Body type and personal style
Are you a rock chick or are you a hippy chick? Do you like to watch old fashioned films and would love to be Marylin Monroe for the day? Or do you want a contemporary style to follow one of your current fashion icons? Do you want to go for the traditional white wedding dress, or do you prefer cream or ivory? Are you a closet goth and would love to wow your guests in red or black? Or would you like something different to the traditional white and go for pale pink or blush?
Understanding your body shape is so important and will put you in a win-win situation, avoiding a wardrobe malfunction. A mermaid-style dress might look flawless on your favourite celebrity, but it might not fit your figure or make you feel comfortable. There are no limits on what you can wear on your big day, but try to choose the dress shape that suits your personality and body type.
Let’s look at some of the most popular dress shapes and body types:
The A-Line style is slim on top, fitted through the waist, and softly flaring away from the body. Shaped like the letter “A”, this silhouette is flattering for most body types. This style offers more volume than a mermaid or sheath, but less than a ball gown.
The Mermaid style is perfect for an hourglass figure. This ultra-feminine and sexy style is fitted to the body’s curves from neckline to knee, and then flares out close to the knee. This flare can be dramatic and voluminous or romantic and sweeping. Again, multiple layers of underskirts and tulle create volume. A wide range of necklines is available with this style. This dress hugs the torso then flares out from around the knee. It will be too tight for kneeling or dancing, however.
The Empire style dress features a high waist that hits just under the bustline for an airy, fluid look. This type of dress can camouflage a short waist and heavy lower body and would be great for apple or pear shapes. The bodice area is small and often strapless, with a fabric belt that cinches in the high waistline. These dresses are very flattering and feminine.
The Ballerina style is traditionally thought of as a length rather than a silhouette, the ballerina dress is great for showing off your ankles and legs. This quirky dress will look great in a vintage-style wedding.
The Ballgown style is the classic choice for a formal wedding, – A true fairy- tale dress fit for a princess. and has a boned bodice and a full skirt supported by crinolines, several underskirts and tulle layers.. If you are not very tall, make sure that your ball gown is perfectly tailored to fit your size. Brides can choose a bodice that is simple or one covered in bling depending on your preference. Sleeveless and sweetheart necklines are common for ball gowns.
The Sheath style, also known as the column, is a sleek and sophisticated dress with a close-fitting shape that outlines every curve. You need to be very confident about your body, as this dress can be a little unforgiving. Clingy fabric like silk or satin adds to this sleek, but the light gown. Sheaths have simple silhouettes and several bodice options and are a contemporary choice for modern brides.