Wedding Dress Styles

21 Mar

I´m sure that most brides to be know more or less what style of dress they want to wear before they even start looking! Here are a few tips to bear in mind when picking out your dress, to make sure you get one that flatters your body shape and creates the effect you want to portray:


– If you want to play down your lower half, try a slimming A-line skirt that floats to the floor.

– If you want to conjure the illusion of curves or flaunt the ones you’ve got, a fitted mermaid silhouette creates an hourglass shape.

– Head-to-toe texture and a fluted silhouette are two foolproof ways to look taller and slimmer.

– The body of an empire line dress falls from beneath the bust, which is great if you have a broad waist and a small bust.

– A column dress hugs the figure and looks great on slim figures.

– The ball gown can support many different necklines and sleeve lengths and is perfect for those brides envisioning a fairy tale wedding.

– A tea-length dress is a fantastic idea if you want to add a pop of colour to your wedding showing off bright shoes.

Bodices and necklines:

– A fitted bodice shape will create a slimmer waistline, but add a little padding to balance the look if you have a small bust.

– A sweetheart neckline works with all bust sizes, and a deep V-neck draws eyes down, elongating your body.

– A silk cowlneck gown creates sophisticated allure, while a deep V-back accented with lace or without adds sexiness to a simple dress.

– A gown made with form-fitting stretch satin, which smooths out a multitude of flaws, is a benefit to every body type. Pleating on the column bodice offers additional camouflage and helps stretch your frame.

– A strap-less dress is a fine opportunity for jewelery, and a very elegant look, particularly if you have a long neck, good shoulders and well-toned arms.

– A sash nips in your waist, especially if you choose a noticeably darker hue than your dress.

– The boat neckline follows the line of the collarbone and suits narrow shoulders. It also creates a very romantic, but at the same time different look.


– Use long sleeves to draw attention to your upper body and conceal larger arms. They are also a great idea for a winter wedding.

– A tailored short sleeve can balance your look if you are pear-shaped and are ideal if you need to cover your shoulders. However, if you have broad shoulders, this style will emphasize them.

Little touches:

– A front slit adds drama to a traditional gown, especially when it exposes layers of silk gazer fabric and Chantilly lace.

– For a sleek minimalist look, try a fitted, strap-less dress with a thin belt or sash and a crisp peplum at the hips.

– A sheer and close-fitting corded lace jacket is a prim yet provocative addition to a delicately strapless gown.

– Add an artfully sculpted veil, in blush pink for example, to a sleek streamlined gown for a bold touch.

– Pin a single ostrich plume to your hair for a dreamy, ethereal headpiece.

– Add elbow length gloves for an elegant, 20s look.

If you are still not too sure about which style will suit you, at Brides online magazine they have a great tool to help you virtually try on bridal gowns and experiment with wedding makeup and wedding hairstyles to create your unique look.


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