Know Your Body Shape
Instead of trying on racks of dresses and wasting an hour-long appointment to find the perfect fit, distinguish first your body shape so you can narrow down your options. Here we have compiled a quick guide of knowing your body types, what you need to avoid and the styles recommended for your body shape as well as your personality.
You have a pear-shaped body if your hips are wider than your shoulders and/or bust. Enhance your neckline and hide your hips by looking for a bridal gown that highlights your midsection. Go for A-line skirts or ball gowns to soften your hips and avoid pleating and mermaid silhouettes as they are known to make your hips look larger.
Having shoulders, bust and hips that are roughly the same sizes whilst showcasing a waistline that is at least 25% smaller than your hips mean that you have an hourglass shape. For this kind of body type, you would want to emphasise your small waist so choose body hugging dresses like a corset or dresses with an exaggerated dropped waist.
Picking out the right neckline is the key if you are looking for the perfect wedding dress for a body with large breasts. Avoid skinny straps as well as plunging necklines and choose a dress with a scooped or sweetheart neckline with something that offers more support.
Go for a ruched bodice or a gown with a plunging neckline to create the illusion of curves if you have a small bust. Lightly padded halter styles will also help fill out your upper body, but steer clear from wedding dresses with sweetheart necklines.
Straight or Athletic
You’ve got a straight or an athletic body type if your shoulders, bust and hips are roughly the same sizes and your waist isn’t much smaller from them. Create the illusion of curves by going for a ball gown or a sheath dress.
A body with a full waist and slim arms and legs is considered an apple-shaped. Pick a bodice that accentuates a deep V neckline to draw eyes vertically instead of horizontally. A bridal gown that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline whilst flaring out into a gradual A shape would be a smart choice.
If you have a taller frame, look for a wedding dress that will reflect your longer proportions to emphasise your natural shape. If you’re wearing a silhouette with long sleeves, ensure that they will go past your wrists.
Stay away from dresses that are too detailed if you have a petite frame and choose simple, fitted wedding dresses without ruffles or full skirts so the fabric won’t overwhelm your small frame. To create the illusion of height, look for a column dress, modified A-line gowns or a trumpet style.
Wedding Dress Silhouettes
With a variety of styles and designs to choose from, here are six of the most acknowledged wedding dress silhouettes that are specifically suited to different body types.
- Empire Gown
- Ball Gown
- Sheath Gown