I was considering getting an a-line dress for my wedding, but I’m not 100% sure about the way those dresses fit my body type (I have an hour glass figure with a small waist). I’ve tried on a-line dresses before but sometimes they don’t look as good on me because I don’t have a petite frame (I’m 5’8 and around 155 pounds) so my body doesn’t look as great due to the cut of the dress. I can’t help but think a mermaid gown might be better since they are more form-fitting and the bodice is longer which could accentuate my curves a little more. Does anyone else have an hourglass figure? What silhouettes looked best when you tried them on?
I’m hourglass figure, same weight and height too! I found fit and flare was the best for my body type. The mermaid style made me feel too hippy, I ended up with a trumpet style fit and flare. I did also try a ball gown style, which was amazing, it was just too flashy for me. I did not like any A line styles.
Try a mermaid or fit and flare. I went against that because I have hips and butt for days and sadly I can easily look like a sausage lol. You will need to get alterations though which is another reason why I went against it but that is a nice silhouette and you should try it. My first dress was A line and my current one is ball gown. It will be easier on the day of if I gain a little weight which I do not plan to because weight goes to my hips first.
We are basically built the same! I shy away from mermaid because I was always told that very few people can pull them off and I didn’t want to risk being bloated and having my stomach area look blah. I ended up getting an A line dress. The belt accentuates the waist line. I just love how elegant my dress looks 😍
If you’re an even hourglass, a fit & flare or mermaid can look great. If you’re much heavier in the bottom, a mermaid (or trumpet can really accentuate that which might not be what you want). Do try on several different styles! Even a mermaid can fit differently.
I'm about the same size as you (just one inch taller) and got an a-line dress. It's a less full a-line and might be better classified as a sheath, but I say try on an a-line and maybe some other silhouettes. Here's the one I got
I would just go try on as many silhouettes as you can and don't go into it with any preconceived notions. I had an image in my head of what I wanted (and what online told me would look best) and I got something totally different. It doesn't hurt to go to 2-5 salons and try as many dresses (shapes, necklines, colors, fabrics, etc.) as you can.
I'm more pear, but was surprised at how good trumpet silhouettes looked on my fuller bottom half. Might be worth a shot if you're up for showing off your figure.