lot of dresses on quickly. It was great for- I had no idea what I wanted or what I would look good in and I ended up not finding my dress but knowing what I wanted.
Post # 9
You have my body!!!!!! Body double!
Go A-line!!!! I promise. A LINE.
Post # 10
I was going to tell you I have a similiar body style and a-line worked best for me but I see I’ve been beaten to it 🙂
Post # 11
wannabeawifey: you know you can read and reasearch about best dresses for your body, and you can only try on what something online told you, but unless you tried on many different styles you wont know. I think first you just need to tell yourself your ok with seeing yourself with different styles, and you do not have to be insecure about it. YOu do not have to commit to a style that does not suit you, you arejust trying it on. You never know, maybe a ballgown looks better then a a-line. Or maybe straps look better then strapless.
Post # 12
Peanut-Sue: I think the db suggestion is simply due to the fact that they have SOO many different styles to try on unlike smaller bridal shops that cater to a smaller number of designers that specialize in a certain “look”. I don’t think anyone will argue that DB’s quality is similar to higher end designers. But for fast style checking, they can’t be beat and they tend to be found all across the country.
That being said, I am a label lover and ended up getting my dress at davids after visiting some very high end salons. I am pleased with the quality but I wanted simple.
Post # 13
wannabeawifey: props to you, you look great! You’ll never know what style looks good on you till you go try on a bunch.
Post # 14
Another vote for a-line! I def think you’ll have the best luck with a corset style a-line. Def try them ALL though, even if it’s just so you have some confirmation that you didn’t pass on any other styles that you may have liked better. You don’t want to pick a dress based on what posters here say and than get the dreaded “dress regret” because you didn’t try enough different styles on.
Post # 15
I’m going to go against the grain & say try on a mermaid. I think your hour glass figure is so pretty & feminine- I would show it off!