5 Wedding Dress Styles That Suit All Body Shapes & Sizes
How do I choose the perfect dress for me?
When it comes to wedding planning, we all know far too well that the dress is the star of the show. It’s important that you, the bride, feels confident and glamourous on your big day. However, with such a vast array of wedding dress styles, abundance of popular designers and many glorified price tags, searching for that special gown seems more daunting than ever before, but don’t fret! We are here to help. Our directories are full of boutiques and jam packed with information to support you in organizing your dream wedding. In selecting your tailored fairy-tale attire it’s important to remember your personal flare; that spark that make you, you. Pinterest and wedding magazines the likes of Bridal Guide are amazing spots to hand-pick the trends and styles for you, but which dress from our list is top on your list?
Finding the perfect dress for your body type
The hourglass figure is one that is full and curvaceous, with a wide bust, hips and narrow waistband. While most wedding dress styles suit this figure, those that tie at the waist are profoundly stunning. A-line fits with sweetheart necklines provide seamless efforts to accentuate natural curves and compliment feminine shoulders. Mermaid and trumpet accents also flatter those silhouettes that want to flaunt their shape, with straight bodice to the hips and mid-thigh flare. Wanting to add a personal touch? Designer Elbeth Gillis believes modern lace is a “trend towards more classic understated dresses” such as the A-line. Draw in that waist with embellished lace and be on top of the trends next year!
Pear-shaped For those ladies that carry slightly more weight around their waist it is vital to draw attention to those hips. The mermaid dress is a full-bodied design accompanied by slightly lower waistbands that flatter those curves while highlighting the torso. The tight mermaid style may sound intimidating for those slightly more conscious, however the design is best paired with the fuller shape as it contours the body, emphasising rather than narrowing your natural psyche. To overcome those insecurities of broader shoulders, a cape could be a great addition to your wedding plan. Bridal fashion expert Peta Hunt states that they’ll be a “great alternative to the veil” with brands such as Hermione de Paula stitching the fabrics with personalised messages; now you couldn’t get more personal than that!
The athletic figure can embrace the A-line and column gowns with light and seamless fabrics. These simple yet statement dresses are glorious when enhanced with unique necklines, embellished patterns and tailor-made corded lace to add visual flare. Slight frames work wonders with off the shoulder designs to pronounce toned arms and shoulders, with halter necks being all the rage for 2021! Megan Markle’s royal attire was simple yet sophisticated; the Givenchy design featuring a bateau neckline and flared tail, structuring her long and lean frame. Couture dress designer Phillipa Lepley discusses that there will be a “surge in more demure, covered up looks”, so embracing the high neck could set you at the forefront of bridal fashion!
The Petite and The Tall
Those with shorter frames shall take preference to designs that elongate. Designs such as fit-to-flare boast snug fits which contour natural curves and marvel the appearance of slightly taller frames. Wedding dresses that avoid bottom heavy fits and instead craft slimming, tight designs seamlessly build the illusion of longer legs. Enough of all this talk about legs, how about the arms? Well, its simple: the longer the sleeve, the longer the appearance of the arm. In 2021, Peta says we will see “more detail on sleeves than ever before”; so whether you’re looking for a sleek or boho design, sleeves have got you covered next year! For those on the opposite side of the spectrum, sheath wedding gowns are the perfect fit to maximize the beauty of your slender frame. Slip styles that closely trace taller outlines avoids drowning a bride’s frame but instead, gracefully hugs them in all the right places.
The Flat-chested and The Busty
The chest is of central focus to any wedding dress , so it’s priority to choose the right dress for your breasts. If you are flat-chested, structuring is your partner in crime. Ruching and embellishment add layers in the bodice which help to play up to your décolletage. On the other hand, you could embrace your slender frame by wearing V necks and plunging backs. Peta believes that “backs will take a deep and become more interesting” in 2021, with extra bows or creative embellishments along the backline. If you are a lady with slightly more to handle, wider straps and higher corsets will be your friend. Support is key and so, ball gowns take center stage. These romantic slim hipped and full bust gowns are great for balancing voluminous bottoms and fitted tops. Want to go more casual? Try tea-length gowns for a classic twist on daytime bridals.
Our top tips for finding the perfect gown
Style – Finding the right style for you is KEY. Keep searching on Pinterest and bridal magazines to find the inspiration you need.
Shop – Keep trying on those dresses! Find bridal boutiques by checking their reviews and trust in your bridal consultants, they are the experts who just want you to feel amazing in the right dress.
Cost – Budgeting is extremely important. Look through bridal magazines and find designers within your budget. We also help you budget for your wedding here!
Comfort – Make sure to be you. You can add touches of personal flare to any dress, just ask your seamstress! It’s important that you enjoy your big day, so make sure you can freely move around but also feel secure. Comfort is key to achieve confidence, so keep this in mind when you try on that dress!
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We know that bridal shopping is challenging at times but with these tips, finding the perfect dress for your body shape will be a breeze. Don’t forget to browse through our directories for your wedding organising needs and wants. Or click here to get the clobber experience. We wish you all the best on your journey to finding the perfect gown.