(Closed) What dress works for my body type?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2937 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Honestly, I think that you are seeing something completely different when you look in the mirror than the rest of the world sees when they look at you. You don’t look particularly Helga-ish or semi-truck-wide to me.

Post # 3
578 posts
Busy bee

you have a beautiful figure! show it off 🙂

Post # 4
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I think you have a beautiful shape, and a sheath or fit-and-flare would look great on you 🙂

Post # 6
1214 posts
Bumble bee

goldfishnmuskie:  this is tagged under full-figured? A size 4/6 is not, is not, is not full-figured.

Post # 7
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant

Your figure is beautiful and I would show it off if I were you. My hips are much larger than my waist and I’m showing them off in a fit and flare gown. Why hide it? It took me years to get used to my larger hips but now I embrace them it’s what makes you a women.

Post # 8
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You have a beautiful shape. If your shoulders are your widest point, you just have to be careful with necklines: avoid halters, straight strapless (sweetheart seems to be fine), and off-the-shoulder dresses that cut you off at the widest point.

As PP have said, a mermaid will probably work to add some length, as will avoiding horizontal ruching. Other than that, try on some dresses and choose one that you love.

Post # 9
4224 posts
Honey bee

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Post # 10
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

goldfishnmuskie:  I agree with PP that your perception of yourself is entirely different from what others see.  That being said, I certainly understand bad body image, and I’d suggest something more a-line since you are body conscious. 

Post # 11
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

goldfishnmuskie:  Your hips are not semi-truck wide and you are not full figured. If you were for ex a 4 on top and an 8 on bottom, you’d be a pear. It doesn’t look like that to me…you look pretty straight up and down.

I think you look like a rectangle shape. Maybe you could look up what would flatter your real body shape?

Post # 12
2735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think you just have to try every shape on, take pictures,  & then come back & ask us. It’s so difficult to tell otherwise. I’m a tall-ish slender girl with a slightly athletic build & everyone wanted to put me in a more fitted gown bc they said I have the perfect body for it. However, I personally feel like they made me look too straight up & down. For more fitted gowns do really well on girls that have curves in their hips where the waist goes in & then comes out curving around the hips…more like an hour glass.  Well I don’t have that. Yes my waist is smaller than my hips, but not enough where a thick wedding dress actually shows it. They just didn’t work well on my body. I wanted them to, but they didn’t.  Now, a drop waist ball gown gave me that hour glass appearance, and I loved that. So it’s honestly very difficult to tell until you actually see the dress on you.

Post # 13
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Uhhhh “full-figured”? I’m with ClaudiaKishi on this one. 

Post # 14
2691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

goldfishnmuskie:  I can’t tell if you have body dysmorphic disorder, or if you are fishing for compliments. If you Sincerely believe the things you are saying, you need counseling, not fashion advice. 

Post # 15
2852 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree with franklymydearidont – I think if anything you may be a rectangle shape, as it doesn’t look to me that you have an overly defined waist compared to your hips. I definitely don’t think you are a pear shape, put it that way.

I would suggest looking at a-lines, as I think they’re the best choice for a girl who doesn’t like wearing dresses, as they’re not overly fussy or dramatic and they’re guaranteed to make you look skinny. They’ll also make you look taller. if you choose an a-line with some kind of fullness in the skirt, they’ll also balance out your top half.

You could also look at a-lines with a slightly dropped waist, or those with a slimmer fit that are more like sheaths.

There’s no reason why you can’t try on mermaids or really fitted dresses, but in my opinion those dresses look better on girls with really obvious curves.

It’s possible that your relatively straight waistline is what’s making you not like dresses – a dress that looks good on curvier girls might just sort of hang there on you, and if that dress doesn’t define your waist in some way it’s going to make you look larger.  On the other hand, bridal dresses are not like your normal kind of dress and the good ones have all kind of tricks to make you look awesome. So when you try them on, you may be completely surprised!

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