Bridal Club Magazine
The Wedding Dress Style To Make You A Knock Out!
Wedding dresses can flatter or destroy nearly
any figure if you don't have the right wedding dress.
You may or may not be aware of the pro's and con's of your own
figure, but you can be rest assured that there is a wedding
dress style designed to flatter 'real women's' figures and
make the most of what you've got.
Look at yourself in the mirror: Do you
have a strong collarbone, a slender neck, a smooth upper chest, and
shoulders that are more or less horizontal? If so, you're a great
candidate for necklines that display your uppermost body, such as
the scoop, Sabrina, square, strapless, halter, and portrait.
On the other hand, if your shoulders descend from your neckline in
a notable slope; your chest is disproportionately narrow or concave
in shape; the ribs below your collarbone are visible; or you have a
plump or thin neck, you should probably downplay these areas with
the help of bateau, jewel, and illusion necklines.
Now, check out your back. If your posture is good, your skin is
relatively clear, and you like what you see, then it's okay for you
to wear a back-exposing dress.
If you want to add more height to your look - go for long,
uninterrupted lines. If you don't feel comfortable in
'form-fitting' options, opt for an A-line, princess or Empire-cut
High necklines and hair also add length, but if you are slightly
wider in the hips than you would like - they could also add
Fitted waists with full skirts can hinder vertically challenged
women and making them even more so. There is a way to combat this
if you have your heart set on it - choose a basque-waisted bodice
that ends in a 'v' below your tummy line and wear the highest heels
you can stand.
Don't wear the dress down with too much detail - frills and bits
and bobs of this and that should be limited to the chest and
Have you thought about a dress that is tea length, street length
or even mini? Some delicate boned brides overwhelm themselves with
the full traditional gown. How about a sweet little slip dress that
skims the top of your knees or stylish suit with a waist-length
If you are blessed with tall genes and want to come down to
earth a bit, try a low-cut or strapless gown with a full
Have a look at horizontal details, such as neckbands, necklaces,
panels around the bust or waist, belted or sashed waistlines and skirts with
layers of varying lengths.
If you have gorgeous defined shoulders along with your tall genes,
you can pull-off all halter-top styles, especially if they are
attached at the waist.
Avoid the elongating designs, such as Empire and dropped waists.
Also the sheath-type gowns with uninterrupted lines from top to
Experiment with different skirt lengths, including ankle and
Buxom beauties needn't despair. Off-the-shoulder, Sweetheart,
Queen Anne, scoop, strapless, square-cut or v-shaped necklines
flatter medium to large busts without making you top heavy, just
keep any decoration on here to an absolute minimum. Feel free to
display cleavage - or not.
Definitely steer away from high, closed necklines such as the
jewel, bateau or wedding collar. These can make your breasts too
low in proportion to your body.
Dress styles that make breast support a nightmare include a
portrait neckline, unstructured tank bodices, halters and back-less
styles. No, no, NO!
You can diminish a large bustline by adding more width to your
lower body with wide or dramatic skirts - don't forget the big
Keep your neck free of conspicuous jewellery, such as chokers.
If you need some 'enhancement' in the bustline ….. look at
Sabrina, bateau or jewel necklines and bodices that are enhanced by
overlays, beadwork and other fancy delights.
Slim styles such as the sheath or mermaid, are kind to narrow rib
'Crumb-catchers' - a decorative band of fabric (not unlike a
cummerbund) that attaches to the upper bodice of your dress, these
can add 'more'.
Necklines that are designed to show cleavage but can't be worn
with a push-up bra or padded inserts should be crossed off your
Most medium-busted women can feel confident wearing Scoop,
off-shoulder, Empire, V-neck, back less, strapless, halter, Bertha
collar, portrait, and square-cut necklines.
Pear shaped? Try this flattering remedy
- Combine a decorative neckline and shoulder area with a
form-fitting bodice and a full or flared skirt.
Put some meat on those narrow shoulders - with puffy-sleeve styles
such as the Juliet, leg-o'-mutton, bishop, or pouf.
Larger bustline and smaller hips? (inverted pear shape) Try a
princess, A-line, or Empire style that is narrow at the shoulders
and bust and gradually flares out to a wider hemline. Also balance
proportions by choosing a structured bodice and a voluminous skirt,
with little or no decorations above the waist.
If your bust, waist, and hips are virtually the same width? Look
for full or flared skirts paired with jewel or bateau necklines;
fluffy shoulders and/or sleeves; A-line or Empire styles with
trains; crumb catcher bustlines; or two-piece ensembles with
jackets that end at the lower hip.
Stay away from dress styles that emphasise or define the waistline
For hourglass figures (full hips and bust with a small waist) or
semi-hour-glass figures (medium bust and hips with a smallish
Try ball gown styles with Basque or natural-waist bodice, or
virtually any shape of gown with scoop, sweetheart, off-shoulder,
V-neck, square, or strapless necklines. Look for sheaths or mermaid
gowns or halter-top and/or back-less styles.