Perfect Wedding Dress Shapes: Your Bridal Gown
written on Fri 09 December 2016 by Lacey Former
Women come in all shapes and sizes and usually there are very few items of a wardrobe that have a one size fits all sizing. Wedding dresses are no different and there are a lot of different wedding dresses out there on the rack in the bridal shops and department stores on the high street. Websites like joyceyoungcollections.co.uk/ can give you some guidance on what dress you should choose for your personal style and most importantly your body shape. Below we’ve listed the different body types and which dresses and styles would suit you.
Pear Shaped: look for a skirt that gradually flares out in a line formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Sturdier fabrics such as duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective, since they won’t cling. A spaghetti strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body. Keep in mind a classic a line silhouette lends itself to formal weddings, but it can also be dressed down when made from a more casual fabric like eyelet lace or raw silk.
Busty: look for a dress with a scooped neckline. Websites like joyceyoungcollections.co.uk can advise you on the type of neckline you should choose for your shape. It will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you love the look of strapless gowns, choose one that has a sweetheart neckline rather than a style that goes straight across the body, which will make your bust appear even larger and more shelf like. Fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it should be kept in mind as it will add volume and call to attention your chest. Ruched material will have the same effect.
Plus Sized: an empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows down into a gradual floor length a line. Make sure the empire seam doesn’t start on the chest, but under the bust and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play to your shape as if it is too loose it can add pounds rather than flatter your curves. Find fabrics like satin that provide structure rather than anything too flowy. If you like the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base. Companies like joyceyoungcollections.co.uk can show you the types of fabrics best used with their dresses.
Apple shaped: a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of the waist is your best bet with a flare out in a gradual a line. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it so think ruche or lace detailing – that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset like effect. The most slenderising neckline for you is one with a deep V shape as it will draw eyes to the vertical not the horizontal.