How To Choose The Right Wedding Dress Silhouette for Your Body Type.
We may have all been created equal, but it’s our body shape that makes us unique.
Your wedding is once-in-a-lifetime. The wedding dress you choose has to look gorgeous, expresses your personality, and be 100% suited to your body shape in order to keep you comfortable and confident from ceremony to reception and beyond.
We asked our expert bridal stylists how to choose the perfect wedding dress silhouette for your body type. This is what they said.
Princess Wedding Dresses for Spoon Shapes
Being ‘bottom heavy’ is an asset – in fact it’s one of the most enviable body types! If you have more bandwidth below the waist than above, a Princess wedding dress is perfect. This iconic wedding dress silhouette has a full, sometimes layered skirt and fitted bodice – a look that is flattering and perennially in style. If you have a generous décolleté, choose a corset-style bodice that lifts and holds. The Temple dress goes a step further by featuring a portrait (dropped sleeve) neckline that frames your bust-line beautifully. If you feel more comfortable covering your arms and shoulders (for at least part of the day) the glorious Jory comes with a detachable lace yoke.
TEMPLE - Pronovias Privée
JORY - Pronovias
A-line Wedding Dresses For Rectangle Shapes
The A-line wedding dress, sometimes called the evassé, is flowier version of the Princess wedding dress. Its slightly less-defined waist and triangle-shaped skirt is also favourable for rectangle-shaped bodies. See how it skims gently over the hips and thighs, creating a smooth, bump-free silhouette in dresses such as Thelma; an elegant, long-sleeved gown that would also suit more mature brides. For those with narrow shoulders, the dainty, double spaghetti straps on Fleming will make them look wider and shapelier.
THELMA - Atelier Pronovias
FLEMING - Pronovias
Mermaid Wedding Dresses For The Hourglass Figure
While mermaid wedding dresses are hyper flattering on many body types, there is no doubt that an hourglass figure really sets them on fire. With its tailored curvature and flared, ‘fish tail’ skirt and train, it’s a wedding dress silhouette that keeps on giving. Hourglass figures though can vary. For curvy brides with small bust lines, Agnes has off-the-shoulder straps and a discreet bateau neckline. For a larger décolleté, a not-too-low-cut V-neck in the style of Arlene elongates your collarbones.
AGNES - Pronovias
ARLENE - Pronovias
Sheath Wedding Dresses for All Body Types (and Heights)
Love the look of the mermaid dress but don’t think you have the curves to carry it off? A sheath wedding dress, with its elongated silhouette gently flared at the hemline maybe for you. The sheath silhouette is a sartorial wonder, as it suits both plus and petite sizes, or very tall or very short brides. If you err to a small body frame, the minimalist Williams dress, with its flowing circular train, will make you look taller, and can accommodate statement accessories. For larger figures, our bridal stylists suggest Russel; whose discreet bateau neckline is offset by a daring plunge back.
WILLIAMS - Pronovias
RUSSEL - Pronovias
Our bridal stylists are experts in helping you choose a wedding dress silhouette suited to your body type, along with suggesting alterations and accessories that will make it perfect. Make a virtual appointment to discuss your ideas, and you will be on the road to discovering your dream dress.