Picking that dreamy and ever important wedding gown for your big day is often the first thing that newly engaged brides-to-be tick off on their to do list. It’s the first step on that long planning journey, which means that some women may get a little carried away by all of that glorious tulle, satin and lace.
You may see a gorgeous editorial in Bride Magazine and fall head over heels in love with the idea of a Princess gown, or that sleek and sexy Inbal Dror piece with the plunging neckline and long train, however it’s so important not to get stuck on that one silhouette, and give those other stunning dresses a chance before completely giving them the cold shoulder!
If you’ve watched enough Say Yes to the Dress (which If you’re like the team at Adorn, you DEFINITELY have) than you’ll know that “the one” isn’t always who you think it is.
It’s important to take into account your unique body shape and dress to your assets! This is why we’ve compiled this easy to understand manual to give you some ideas on the shapes you should be looking at for when you first walk into that glorious bridal boutique.
You want to be looking for a dress that delicately flares out into an A line shape starting from your midsection and hitting the floor. What this will do, is highlight the narrowness of your waist. Pair this with a V neckline or delicate spaghetti strap to showcase your slender upper body.
Fabrics: Taffeta and duchesse satin for a sturdy fit that won’t hug or cling to your body.
Scooped necklines are your best friend’s busty gals! They’ll show off your décolletage and open up your gorgeous face. Try to avoid any strapless gowns with a neckline that goes straight across as these will widen your chest area and make your bust look even bigger.
Fabrics: Avoid anything ruched or with a high shine like silk or organza. The reflecting fabrics will add way more volume.
Lucky you, leggy ladies! Most styles will look gorgeous on you, however simple silhouettes, floor sweeping hems and lower waistlines will show off your natural shape beautifully. Long sleeved gowns are also a gorgeous option for you, but make sure that the hemming goes past your wrists as nothing is worse than looking like you’ve stolen your little sisters dress!
Fabrics: Rosettes and ruffles should be avoided. Lean towards simple fabrics with less detailing’s.
You ladies want a dress that creates bombshell curves! A ball gown that cinches in your waist and billows out to the floor will hide your lack of hips. A dress with a curved seam will also create the illusion of a curvier silhouette.
Fabrics: Anything whispy like charmeuse and silks or more structured fabrics like tulle for your ball gown.
Look for styles which have a high fitting waist, above your natural waistline. This will elongate your lower half and thus elongate you. Stay away from any ball gowns though! These tulle explosions can easily drown your petite figure. Trumpet, modified A-line gowns and sheaths are instead your best ally.
Fabrics: Go for high shine finishes like a satin or silk fabric, but limit any accessories or trinkets to the bodice of your dress and draw those eyes upwards.
Bodies and padded halter necks are your best friends, especially anything with ruching or details to add more volume to your chest. Extra fabric up top will help to create the illusion of curves and padded bras are also your secret weapon. If you want a backless style, try a stick on cup but make sure that it’s sticky! We don’t want anything falling out on the dance floor later on in the night.
Fabrics: Anything with volume like taffeta, tulle or anything embellished up top.
So keep an open mind when you begin your dress searching. It’s important go into your first appointment with the possibility that the Inbal Dror gown you’ve been drooling over the whole season may not be the right match for you.