Guide to wedding dress shapes and the body shape they flatter...
There truly is a dress out there for every shape and size bride imaginable. Don’t be overwhelmed by the choices. Follow a few simple rules and the leg work can be dramatically reduced.
No one knows your body as well as you do, the parts you are the most confident about and want to enhance, and the areas which you prefer not to emphasise.
If you are a lovely Rubenesque lady then go for a dress that has lots of structure and support in the bodice. Keep the structure and support running across the tummy and upper hips if you are going prefer a more tightly fitting dress. Alternatively stop the structure at waist level, go soft and floaty from this point down.
Sweet heart neck lines will flatter a fuller bust, whilst a soft outer layer of rouching running diagonally across the bodice will help flatter the tummy. Alternatively, a lace overlay across the tummy will work beautifully.
Keep any shoulder straps very soft and let them sit on the outer edge of your shoulders. This will keep your shape beautifully balanced.
Julietta by Mori Lee
Athletic and slim ladies
Slender body shapes look stunning in bias cut dresses with clean lines which drape closely across the body.
Equally, empire line dresses are perfect to show case your slender frame. Keep away from heavy laces or rouched heavy fabrics.
Keep the bodice of the dress close fitting, if desired go for layers of super light weight tulle on the skirt. For a touch of glamour a backless dress would work well.
If you want to give the illusion of having a few curves, go for a structured bodice with soft rouched tulle across the bust line and hips with a mermaid hemline.
Deeply plunging v necklines work well with a small bust.
Maren by Maggie Sottero
I would recommend a tea length 1950’s inspired dress for shorter ladies. The key is not to over whelm a small frame.
Tea length dresses balance your upper and lower halves making you appear taller. Keep things beautifully simple.
Sweet heart and necklines work well.
Dresses which are shorter at the front and longer at the back will give the illusion of height.
An empire line dress will be perfect to elongate your frame and make you feel instantly taller.
Mermaid or trumpet skirts which flare at the knee or calf would also be great.
A slim fitting bodice will elongate your torso, whilst the skirt will draw the eye downward.
Primrose by Paula Moore
Keep your look clean and sophisticated. Go for styles you know will flatter your figure, avoiding princess dresses which are generally for younger brides.
Fitted bodices will help define the waist. Empire and shift dresses will skim over the waist elegantly.
Think about shorter lengths, especially styling from the 1950’s will allow you to showcase your lovely legs and great shoes.
Try not to show off too much cleavage, go for elegance instead. V necks, bateaus, high scoops and illusion necklines will work beautifully.
Bolero jackets in lace will add sophistication. Think about alternatives to ivory and white. Gold, silver grey and antique shades will look stunning.