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.
|When to Choose Ball Gown?|
|What it is The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full (aka huge) skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.
Best for Brides with boyish figures. The fullness of the dress will make you look curvier.
Avoid if You’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.
|When to Choose Mermaid?|
|What it is This shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee.
Best for Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.
Avoid if You know you don’t want something tight; this style is constricting.
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.
|When to Choose Column?|
|What it is This formfitting style follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. It’s also referred to as a sheath.
Best for Petite women, since this slim shape adds length. This silhouette also looks great on brides with sleek figures.
Avoid if You’re pear-shaped (when you’re small on top but more rounded on the bottom). This silhouette will make you look unbalanced.
|When to Choose Drop Waist?|
|What it is This silhouette is exactly as you would imagine—it drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area.
Best for Brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape, since it hugs your waist and hips.
Avoid if You have a boxy figure—it might make you look like you have less curves.
|When to Choose A-Line?|
|What it is As its name implies, this cut is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of—you guessed it—an “A.”
Best for All body types. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes—it’s super-flattering on almost everyone.
Avoid if You’re looking for something really sexy.
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.
|When to Choose Trumpet?|
|What it is A straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape.
Best for Curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.
Avoid if You’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape or if you have an apple or boxy body type.
|If You’re Apple-Shaped?|
|Look for: 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―think ruche or lace detailing―that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corsetlike effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
Keep in mind: Avoid trumpet dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.
|If You’re Plus-Sized?|
|Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.
Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.
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.