With an abundance of different wedding dress styles to choose from, you might be questioning which style will look the best on me? Though we highly encourage you to try on all types of styles to find the perfect dress, here’s a little guide to get you started.
If you’re pear-shaped…
Start with a skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. To showcase a slender upper body, try a spaghetti-strap bodice or a V-neckline.
If you’re busty…
Try looking for a dress with a scooped neckline, it will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you are wanting to go strapless, consider a dress with a sweetheart neckline rather than a style that just goes straight across.
You should start with an Empire dress with the skirt starting just below the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the seam doesn’t start on the chest and there is no pleating on the fabric. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.
Find a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of your waist and flares out into a gradual A-shape. Opt for a bodice with texture, like a lot of lace or ruche detailing, that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset-like effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
Look for a simple silhouette. You’ll want to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress (the lower waistline, a floor-sweeping hem) needs to reflect your longer proportions.
Start looking for a dress that will create curves where you don’t have them. Try a sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse that’s cut on the bias; the curving side seam will give you a va-va-va-voom silhouette. Or look for a ball gown that cinches in at your natural waist and descends into a full, flowing floor-length skirt: It will capitalize on your slenderness and camouflage a lack of hips.
You have a couple different options. Look for trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line gowns. Find a style with a waistline above your natural waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and therefore you) appear longer. The fabric is up to you―you can pull off a high sheen. But the detailing should be small (no huge bows) and limited to the bodice, to draw the eye upward.
You should consider a ruched bodice. Extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves. Lightly padded halter styles will also do the trick.