How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress For You

Choosing ‘The Wedding Dress’ For Your Body Type:

Firstly, congratulations on your engagement, this is such an exciting time for you.  Your title has now changed to “Bride-To-Be” and with that comes some certain responsibilities.  You have to look your best.  Learn how to best accentuate your body type so you can look and feel your best on your special day.

There is no time to waste in planning your wedding so don’t go into bridal store after bridal store, trying on every dress.  No-one has the time or energy for that?  Follow our tips and advice and spend the time you’ll save planning the rest of your wedding.
Keep an open mind and you might be pleasantly surprised with the dress you fall in love with.  This, your big day, all eyes will be on you.  Instead of hiding what you have, show it off!
It’s your time to shine.  Present the beauty that you are.
 Body Shapes

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.
Wedding Dress Styles
Not only are these tips great for the bride, you can also apply these same principles for your bridesmaids as well so keep that in mind when selecting their styles also.
There will always be exceptions to the rule but they are rare.
We hope this has been beneficial in giving you some clear direction to choose your gorgeous gown.
Remember, don’t just fall in love with a dress just because it’s beautiful, it needs to enhance your beauty also.
For more helpful tips on choosing your perfect bridal gown view this article, it’s a must read.
Happy Shopping!