Choosing ‘The Wedding Dress’ For Your Body Type:
If You’re an Hourglass Shape:
- Most styles will suit you and most women are envious. You are spoilt for choice.
- Celebrate your curves with a ‘mermaid’ or ‘trumpet’ shaped gown.
- On the down side, because you will look good in so many styles, the decision making becomes much harder but remember to stay true to your style.
If You’re Pear Shaped:
- With your body type you should look out for a skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation to the floor (A-Line).
- You want to emphasise the narrowness of the waist while floating away from the hips and thighs.
- Stick to the sturdier fabrics that won’t cling to your body like duchess satin, taffeta, dupion or shantung.
- A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body.
If You’re Busty:
- You should be looking for a dress with a scooped neckline that will emphasise your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage.
- If you’re wanting a strapless dress, avoid a neckline that goes straight across as it will make your bust appear even larger.
- Rather, choose a sweetheart line or a slight dip.
- Also avoid an organza or satin bodice (which has a sheen) or ruching as they will add extra volume to your bust.
If You’re Apple Shaped:
- With your body type you should look for a dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flaring out into a gradual A shape.
- Opt for texture like ruching or lace detailing which will camouflage and create a corset like effect.
- Your best neckline is a deep V, it will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
If You’re Straight Lined:
- You’ll want to create curves you may not have and try a sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse that’s cut on the bias.
- Alternatively, you would look great in a ball gown that cinches in at your waist.
- If you are small busted, try some ruching and create volume.
If you Have an Athletic Figure:
- Good For You! A well-deserved body type.
- You would do well with a gown that really accentuates the waist.
- If you have broad shoulders, you can benefit from off the shoulder V-neck and cap-sleeve styles. The V-neck helps create the décolletage as the new focal point, and the cap-sleeve softens the shoulders.
- Halter styles can also be a good choice, but they should complement the collar bone.
Different Bridal Gown Types:
- A-line or princess dress (creating an A shaped silhouette) is great if you carry your weight in the middle.
- Ball gowns or “Meringue” style (fitted bodice with a big poufy skirt) are perfect for hiding large hips and thighs.
- Empire gown (Raised waistline starting under the bust) flatters most body types but particularly small-breasted women.
- Mermaid gowns (Contoured against the body then the gown flows out from around the knees) are the sexiest of the styles. If you’re confident in your body, a mermaid dress can show off your curves.
- Sheath or column dress (slim straight shape that follows close to the line of the body) perfect for brides with limited body flaws. The long lines of a sheath gown can elongate the look of your body. Therefore this type of dress can work well for short brides.
Remember, don’t just fall in love with a dress just because it’s beautiful, it needs to enhance your beauty also.