Finding Your Ideal Shape | Wedding Dress Sillohettes

As we discussed in our Wedding Dress Shopping post, it can be a bit overwhelming finding your perfect dress, even for the most savvy of shoppers. A good way to start can be to understand your body shape and start from there.

Apple…

Beyonce in Proenza Schouler
Beyonce in Proenza Schouler at 2015 Grammy Awards: Pinterest

… A V-shaped neckline or deep plunge works well as it helps to give the illusion of a narrowed midsection and draws the attention to the décolletage.

Pear…

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Jennifer Lopez in Ellie Saab at 2015 Academy Awards: Pinterest

… Show off your narrow waist with a design that cinches-in or is highlighted by detail at the waistline. A fuller skirt can balance proportions on the bottom half.

Petite…

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein at 2014 Golden Globes: Pinterest

 Be careful of anything overly-flamboyant and ruffled as this can swamp a petite figure.  Look to drop-waist styles which will help to elongate the body. Trumpet and Mermaid styles can work well, if you choose a gown that flares out from above the knee as this will give the illusion of longer legs. 1950’s shorter-style dresses are a great choice for Brides who don’t want to feel swapped by their dress.

Tall…

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Taylor Swift in Reem Acra at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2015

…Straight lines and simple silhouettes really create an impact on taller ladies. Mermaid styles work well too as you have the height to carry this off with ease.

Hourglass…

Christina Hendricks in Zac Posen for the AMC Mad Men finale celebration
Christina Hendricks in Zac Posen for the AMC Mad Men finale celebration: Celebmafia

 A waist-cinching style will highlight those enviable curves and sweetheart necklines will show off your assets nicely!

Athletic…

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Gisele Bundchen Wearing Balenciaga Dress at 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala: Celebmafia

 Floaty, fluid fabrics can create curves and structured gowns will show off your body. Have a play with different necklines and modern silhouettes.

Any shape…

…Rules are there to be broken,right? Especially when it comes to fashion, so if you want to try something on – do it!  Bridal Consultants and seamstresses will be able to advise on how to make styles work for you and simple alterations may make all the difference. Your wedding dress is more than likely going to be the most expensive and most customised piece of clothing you ever buy, and the workmanship and quality of the fabrics used can hide and enhance any body shape.

Whisper and BlushWhat shape wedding dress do you like best?  Did you “break the rules”?