Real Gowns For Real Curves: Tips From Wedding Dress Designers

Being buxom, voluptuous, or otherwise curvy shouldn’t be a problem when picking out a wedding dress. Designers make gowns specially to fit you and flatter your shape to make you look as great as you can on your special day! Here are a few tips on what gowns best fit certain body types. Find the one that suits the real curves real women have!

If You’re Curvy, Cinch That Waist!

If your shape has curves in the right places – regardless of your size – you will definitely want wedding dress designers to create one that is cinched at the smallest part of your waist, then flares out gradually. A fitted bodice with a lot of texture to it – think ruche or lace detailing – will help streamline your silhouette, almost like a corset. A spaghetti-strap bodice can also showcase a more slender upper body. For an even more slenderising effect, choose a V-shaped neckline, which will help create a vertical line, rather than horizontal. For this type of body, more substantial fabrics that won’t cling too much are recommended, such as duchesse satin and taffeta.

Slim With Curves? Mermaid Gowns Are Perfect!

If you are confidently shapely (slim but curvy), many wedding dress designers recommend a mermaid-style dress that skims the body then flows out from around the knees (also called a serpentina). This style can be truly amazing-looking, showing off your curves – especially when fitted properly and executed properly.

The A-Line and Cinderella Ball Gowns

Whatever the style, good wedding dress designers will want to focus on your waist, which is why you a skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor is great. This is particularly important if you’re curvier on top than on the bottom, as it highlights the narrowness of the midsection and de-emphasises the hips and thighs.

Another reason why the classic A-line silhouette comes highly recommended by wedding dress designers is that it is the perfect gown shape for different types of ceremonies. It lends itself well to formal occasions yet still works for more casual ones when done in lighter fabrics such as eyelet lace or raw silk. In fact, this shape can even take the form of the Cinderella-type ball gown many little girls dream of wearing at their weddings. The full skirt of a ball gown can hide large hips and thighs, while the top can be princess-sleeved, puff-sleeved, or even sleeveless!

What to Avoid

Trapeze A-lines, empire-cut dresses and medieval princess dresses with no marked waist can add pounds, especially as they hide your midsection. Trumpet-shaped dresses are also not recommended by many wedding dress designers as they focus attention one the widest part of your body and flare out at the slimmest parts of the body – the knees and legs.