Most brides don’t know where to begin when choosing a wedding dress. The option known to most people is to just try a bunch of stuff on and hope for the best. One of the easiest ways to know where to start when looking for a wedding dress is if it should fit you right. This could be determined by knowing which body type you have and knowing which dresses would flatter you most on your big day!
Petite brides should avoid overwhelming their small frame. Choose airy sheaths and structured trumpet styles and avoid big, frothy ball gowns. Vertical panels will elongate a petite bride. On a V-neckline gown, draw the eye upward by using straps in order to elongate frame. An empire waistline fits a petite bride perfectly, it creates the illusion of long legs. Be cautious with dropped-waist or mermaid silhouette, go for slim and structured skirts and stay away from wide, poofy ones. A trumpet skirt’s continuous line and a high satin band stretch a petite bride’s stature. Always choose intricate embroidery, light beading and one-dimensional appliques so that the design doesn’t overwhelm the dress. A sheath’s continuous line creates the illusion of height.
Asymmetrical pleating and neckline-to-knee embellishments are a plus-sized bride’s best friend when wanting a fit-hugging gown. Opt for an empire waistline if you want to create a lengthening effect. A lace illusion neckline is both showy and conservative, and it’s an especially slimming look when paired with a cummerbund-style waistline. Have design details that draw the eyes inward, this minimizes waistline. A high neckline, sheath silhouette and slight train are the ultimate trio to help you look long and lean. If you want your middle area to look thin, use a dark-colored sash above the waistline. A Basque waistline emphasizes your hourglass figure.
A square neckline is most appropriate for busty brides in order to look less provocative. If you want to go strapless but are afraid it might be too revealing, go for a straight across. If you want to go with a sweetheart neckline, try one with straps and a full skirt to balance your busty frame. A structured off-the-shoulder neckline offers a subtle curve that minimizes a large bust. A sheer scoop neckline or anything that may be an illusion “too-revealing” top is a good way to go as well.
Highlight the narrowness of the midsection and steer away from the hips and thighs by having an A formation skin from the natural waist to the floor gradually flaring out. Use a sturdier fabric so they won’t cling to your assets. Fabrics such as duchesse satin and taffeta. If you want to showcase a more slender upper body, a spaghetti-strap bodice or a V neckline would do the trick.
Choose a dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it, something like ruche or lace detailing. This will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset-like effect. Draw eyes towards the vertical when slenderizing neckline, a deep V is more appropriate for your body type.
Always choose a simple silhouette. Try to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress reflects your longer proportions. Try a lower waistline or a floor-sweeping hem. If you want to wear long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. Or else this will make you look like you’ve borrowed a gown from someone shorter than you.
Put some emphasis to your waistline by adding a glitzy belt detail. If you’re eyeing on a feminine form, go for an exaggerated dropped waist and oversized tulle skirt. A pin tucked waistline can work wonders on your small midsection, even if it is very subtle. Get used to fit-and-flare since it is every curvy girl’s go-to silhouette. Hourglass is one of the only body types that can pull off a true mermaid silhouette — a style that flares out just below the knee.