A wedding dress is one of the most expensive items of clothing you’re likely to ever buy so it’s extra important to make sure it’s perfect and you feel amazing in it.
I have been working in the wedding industry for the last ten years and one of the first questions I am asked by brides –to-be, is which style dress will flatter my body shape? The answer is, many but there a few tips I have learnt along the way so I have created this guide to do’s and don’ts for different body types.
W hat body shape are you?
Don’t worry if you don’t fall exactly into one of these categories, I certainly don’t. This is just a guide.
Hourglass: Balanced bust and hips, defined waist
Pear: Hips are wider than shoulders, defined waist, proportionately slim arms/shoulders.
Triangle: wider on the top of the body, wide back, narrow hips and subtle waist
Apple: Voluptuous, full bust, a tummy and round bum/hips
Athletic/slim: Straight up and down, undefined waist
Petite: 5ft and under with a small frame
Tall: Over 5ft8
Dress Dos: Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it’s still best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best asset.
Dress Don’ts: As your chest and hips are already balanced it’s best not to add weight to either half. Avoid empire-line silhouettes and ball gowns.
Dress Dos: Sweetheart necklines and bodices emphasise a fuller bust.
Dress Dos: If you’re a bit more curvaceous, try a fit and flare
Dress Dos: A-line dresses with a dropped waist show off an hourglass bride’s balanced figure.
Lauren by Sincerity Bridal
Dress Dos: Ball gown wedding style dresses disguise fuller hips and put the focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust.
Dress Don’ts: Avoid tiered, fit and flare and mermaid style dresses which draw attention to your bottom. .
Dress Dos: Empire line dresses are also a great choice, as they highlight the smallest part of your body.
Elenora by Justin Alexander
Dress Dos: A V-neck dress works well to balance wider shoulders.
Dress Dos: Narrow wide shoulders with thicker, embellished straps
Dress Dos: Scoop or wide necklines can also work well on triangles. Wear a dress with a bolero if you want to cover up the tops of your arms.
Dress Dos: Wedding dresses with sleeves are great for concealing wider shoulders, and are perfect for winter weddings.
Dress Dos: Add interesting details, such as embroidery and bows, around the middle and bottom of your dress, as this forces the eye downwards.
Titania by Justin Alexander
Dress Dos: An empire-line dress will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look.
Dress Don’ts: Princess-line and basque dresses draw attention to your middle, and will make you appear heavier. Avoid spaghetti straps which can cut into your shoulders.
Dress Dos: A ball gown will flatter the body
Dress Dos: An A-line dress with a dropped waist looks great on the apple shape.
Leilani by Justin Alexander
Dress Dos: A sheath will flatter your slender shape.
Dress Don’ts: Avoid portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines if your collarbone is too bony.
Dress Dos: Slim is one of the few shapes can get away with a high neckline.
Dress Dos: A ball gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt will create the illusion of curves.
Dress Dos: Delicate embroidery and beading in the right places can also create a more curvy silhouette.
Lyra by Justin Alexander
Dress Dos: Simple is best. Clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure.
Dress Don’ts: Most silhouettes flatter your figure, but ballgowns and mermaid dress tend to overwhelm. A big, elaborate dress can look as if it’s wearing you.
Dress Dos: Narrow A-line dresses also work well for petite brides.
Dress Dos: Tall brides can carry off almost any dress style.
Dress Don’ts: Stay away from empire line dresses, which risk looking almost tent-like on smaller frames.
Dress Dos: Tall brides can also try princess dresses.
Dress Dos: A-line dresses are another great look for tall girls.
I hope this helps to give you a guide before your appointment and I look forward to welcoming you to my beautiful boutique to start your dress journey.
Let the fun begin.