The key to finding the perfect wedding dress for your body type is first identifying the shapes that truly flatter your body type.
There are a plethora of different styles and cuts of wedding dress, the challenge is more so identifying the best cut and silhouette to suit your unique body shape and style. The key is focusing on your best features and accentuating these with a style that leaves you feeling confident. There are many rules of thumb when it comes to dress shopping, Empire Lines tend to elongate those with shorter legs, while a drop waist will compensate for a short torso. A v-neckline will slim and flatter a bigger bust, while a gathered or detailed bust will suit a flatter chest, horizontal lines will widen the body and vertical lines will elongate it.
Dress shapes to flatter the petite figure.
Simplicity is key for the petite bride, be it figure forming crepe or floaty silk chiffon. Championing minimalism at its finest, a plunging v-neckline will draw the eye upward, elongating your frame, while an empire waist creates the illusion of longer legs. Steering clear of three dimensional embellishments or lace appliqué, instead opting for a flat all over lace will ensure your petite frame does not get overwhelmed. A one shoulder atop a trumpet silhouette is also an incredibly flattering fit, lengthening from the torso all the way through the skirt. Alternatively opt for a sheer overlay atop of nude body suit, a sophisticate and contemporary look for the bride with undeniable style.
Dress shapes to flatter the bride with a bigger bust.
While a squared neckline is flattering on most, its the perfect amount of coverage for the well endowed bride. Strapless is generally avoided by those with a biggest bust, however when chosen wisely can be the most flattering option. Opting for an off the shoulder style or one shoulder detail atop a straight bodice neckline is perfect for a bigger bust, adding that little bit of added security. Strategically opting for a designer that specialises in couture techniques will allow enough structure to feel secure in the bodice, ensuring that you feel comfortable from the ceremony right through to the reception dance floor. If you’re drawn to a v-neckline, balancing the silhouette with a fuller skirt will be most flattering for the figure.
Dress shapes to flatter the curve bride.
Most recently many of our favourite Australian Bridal labels have developed a curve range, adapting their most loved styles to flatter the fuller figure. From off the shoulder, to v-neck and long sleeved, the key to finding the perfect look for a curvier bride is embracing your shape with a figure hugging silhouette. If opting for a fuller skirt, ensure the bodice accentuates the waist to perfectly balance the look.
Dress shapes to flatter the lean body shape.
Fortunately for those with a lean body shape, most designers create their garments with your shape in mind, allowing a plethora of flattering options to choose from. Be it high neckline with a plunging back or a v-neck with a fuller skirt, your figure will undoubtedly be flattered. Opting for something a little left of centre is perfect for a lean figure, from a fitted two piece to a heavily embellished jumpsuit. Alternatively, adding an overskirt to a fitted silhouette underneath is a great option for those with a little extra height.