Choosing your wedding dress is most likely going to be one of your key moments as a bride to be. It has to be perfect in every way, yet the search to track down ‘the one’ can occasionally prove more difficult than you envisaged. The bridal gown you fell in love with when leafing through the wedding magazines which you were so certain was going to give you butterflies in your tummy and tears when you tried it on, may not work for you, no matter how amazing it looked on the model.
A good starting point is to work out what body shape you are. Most models you see wearing wedding dresses in the magazines are a ‘triangle’ shape, however the vast majority of us ladies are shaped like a pear. Once you have sussed out the shape you are it will make the whole experience of dress shopping more fulfilling. You will look more beautiful and feel at ease in a bridal gown that flatters your figure and suits your body shape. So find your shape, find your style and let us help you find that dress!
Pear Shaped is the most common body shape. If your hips are wider than your shoulders and your waist is shapely, then we suggest you opt for a fairly full A line shape skirt to hide your hips with a strapless fitted bodice to show off your upper half. Diagonal ruching and draping on the bodice accentuates your waist. Empire lines are also a great option. Bias, mermaid and straight cut dresses will draw too much attention on your hips as will gathered and pleated skirts.
Hourglass figures have a very well defined waist with an ample bust and curvy hips. If you are a slim hourglass a fishtail shape could look amazing. Don’t go for an empire line style which will not show off your best features, instead opt for a gown that shows off your tiny waist. Like a two piece or corseted gown. An A line skirt, or dropped waist would work beautifully. Sweetheart necklines would emphasise your bust line.
Apple shapes are curvy and voluptuous, with full breasts and a round bottom and hips usually with a bit of a tummy. To hide your waist and give you a lean look we would suggest an empire line gown. A princess gown will hide your bottom half and an A line dress with a dropped waist in another fabulous option. Don’t go for a basque style gown which will draw too much attention to your middle area.
If you’re a Rectangle shape your shoulders and hips are around the same sort of width and you barely have a waist. The types of styles that would flatter you include structured and corseted bodices with a fuller skirt to give an illusion of a tinier waist. If you are tall then go for bias cuts and empire lines. Do keep detail either above the waist or below.
Triangle or cone shapes are what most models tend to be, with shoulders that are wider than the hips. From very full ball gowns to straighter style dresses, this shape can take most dress styles, hence why all the dresses look so good on the models. Pah! A smaller chest can look more flattering in high cut necks and halter necks, whilst accentuating the hips and shoulders. To give a curvier silhouette look out for bows or bustles around the hip area on the gown.
Slim brides are able to pull off sheath style wedding dresses and fitted high neck designs, whilst beading or embroidery in key areas, or a fitted bodice with a large skirt can create the illusion of curves.
If you are of a petite stature then simple clean contours will make you appear taller. A large dress can be too overpowering and ball gown and mermaid styles could swamp your delicate features. A-line narrow styles suit your frame.
Brides with some height on the other hand are fortunate enough to carry off virtually all dress styles from mermaid to princess style, although empire line gowns can have a tendency to make you look ‘tent like’.
Top heavy brides should invest in a bridal corset, they can work wonders and you will be amazed at the difference it creates! Strap that are widely set apart help to diminish fuller busts, yet try not to rule out strapless gowns, instead try them and see.
Brides with broader shoulders should steer clear of halter neck and off the shoulder designs which will only emphasise them more. If you’re conscious of your upper arms a sheer bolero or wrap can hide these.
Looking at wedding dresses that suit your body type may seem limiting, but you can rest assured that you will look fabulous on your big day.