It’s very difficult to get an idea of what different styles of dresses look like when you are not 6ft4 and size 0 (whatever that means…. according to goggly woggly it varies but the  most consistent is that it is an Australian size 4).  Once you get to a size 10 here in Australia, the size is is one different, so an Australian Size 10 = American Size 12 = UK Size 12. Anyway all of this is thrown out the window when it comes to wedding dresses anyway.  So I am an hourglass shape (I have also just discovered that potentially I am not since it has to be a 10inch difference between your waist and bust/hips and mine is only 8inches, but I am going to call myself an hourglass anyway).  I am an American size 20 (or I was when photos were taken). I am including all my measurements below, so if you are a similar size and shape, this can give you a reasonably painless idea of what different dress shapes will look like on your body.

I haven’t chosen any of these dresses for my wedding and life is changing for us right now, so I won’t be the same size as this for our wedding anyway.

Measurement        Metric    Imperial
Weight                     98kg         215.6lb
Height                     158cm     5 ft 3

Bust                         122cm     48 1/32
Waist                       103cm     40 9/16
Hips                         125cm     49 3/16
Shoulders               113cm      44 8/16
Arm  (Widest)       41cm        16 2/16

Hollow to Floor     130cm      51 3/16
Nipple to Nipple   26cm        10 1/2
Arm Length           54cm         21 1/4
Shoulder Points    38cm        15
Nape to Waist        40cm        15 3/4
Waist to Floor       92cm         36 1/4

Ok on to the photos  – I have cut out my face in these photos, I didn’t exactly pose for these and some of the faces I was pulling were hilarious, but a little too embarassing so I have removed them. Look at  it this way, you can probably photoshop your head on them and see what they look like 😀

In no particular order…

 

Simple Empire Waist Dress in Georgette Type Fabric on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Simple Empire Waist Dress in Georgette Type Fabric

I decided that if I became pregnant prior to the wedding I would purchase this dress. It is a bridesmaid dress in white. Simple Elegant and pretty. Added Bonus Bridesmaid dresses take less time to order in and are considerably cheaper (this was $300 ish compared to $3000 ish).

Long Traditional Full Lace Dress With Cap Sleeves on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Long Traditional Full Lace Dress With Cap Sleeves

 

onTea Length Beaded Bodice with Tulle Skirt  Short Hourglass Plus Size

Tea Length Beaded Bodice with Tulle Skirt

Yes… those heels are 5inches LOL… I can barely walk in them.  I was (am) in love with the idea of a tea length dress. No store we went to had one in anywhere near my size.  (They can try to fit you in anything these women are like magicians!)  The bodice is far too short for my body shape – It would be a bit longer in a larger size, but not a lot.  I had a bit of a cry after I fitted this dress on (and after I left the shop) I was so set on this style and as you can tell it really isn’t the best look is it?  It is very tough to get an idea from a dress that is 5 sizes to small though. Keep that in mind if this happens to you.  Some of the styles can give you a great impression, by being held up by the shop assistant, clips, elastic or whatever contraptions are at hand.  This style isn’t really one of them.

Short Length Full Lace A-Line on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Short Length Full Lace A-Line

Another problem with super small sizes and trying to assess them are the armholes, I remember these being super tight and uncomfortable – but they even have some tricks for that.

Full Length Princess Line Ruched Bodice Tulle Overlay on short Hourglass Plus size

Full Length Princess Line Ruched Bodice Tulle Overlay

So the trick is (as you can see above) is to fold down the top of the bodice into the bustline so you don’t need to put your arms in the sleeves.  So this dress was a bit more modest.  If you are built like me, I like my cleavage and the fact that I have a defined waist.  I don’t mind my calves either but they are not to be seen here. So anyway, my features need to be featured, no point in covering up my favourite bits of myself right?

Mermaid Shaped Dress with Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Mermaid Shaped Dress with Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt Front

So I said I liked longer bodice, but this really didn’t work, it looked okay from the back though, even with the size discrepancy and ‘modesty panel’ that needed to be used for fitting.

Mermaid Shaped Dress with Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt Front on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Mermaid Shaped Dress with Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt Front

I also am proud of my ink, and want a dress that will show it.  These photos were taken in late May (nearly winter here in Australia) the tan lines are from a bad (very bad) case of sunburn in early March.  Our wedding is in March next year around the same time I need to make sure there is no sunburn or that I go around totally naked to have no tan lines visible  ha ha.  I am also getting my tattoo refreshed so looking forward to that!

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline

Oh I wanted to put this on the minute I entered the shop. It was a little small but closed and wow fitting on a dress like this makes you really feel amazing.  Now looking back at it and with comments from my Man of Honor (my youngest brother) it does look like a toilet brush doesn’t it?  A very lavish toilet brush.  My apologies to the designer, it is a beautiful dress, and for all my non-traditional whining I loved it. Be prepared for how awesome it is fitting on dresses that you would not normally even try.

So lots more photos in this one…

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline Side Angle

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline with Gold Ribbon Sash on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline with Gold Ribbon Sash

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline with Bling Belt Under Bust on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline with Bling Belt Under Bust

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline - Rear on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Ruched Bodice Cascading Frills (Fru Fru) Dress with Sweetheart Neckline – Rear

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress with Contrast Sweetheart Bodice and Lace Straps on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress with Contrast Sweetheart Bodice and Lace Straps

Beaded Bodice Tulle Skirt Princess Dress   on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Beaded Bodice Tulle Skirt Princess Dress

This dress made me feel like a princess in a fairy tale 😀

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 1 on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 1

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 1 - Rear on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 1 – Rear

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 2  on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Spanish Lace Princess Line Dress Style 2

 

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress Asymmetrical Ruched Bodice with Sweetheart Neckline in Satin - on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress Asymmetrical Ruched Bodice with Sweetheart Neckline in Satin

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress Asymmetrical Ruched Bodice with Sweetheart Neckline in Satin - Rear on Short Hourglass Plus Size

Alfred Angelo A-Line Dress Asymmetrical Ruched Bodice with Sweetheart Neckline in Satin – Rear

This dress was actually a little too big (from memory a US 20 W)  I think the front is extremely flattering. Not so sure about the back, but not so sure that would be an issue when the front is so lovely.

So on these trying on days, I went to 3 other stores where photos were not allowed. Overall I was not very excited about my size and going to try on dresses having heard lots of horror stories. I had good support people with me and psyched myself up on both days for this arduous task, but everyone was really quite lovely and even if (like me) you are not super comfortable with your body and others getting to look at you and gawk all day it is well worth the experience of trying and it does really help you to figure out what you want in relation to dresses.  In about 20 weeks or so, you will get to see what I chose.

I hope this post helps someone who is thinking about not fitting on dresses to go or helps someone order a particular shape of dress online because they are generally my size and shape.
Happy Wedding to you! (and me)