What dress shape works for me??

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gingerpeach99 Posts : 5 Registered: 12/29/08
What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Dec 31, 2008 12:31 PM

Hi ladies!

I'm going to this weekend to try on gowns and I'm a little worried about what kind of dress is going to work for me. Definitely not a dress up type of girl, I'm more of a t-shirt and jeans, so this is a whole new world for me!

I think that I'm smaller on top, so I don't have a lot of boobs and I definitely have hips and butt (Not quite J-Lo). My waist is the smallest part of me.

What kind of dress do you think works?

I was looking at a few from Alfred Angelo... What do you think about the shape of the dresses? Would any of these work for me? Thanks for your help!!

style 1

Style 2

Style 3

Style 4


BirdLover Posts : 2,834 Registered: 3/30/06
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Dec 31, 2008 12:53 PM Go to message in response to: gingerpeach99

My shape sounds very similar to you. Heavier on bottom, small waist, small boobs.

First of all, halter tops look great on all different chest sizes. Depending on exactly how small your chest is, strapless dresses might not look so good, or they might look great depending on the exact style (in other words, be picky about how a strapless dress looks...you might not have a lot to "hold it up", but some are designed better than others). I actually bought a strapless dress but added straps to it, only because I don't like the strapless look...but it would have been fine even without straps and my small chest.

As for overall style...look for anything that is "fitted" on the top (to show off your smaller waist) and flows AWAY from the body at the hips. It can be a flowy material or a poofy one, doesn't matter.

Dresses that looked horrible on me? Ones that were faily straight cut (ie the bottom of the skirt was only as wide as the width at the hips). And Mermaid dresses...they are evil with this body shape, because they REALLY emphasize your hips.

A lot of the dresses you posted are probably good ideas. Just try on a variety of styles anyway, even if, on the hanger, you aren't sure about the dress. The more the better!

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker


gingerpeach99 Posts : 5 Registered: 12/29/08
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Dec 31, 2008 1:03 PM Go to message in response to: BirdLover

Thanks for the help:) I have been considering the halter top styles too because I get really worried about having to pull up a strapless gown all night long. Had to do it when I was a bridesmaid and I vowed never to do it again!

But the halter is probably the best of both worlds. I don't have to have sleeves and don't have to have strapless. Although, I'm getting married in November and I'm not sure what kind of wrap would work with a halter dress. I think I would need one in case of bad weather.


bridetobe000 Posts : 29 Registered: 12/24/07
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Jan 3, 2009 2:19 AM Go to message in response to: gingerpeach99

what about this dress? this halter is very lovely front and back:


gingerpeach99 Posts : 5 Registered: 12/29/08
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Jan 5, 2009 10:55 AM Go to message in response to: bridetobe000

Oh I do love the back on that one! Good catch!


classydame Posts : 91 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Jan 5, 2009 12:36 PM Go to message in response to: gingerpeach99

Ooo, all the dresses u posted look like they would work, except maybe the 3rd one. I wouldnt do a dropped waist like that, where it creates a horizontal line right across your hips, cuz it will draw attention right there and emphasize it.

Believe it or not, you can do strapless if you like. Your boobs are not what hold up a strapless dress, your waist is, and with the shape you described, you should have no problem holding one up. Trust me, I do alterations on wedding gowns for a living, and I've seen every shape and size of woman wear a strapless dress. If it feels like its falling, it needs to be taken in. To prove it to yourself, if you try on a strapless dress you love, and you feel like its slipping, do this: grab the top and pull it up to where u feel like it should sit. Then while youre still holding it there, have someone else grab the extra fabric at the sides in the waist/hip area, so that the dress feels fitted there. Then you let go. The dress wont fall if its taken in properly through the waist and hips.

I agree with the first commenter about mermaid shapes: http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?page=1&style=J1251CSLUHC and sheaths: http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3201&prodgroup=10 . They will definitely emphasize the size of your hips. I would stick with silhouettes more free through the hips like A-line: http://www.morilee.com/DressDetail.aspx?C=1&D=2314&P=1 or ballgown: http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?showAll=1&style=A3098 .

Also think about ways you can use the design of the dress to balence out your shape. For example, a V-neck would give an illusion of width on the top to balence out the width of the hips: http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=4098&prodgroup=10 . An off-the-shoulder style would do the same: http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3945&prodgroup=10 .
A crumb-catcher: http://www.edenbridals.com/2290-p-1273.html or ruching ("roo-shing"): http://www.impressionbridal.com/pop_up.php?style=2803.jpg could also give the illusion of more fullness in the bust area. And you've got a good idea with the one pic u posted of the gown with the colored band at the waist. Anything that forms a V shape under the bust or outlines the bust will emphasize it: http://www.foreverbridals.com/gownpix.asp?Style=48245 .

That's all I can think of for now, but I hope it helps! Really the best thing you can do is just dive right in and try a bunch of different things on, including things you dont even think you will like, because you never know! It's not like you've worn wedding gowns before or ever will again, so just have fun with it! :)

Edited by: classydame on Jan 5, 2009 12:41 PM


meg890 Posts : 8 Registered: 11/17/08
Re: What dress shape works for me??
Posted: Jan 5, 2009 3:11 PM Go to message in response to: gingerpeach99

Style 2 is going to make your waist look extra small!! Very feminine and cute.

Style 4 is just a gorgeous dress altogether.

I'm not a huge fan of the halter dress at all. I actually haven't seen a wedding dress that was a halter top that I've liked. It reminds me of prom in High School. And I'm definitely about delicate designes and what not other than lots of beading and such.

"You can either be wise and happy, or stupid and miserable."



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