How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type
Every bride should feel beautiful on her wedding day. Although spectacular hair and makeup can help you to feel that wedding-day glow, it all starts with the dress. As you begin planning your nuptials, trying on wedding dresses is a big part of the process! Most brides-to-be look through magazines or online forums to get an idea of what they want. But, sometimes best way to find the dress of your dreams is by identifying a type of style that you know looks flattering on you.
Unsure of what your body type is? Taking accurate measurements of your bust, waist, hips and height can help you get a better sense of your shape. Still, remember that your perfect dress ultimately comes down to the style you feel the most beautiful in. The best wedding dress for your shape will visually balance your body, accenting every beautiful curve!
If you have a pear-shaped body, proportionally the top half of your body is narrower than your hips.You can add balance with a wedding gown that has details on the bodice or near the neckline. Plunging v-necklines with textured lace or embellishment on the bodice will look absolutely stunning on you! Find dresses with skirt styles styles that highlight the natural waistline and skim the hip, like an an a-line or fit and flare style. A full, voluminous skirt flaring at the hips might make you look wider in the middle. That said, if your heart is set on it, look for a style that has sleeves or embellishment up top!
If you have an apple-shaped body, your bust, waist and shoulders are likely more uniform. To help give your waist definition, choose a style that accents your empire waist or natural waist. Gowns that have diagonal ruching details or a criss-cross surplice bodice can be great for showing off your waistline, as is a belt at the waist! A deep v-neckline is a nice option to draw the eye up. Opt for skirts with a bit of extra volume, like ruched A-line or tiered ball gowns; they’re perfect for balancing the proportions of your body. Layers of flowy tulle or ruffled chiffon would look so great on you!
If your bust and hips are about the same width but you have a pronounced waistline, you likely have an hourglass-shaped body. Low-cut styles, like halter tops and V-necks, are a great way to expose your neckline and accentuate your curves. A drop waist or ruched bodice with a mermaid or trumpet skirt looks great on you too! These dress styles will hug your body in all of the right places. Look out for loose fitting and straight-cut styles – you might loose the shape of your waist in them.
On top of determining a dress that’s right for your body shape, it’s also important to consider your height. As a rule of thumb, petite brides tend to look great in A-line or trumpet-shaped gowns as they elongate the figure. As always, alterations may need to be performed to ensure that your dress fits you properly. Be sure to tell your stylist what heel height you’ll likely be wearing, as some dresses come in long or short to accommodate.
Brides with a fuller bust might want to consider a dress with a sweetheart neckline. This will frame your face while still supporting your bust line. Straight necklines may make your bust appear bigger, something to keep in mind if you’re trying to balance out your figure with your dress.
Pregnant brides may feel more comfortable in an empire waist gown. These dresses will flare out from right under the bust line to give your baby bump room to grow and elongate the figure.
There’s a Wedding Dress for Every Body at Brideside!
Wedding dress shopping can be a lot to take in, but a good bridal stylist (like the ones at Brideside) will help you navigate it all! Keep in mind: Every body is different, but every body is beautiful. If you’re trying on dresses that aren’t complimentary to your body shape, ask your consultant for some style tips. There is the perfect dress out there for you! With a beautiful silhouette and special design details, you’ll feel radiant from the moment you put it on.