Wedding Dress Designers’ Choices for Different Body Shapes

For every problem, there’s a solution. Just because your body isn’t perfect, doesn’t mean you need to settle for less than perfection for your wedding dress. Designer gowns, when created by insightful wedding dress designers with the objective of making you look your best, can make you look as perfect as you can be on your special day. Here are a few designer solutions for some so-called body shape “flaws” that bother many brides.

A-Line and Empire-Cut

Ask good wedding dress designers and they’ll tell you that the A-line silhouette, and the style known as the empire-cut dress solve two particular body configurations often considered as problems by many stressed-out brides: having no waist, and being small-breasted /flat-chested.

If you carry your weight in the midsection or are troubled by a spare tyre, a belly roll or are pregnant and showing, a great choice is the A-line or princess dress. This is characterised by having no marked waist and vertical seams that flow from the shoulders down to a skirt that flares outward, creating an “A” shape. Empire gowns that have a raised waist starting right under the bust line, flowing to a skirt that skims over the hips then flares slightly can be a good option. This can be shorter but many wedding dress designers recommend a skirt that flows into a floor-length A-line. This is a romantic silhouette that is flattering to most body types – particularly for those that are smaller on top, as well as those who have no marked waistline.

What To Look For

Fabrics that provide structure and are a bit more substantial are good choices, especially if your problem is hiding a big waist. Good examples are satin and taffeta – avoid anything too flimsy or flowy. You can indulge your love of the romantic look of delicate fabrics with overlays of embroidered tulle or lace, while keeping the base of the gown stiff. Good wedding dress designers will make sure the seam does not start on the chest and that that the fabric does not pleat, which will make it look like a maternity dress. Fit is also important – too tight and it will make you look bulgy, too loose and it will add pounds.

The Sheath and Column Dress

While many wedding dress designers will not consider lack of curves and a straight-line silhouette to be problem, many brides do. Good thing the sheath dress and its twin sister, the column dress, are the perfect solutions. A sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse cut on the bias will create a curving side seam that gives the impression of rounded curves while elongating the body, making it a good choice for petite brides.

More Tips For Those With Less On Top

Extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves – examples are ruched or lightly padded halter styles. The right bra will always provide a nice boost.