Your Perfect Wedding Gown
Your wedding day is the one day where you are the star of your own show. It is the one unique event in your life which is filled with monumental significance – a day where you wish to look and feel more beautiful than ever. With so many different gowns to choose from, finding your deam gown can be overwhelming, stressful and time consuming when you have no idea where to start.
You will find it helpful knowing basic dress silhouettes and understand what silhouettes highlight your best-loved assests and conceal your less-favourable traits. If you can narrow down your options before stepping foot in the dressing room, you’re in for an exciting, pleasurable time.
Start reading to see how to find the best wedding dress for your body type!
Fundamentally there are 6 types of wedding gown style silhouettes :
The Mermaid – The mermaid silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee (or lower) before flaring out to the hem. It is more fitted than the trumpet, this is a very sexy look that highlights every curve so you must be confident and comfortable to wear it.
The Empire – Empire style is defined by a raised waistline which sits just below the bust from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem. The empire dress fits well on most body types. The design is also perfect for covering unwanted body features such as a pear shaped figure and a growing belly for pregnant brides.
The Trumpet – The skirt on this wedding gown style flares out just below the hips, creating a semi-full skirt without extra volume and bulk. It is similar to the mermaid style only it is not quite as fitted as the mermaid silhouette.
The Sheath Gown – A slim cut that fits very closely to the shape of the body from head-to-toe. For moms-to-be who want to show of their bellies, a soft, clinging sheath in a stretchy fabric makes a proud statement. areas, such as a larger lower body. It can conceal minor flaws if you opt for a constructed style that will stay in place, but the slip style will be unforgiving.
The A-Line Gown – This style is fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground resembling the outline of an ‘A’. Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard gathering, to a traditional church ceremony. Since the A-line dress is so versatile, simple modifications to the neckline, waistline, or fabric can accentuate your best features and hide those your not so fond of.
The Ball Gown – This style features a fitted bodice and flairs at the waist to a dramatic full skirt. Ideal for most body types and a must have for pear-shaped figures since it hides the lower body.
If your body type is :
Choose Trumpet and Mermaid gown styles with a low neckline to complement your curves. Minimised your curves by choosing a A-line or a Ball gown as the full skirt balances your top. Use gowns with built-in corsets for needed support. An Empire gown can also work to conceal a large bust by controlling and minimizing the size of the bust due to the traditionally square neckline of the empire dress. However, if you want to accentuate your curves, Sheath gowns are the perfect dress for you because they accentuate you top.
Avoid spaghetti straps as they won’t provide the support you need. Try not choosing bodice that use sheen fabrics such as satin, organza and silk because they will add volume and call attention to your chest. Materials that will ruched have the same effect.
Your body type suits a wide range of silhouettes from A-line gowns to Sheaths and Ball gowns. The Mermaid silhouette is perfect for tall bridesBut stay away from Empire gowns as their necklines draw the eyes upward and create more length.
Pear-Shaped (shoulders are narrower than hips or if bottom is heavier than top)
The Empire gown design is perfect for the pear-shaped figure. Skimming over the hips and tummy area, this gown is great for bottom heavy brides because of its loose structure and relaxed silhouette. Choose a gown that has a V-neckline to draw attention towards your lean upper body. Avoid Sheath gowns because they draw the eyes downward.
Choose gowns with a ruched bodice as the extra fabric will add volume and help create the illusion of curves. Padded halter-neck styles would also help since they draws attention to the neckline and creates definition. Added accents, fabric embellishments and delicate bead work, will help to draw attention to your chest and neckline, and therefore create the illusion of a fuller bust.
Choose Sheath, Trumpet or Empire gowns. These silhouettes draw the eyes upward and create the illusion of height and make you appear taller. If you are petite and busty, you should avoid sheaths because they accentuate the top. Avoid Ball gowns as they look overwhelming on petite frames. The full skirt also hide the legs which makes them nonexistent.
Go for a Sheath gown with a curving side seam or a Ball gown that cinches in at the waist creates the illusion of curves. The full skirt covers your lower body and disguises the lack of hips. Choose a gown that uses soft and flowy, chiffon-like fabrics that move with you to hide the lack of curves.
Choose a Ball gown or A-line gown with a basque waistline, which will redefine your midsection. Gowns with a lining ensures a better, sleeker fit. More importantly, the gown must play up your shape; it will add pounds if it is too loose. Avoid Sheath and Empire gowns as they will make you look even boxier.
Apple-Shaped (Bust is larger than hips)
To give the upper body a softer line, go for an A-line or Empire gown, choose a gown that cinches in at the waist, then flares out toward the hem. This will add volume to the hips and create a balance with large bust or shoulders. Choose a gown with a deep V-neckline, which draws the eyes away from the shoulders. Avoid Trumpet gowns which emphasizes your shoulders and flares out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.
Hourglass (Bust and hips are the same size (or close) and waist is narrow)
The hourglass body shape is the easiest to dress. If you are bless with this body shape, you can wear any style you wish. Avoid gowns which are layered or have tiers as they will hide your curves and give you a boxier look.
Do remember to take into account your age ,your personal style as well as season you are getting married in and the venue of the wedding. Good Luck!