There are two things that every bride will look for when it comes to her wedding dress – a comfortable fit and of course a stylish appearance. No matter how stylish a dress may look on a mannequin, if the fit is not right for your figure it may leave you feeling irritated and could potentially ruin your special day. This is why it is so important to recognise which dress style and fit will be the best suited for your figure.
Before you set your heart on your dream dress from a magazine, remember to identify your shape and what would work best to accentuates your natural shape. Here are a few top tips.
Lean & Slim If you have a straight up-and-down figure, with smaller shoulders and hips it will be important to create shape and volume from your dress. Be adventurous and opt for a mermaid-shaped gown. This stunning Zac Posen design is simple yet pays compliment to a tall, slim figure while still leaving an impression. The tail creates texture and volume through its layers of asymmetrical cut tulle and weaved edge. To achieve the complete elegantly look, finish off your outfit with a short tulle vail. Remember to keep it simple – less is always more.
If you are top heavy, paying particular attention to the cut of your gown will be vital. A straight cut neckline rather than a sweetheart or plunge neck can be more flattering for those with a larger bust. Riccardo Tisci’s famous design is a great example, where the lace top subtly covers the top without drawing attention, complimented by a sheer back to show off skin will avoid making your gown look restricted.
For those brides who have a curvier figure, it would be important to keep the bottom design of the gown light. Consider a dress with more detail on the bodice or sleeves. This Carolina Herrera deign is simple and casual with light layers of tulle which drape perfectly on the hips, yet still fun and elegant. The slit adds that extra bit of detail without being too much.
For women with broader shoulders, consider a dress that will balance out the top and bottom half of your body. Vera Wang does a great job of this dress, where the meringue bottle levels out the exposed shoulders. Adding in a tie across the bodice will create the illusion of a smaller waist as well as adding a hint of colour, perfect if you want to incorporate your colour scheme.