Choosing the perfect dress for your wedding can be a daunting task. There are thousands of designs, shapes and shades of white to decide upon and at times, not much guidance on how to decide.
We’ve created a guide to wedding dress styles based on different body types. Whether you are short, tall, busty, petite or curvy there is a gorgeous dress out there for you – trust us!
What kind of body type are you?
For women with larger chests a V-neck dress will compliment your breasts whilst allowing them to sit comfortably throughout your big day. This isn’t to say that the V- Neck needs to be incredibly revealing but the V shape assists with showcasing your best assets.
Trumpet dresses are also a good option if you’d like to draw attention away from your cleavage. This style is nipped at the waist but widens out below the hips and in the shape of a trumpet. If you are tall and busty this is an ideal choice.
Avoid… a straight bodice as your bust may look constricted.
If you haven’t been granted the height genes – a scalloped shoulder detail can be a beautiful way of drawing the eye to the top half of your gown rather than your length. An intricate lace shoulder is a delicate addition to add to a simple white dress.
Avoid… gowns with too much length and width. Shorter women will look like the dress is wearing them rather than the other way around. Also know that there is nothing a good pair of heels can’t fix!
To compliment your statuesque figure, choose a dress with a lower waistline to enhance your longer body shape.
A mermaid shaped gown is a modern, sleek and sexy option for taller brides to be. This unique shape is figure hugging and will generally flare out around the knee. Watch that you don’t ‘overdo’ the mermaid style by adding excess ruffled material to the train.
Avoid… embellishments, big bows or over accessorising.
Small straps are the current wedding trend for petite women – highlighting the shoulders, bust and collarbone. Paired with fine jewellery, this look is a sure-fire way to look effortlessly stunning. A square or scoop bodice is recommended, especially those of us challenged in the bust area.
If you’d like to show off your small waist and slim figure the slip gown is a popular choice with some added character. Chic and incredibly unique, the Slip shape is a great dress for a warm destination wedding.
Column shaped dresses are also gorgeous on petite women. These fitted pieces with higher necklines will elongate your figure and suit smaller busted women.
Avoid…voluminous skirts as you don’t want the top half of your body looking lost.
Curves are are a woman’s best assets but you also want your wedding dress to highlight them in the right way. An Empire wedding gown would be an ideal choice as the skirt of the dress will often begin higher up the body, under the bust, flowing into a floor length number.
Alternatively, an A-line gown will suit your contour and if you are after a more romantic look be sure to investigate what structured dresses are out there with a corresponding lace overlay – this style can cloak fuller hips if this is your preference.
Avoid… Column dresses and Square bodices as well as Mermaid or trumpet dresses. This style will add width to your silhouette.
Whichever body type, the female form is one to be celebrated. You are bound to look stunning and we wish you luck in your decision making!