Many of our brides come into the boutique not knowing their own body shape hence not understanding what sort of wedding gown will look good on them .
Brides will come in with an idea of what styles they like but most have no idea where to begin .
We always recommend coming to your appointment with an open mind as until you begin trying on styles ,shapes and colours its difficult to know what will suit your shape and what you will feel comfortable in as you will be wearing your gown for a long time .
We all have parts of out bodies we dislike, but instead of hiding those bits try to accentuate the bits you do love ! All bodies are beautiful so work with your shape rather than against it to find a gown that will help you feel confident and stunning .
Think carefully about your body shape if you know what that is – if not then take the advice of your consultant who will have had years of experience dressing brides and will help you to find your perfect gown .
Balanced bust and hips with a defined waistline .
Hips are wider than your shoulders ,defined waist,proportionately slim arms/shoulders .
Wider at the top of the body,wide back,narrow hips and subtle waist.
Voluptuous,full busted,a tummy a round bottom/hips.
Straight up and down,undefined waist.
5FT and under,with a delicate frame.
Over 5ft 8 , can carry off most gown styles.
The following gown styles will help you choose what will enhance your body shape when looking for your dress.
This style is classic,simple and suits every bride whatever your size ,named after the look it visually creates from the fitted bodice and flared skirt on each side of your hips to flow over any parts of your lower body you may feel you want to hide .
An A-line dress can be short or full length and flow into a large train,made from lots of differing fabrics from super stylish satin ,organzas,tulle or heavyweight mikado.
The princess cut version of an A- line gown is more dramatic and utilizes vertical panels that run from the neckline to hem . This creates a slimming effect as it draws the eye along the length of the dress. The full skirt of an a-line gown can hide a rounder lower body or create curves on a narrow frame.
This is the style of dress that dreams are made of. With a fitted bodice and full skirt that can either be one piece or separate, this dress is perfect for big, fairytale weddings. You can even pair a princess gown with an amazing full length veil to add extra drama! Everything from satin to chiffon,lace overlays and beading is used on top, along with layers of taffeta,organza or tulle on the bottom to create a floating effect.
The ball gown or princess wedding dress is classic and timeless. They’re flattering on all body types as they show off the bust, arms and shoulders while concealing the waist and hips. However, if you’re petite, you might find yourself getting lost in all the fabric!
While many brides will look beautiful in a princess gown, the cut is ideal for slimmer or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body. Additionally, this style helps create the hourglass look because it shows of the the waistline. If you’re shorter, beware that a skirt of this size though as it can overpower a small frame.You need to be wearing the dress ,not the other way around!
These styles cause the most confusion with brides. All three of these shapes can be similar depending on the style and fabrics which is why we should talk about them all together to explain how they differ.
The terms ‘mermaid’, ‘fishtail’ and ‘trumpet’ are often used for similar wedding dress shapes that hug the body before delicately flaring out below the hips. It’s a dream shape for curvy brides and anyone who wants to create an hourglass silhouette.
Mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses hug the bust, waist and hips and are a sexy choice to show off the feminine figure of the hourglass body shape! While a trumpet shape flares out from the mid-thigh to the ground, the mermaid style fits to the knee, providing even more definition
If you’re curvy with an hourglass shape then this style of skirt can be amazing if you’ve got the confidence to carry it off. It’s a bit of a bold look – the top can be strapless or high necked and the bottom half accentuates your bottom, thighs and hips, fitting snugly into your curves.It’s important you can walk and sit down in this style so ensure you have a go at doing this when trying on !
The mermaid (or trumpet) is a sophisticated look for brides who crave a little drama. The skirt’s trademark flare can be narrow or wide, sleek or ruffled—and each gives your dress a different twist. Brides with curves love mermaid gowns, but this silhouette maximizes the va-va-voom effect on straighter figures, too.
Trumpet shapes are a good midway point between a fit and flare fishtail and a mermaid dress. The skirt gradually flares around mid-thigh and can resemble the shape of a trumpet’s bell – hence the name. The skirt is good for highlighting curves without drawing too much attention to your legs. It also isn’t as dramatic or restrictive as a mermaid. It’s a great style for hourglass and petite figures with small waists. It can accentuate the stomach and hips so pears and apples should wear this style with a sparkly or coloured belt to break up the waist area.
Falling directly from the bust line into loose folds, this shape suits shorter brides who are smaller ‘up top’. If you’re a bit pear-shaped, it’s perfect for you, because it will accentuate your small upper frame while hiding less-than-perfect hips and legs. Empire wedding dresses feature a high waist that hugs your upper torso with a straight, soft and flowing skirt for a simple, stylish and classic bridal look. Empire wedding dresses compliment the slim figure of a straight or athletic body type and can also sit beautifully over wider hips making it a flattering choice for the pear or hourglass shaped bride.
After you’ve found what types of dresses best suit your body, it’s time for the fun part, TRYING ON! Take your time to try on lots of different dresses (even of the same type) as slight differences in shape and fabric can make a big difference to how they fit.
Ultimately, choose the dress that makes YOU feel absolutely fabulous! Work with what you’ve got and wear it with confidence! It’s your wedding day so you choose what you love .
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