Post # 16
You look healthy and fantastic- don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Agree w PP about not taking your mother shopping with you if possible. Also, if you haven’t gone shopping yet, try on a variety of styles and silhouettes. I ended up with something really different than I envisioned, so you’ll never know until you try. Good luck!
Post # 17
My mom is very honest with me and I appreciate it. I normally see what she sees in pictures AFTERWARD and I find myself thinking, “I wish I would have trusted her!”
You have a GREAT body, but if she is seeing something that you don’t, ask her to take a photo so you can see if you see it too. I tried on some fitted gowns and while I loved my figure in the mirror and from certain angles (and even my mom liked it), I looked at a photo front on and realized that my waist to hip ratio just doesn’t work (25 waist and 32 hip and chest). So technically I’m hourglass, but I have NO booty and the fitted gown just wasn’t flattering. The fitted gown made me look wider. When I chose a ballgown, we were all amazed at the difference. The fitted was beautiful, but the fuller skirt did wonders.
I am sure (or I hope) your mother has no ill intentions. She may just be opposed to a tight gown in general and is trying to talk you out of it?
Take pictures from every angle and only then should you purchase a gown!
Oh and my first thought was, “dang she has great legs!”
Post # 18
I’m pear shaped and your body looks similar to mine where the the hips are the biggest part of the body. I think padding would make you look super bottom heavy, DON’T USE PADDING. Don’t listen to your mom, you have the body and curves for the mermaid. I recommend not taking your mom dress shopping, you need to get a dress that you love and your mother’s negative body issues will just cloud your judgement. Also trying on different dress types is always recommended, a lot of brides will go in thinking they want one type of dress and come out with something else.
I usually trying to guess body shape by looking at the bust to waist to hip ration.
Apple: bigger bust and belly, smaller hips
Hour glass: bigger bust and hips in equal ratio (or near to it), smaller waist
Pear: bigger hips, smaller bust and waist (I’m a 30 in bust, 27 in waist, and 37.5 in hips)
Rectangle: is pretty much straigth up and down. Bust and hips about around the same, and so are the waist. Which you don’t look like AT ALL
Post # 19
I think you are “beautiful” shape.
your mom is not a stylist and she doesn’t understand what a corset can do to bring out curves. So given her body issues, I would leave her criticisms behind.
Your gorgeous figure will look amazing in the right dress. Take a good supportive but honest friend shopping. Take pictures. enjoy the process because in the right dress you will feel confident and beautiful:-)
Post # 20
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
You look great, you do have a waist and I think you can probably pull off any style. Just try all different styles on, because I think it’s impossible to know what you’ll like on you until you see it first hand.
Post # 21
Sigh. I’m in the tactless mom camp as well! We’re going dress shopping this weekend so I’m hoping she keeps it nice!
I vote that you are a pear. Your hips are bigger than your waist and bust so now padding needed for them! I might suggest wearing some sort of waist shaper though just to really get that exaggerated hourglass shape in the dress you want.
Also, if your arms allow you to carry things and your legs take you from one place to another, they definitely don’t suck!
Post # 22
you have an amazing shape. We must have the same mom. Ugh dont listen to her
Post # 23
You have a great, well proportioned body. I’m sure you’ll look lovely in any silhouette!
Post # 24
Being a rectangle isn’t a bag thing! There are tons of people with nice boddies who are all of the shapes above, hourglass, pears apples etc. The reason I’d agree you are a rectagngle is because your curves aren’t prominent.
Here are the characteristics typical of a Rectangle body shape:
Your bust and hips are approximately at the same width
You have little or no waist definition
Your waist measures from 1″ to 8″ smaller than the bust
If you gain weight, typically, the pounds would distribute evenly throughout your body frame
You can put your measurements in an online tool to be 100% sure. I thought I was an hourglass my whole life and that’s what people kept telling me but based on my measurements I’m actually a prea. Regardless you can be sexy with any body shape!
Post # 25
I’d say rectangle. But we are all varying degrees of our shape and often fall between two different ones. You do have a visible waist so you’re not an extreme rectangle. It also looks like you are a little bit high waisted. Your shape looks a lot like mine. I was shocked to find that trumpet style gowns look great on me. I’m a firm believer that any shape can wear most any silhouette, it’s just a matter of finding the particular dress(es) for you. One mermaid may look not so great and the next look fab. And wedding gowns especially are miracle garments, you won’t believe what they do for your body.
Your arms & legs don’t suck! Nothing sucks. And rectangle is as good as the next shape. I do think a true trumpet might suit you better than a true mermaid but all dresses have their own scale, cut and choice of style description. One maker might call their dress a trumpet while the next maker calls their dress of the same lines a mermaid. So just try on a bunch, or as many as it takes. good luck!
Post # 26
- Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017
I know. I don’t have any sisters and my younger brother is my Maid/Matron of Honor (man of honor) and I doubt he’d care as far as dresses go. I have 2 bridesmaids who I might be able to get to come with me and my brothers girlfriend might be able to come but she goes to a school about 2-3 hours north so idk about that.
That makes a lot of sense as far as what to do with my mom but I’m not sure I’m willing to deal with the repercussions, I mean she flipped when she thought I didn’t tell her I was trying on bridesmaid dresses.
Post # 27
- Wedding: February 2016 - Church by the beach,
I disagree you should totally take your mum she is your mum its not her fault she speaks her mind I m someone who thinks that is an excellent trait. I wish I could have my mum dress shop with me and mine likes different things to me. Also sometimes a harsh criticism is a great thing I mean if you find a dress you both love then its definitely the one she doesn’t sound like she would let you choose anything that doesn’t make you look beautiful.
Post # 28
I think you’d look great in a mermaid dress.