What style of wedding gown best fits your body shape

What style of wedding gown best fits your body shape

The A-line

This simple silhouette can be worn by most body shapes as either a simple, elegant statement, or dressed up with embellishments and jewellery to add drama and flair. The fabric of these gowns falls gently from the shoulder, skimming the shape of your upper torso and then gently flaring to an A-line. Most fabrics, including lace, can be used for A-line gowns and the straps are often crystal encrusted to add a little bit of bling. Be aware that very textured or thick lace can add inches to your shape.

The Empire Waist

This is a very flattering silhouette, particularly for inverted triangles or pears. If pregnant, the empire line is also the most flattering style of the five shapes. The gown is drawn in under the bust and then falls softly down the body. The effect of this is to draw the eye to the upper half of the body, which, in turn, detracts from the lower half. If you have a small bust, combined with large thighs this style can give you some lift and balance.

Fit & Flare

This shape includes any gown that combines a fitted bodice with a flared skirt that starts below the natural waist line. This is perhaps one of the most forgiving and versatile of all the gown shapes. Although the bodice is always fitted, the flare can be quite minimal or as full-skirted as your imagination allows. The dropped waist tends to elongate the overall profile while the flare adds to the drama evoked by a fuller style of gown.

This style is also great for the medium fuller figured bride, and also, if the flair starts prior to the widest point of the body it looks great on pear-shaped profiles.

A. Classic Fit & Flare

In the classic fit and flare, the gown starts to flare out just below the hip line. In this instance the flare is usually kept simple and elegant and has the advantage of adding curves or, conversely, covering large thighs. A train can very easily be incorporated with this design, without unbalancing the overall elegance.

B. Trumpet Fit & Flare

In the trumpet style the bodice continues to be fitted to the mid-thigh level at which point the gown flares in a more simple reminiscent of a trumpet shape. This stylish outline is almost a hybrid of an A-line with the Mermaid design. The trade off with this design is that it precludes a train of any great length.

C. Mermaid Fit & Flare

As the name suggests, this style is reminiscent of what a mermaid might wear. This style is figure-hugging and sexy until it reaches the knee, whereupon it flares out. It is difficult to incorporate a train of any length with this style, so it is therefore often combined with a puddle train.

The Sheath

This shape glides over your body from shoulder to floor, following your natural curves, and works best with soft slinky fabrics. Elegant and sophisticated sums up the style of this gown and it would suit your rectangle-shaped bride, particularly if she is tall. As this gown is designed to follow your outline, an overly curvaceous figure could distort the simplicity of the silhouette.

The Ball Gown or Princess Shape

This is often the gown that little girls imagine when they think of wedding gowns. This style accentuates the waist and flares out to a full skirt, giving the impression of a classic hourglass shape. The important asset needed to wear this gown is a defined waist.

Ball gowns can look overwhelming on a short bride. Here the alternatives are cutting down on the fullness of the skirt, wearing very high heels or opting for a variation on the fit and flare shape.

Extracted from Vision In White The Book.

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