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What is the best dress shape for an hour glass figure?

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chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 13:49:09

I'm looking for a dress for my non traditional wedding next year. Any style as long as it looks like it's for something special.

I'm slightly bigger on top than I am on the bottom (so 14 on top and 12 on bottom). I love vintage styles but can't decide which suit my shape best. Any ideas at all would be much appreciated. Thank you.

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 13:50:14

Sorry I should have said I'd prefer it not to be white or cream.

MagratGarlik Thu 02-Jul-15 13:51:54

'50's style - fitted on top, down to the waist and flared out from the waist. Absolutely love this style, so feminine and flattering.

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 13:59:22

So glad you said that Magrat because that was the style I was thinking of. The thing is I just had a dress made in a similar style and it doesn't look that great on me. However, I think it's slightly too short in the bodice and too short overall.

gotredonyou Thu 02-Jul-15 14:49:28

I am hourglass and have gone for an a line style wedding dress with a defined waist. It's fitted around the bust and torso then from the hips it flares out which disguises my bigger hips/bum/thighs.

TriJo Thu 02-Jul-15 14:51:00

I wore a 50s style circle dress from Vivien of Holloway for mine in May. Mine was ivory and lacy, but you can get them in loads of different colours and a few different fabrics. My bridesmaids wore the same dress, without a petticoat, in navy.

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 14:51:45

That sounds gorgeous gotredonyou. I'm just second guessing myself because this new dress I have (not a wedding one) is similar to the shape I was after and I'm not so sure now!

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 14:53:03

TriJo, that's the sort of era I love. Did they make it to your measurements?

TriJo Thu 02-Jul-15 14:58:12

Nope, I got one off the shelf and then had it altered down slightly to fit me a month before the wedding. Dress was £99, bolero £30, petticoat £55 ish, alterations £25 in the dry cleaners next door to the store.

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 15:04:09

Thank you so much, I'm going to look at that right away!!

cathyandclaire Thu 02-Jul-15 18:48:54

This company Chotronette made DD's prom dress to measure. They're from Romania so no trying on or anything and I was a bit paranoid that it would be a disaster. It was perfectly made and finished, we were really impressed.Lots of fifties shapes too. I've linked to a green one but there's loads...

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 20:13:28

Cathyandclaire, I saw that website a few months ago and thought the dresses were beyond gorgeous, absolutely stunning. The thing is I just had a dress made to measure from Etsy and though it fitted me perfectly it really doesn't suit me! I don't feel comfortable doing that without the option to try on as you can't really return it though. That site is unbelievably beautiful though.

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 20:14:30

Ok, this is weird!!!! I clicked on the link.....that is the exact dress I wanted!!!

cathyandclaire Thu 02-Jul-15 21:43:01

It's destiny!
I can't tell you how gorgeous DD's dress is...but i think you should go to a fabulous dress shop and try on all sorts of shapes and styles and see what type of dress suits you the best.
Then you can safely order a dress, it took three weeks to get ours but you need to be sure that you wouldn't prefer a wiggle style instead.
How exciting!

chewymeringue Thu 02-Jul-15 21:51:27

It is so exciting! I so enjoyed looking at the exquisite dresses on that site again! Thank you x

RaisingSteam Thu 02-Jul-15 22:25:53

It depends a bit on your height and proportions, I'm very short-waisted so I struggle with those 50's style full skirt dresses. They look like the skirt is coming from straight under my boobs. I'm better with a princess line fitted dress or a "wiggle" dress. But if you are taller and can carry off all that fabric it might be different.

Maybe try on a load of dresses to work out what shape is best and then look for a special dress in that shape.

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