Your Wedding Gown

To look your best on the big day, you need a dress that maximises your assets while minimising your flaws. Here are some simple guidelines to help you select the right dress for your figure.

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Shorter brides can create the impression of height with a dress featuring vertical lines. High waistlines work well, but avoid heavy fabrics and fussy styles. For tall and slender brides, full skirts create the illusion of curves, but you should avoid dainty gowns or those with vertical lines and instead, consider sophisticated, sweeping styles.

Full-figured brides should avoid pleating, gathers and glossy fabrics. Look for lightweight matte fabrics and simple styles. Deep necklines, long sleeves, empire waists and a full, softly falling skirt can be wonderfully slimming. If you’re unhappy with your upper arms, opt
for a gown with sleeves, or wear a jacket or bolero.

Pear-shaped brides can create the illusion of a slim waist with a deep
V-shaped basque and a full skirt. Low necklines, a princess line and decorated bodices (but no detailing around your waist and hemline)
are also flattering.

Petite brides, on the other hand, should avoid heavy detail and billowing dresses. Empire lines and soft, flowing A-line skirts add height. Strapless or halter necklines are flattering, or show off your tiny waist with a dress that tucks in at all the right places.

Well-endowed brides look fantastic in halter neck or off-the-shoulder dresses. V-necked or scooped necklines are flattering, but avoid high neck and waistlines, or elaborately detailed bodices. A bodice in a soft fabric with a heavier fabric for the skirt creates balance and it’s best to keep detailing below the waistline.

Or perhaps you have a small bust? Consider pleats or elaborate detailing on your bodice to create a fuller appearance. Fitted bodices with high necks, scooped backs and full skirts look wonderful. Avoid necklaces and open necklines.

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