Choosing your Perfect Wedding Dress
Congratulations, you are engaged! You finally locked him down to “Put a ring on it” that was the hard part, or so you thought lol. Now it’s time for Lace and shape and fabric, Oh My!
Choosing the perfect wedding dress for your important day should be fun. Oh course you want a dress to reflect your taste and style but you want to make sure that it looks as fabulous on you as it does on the rack. Sometimes we must remember just because we can wear it doesn’t mean we should. That can be a harsh dose of reality but we all must dress for our body type.
Here is a list of some of the most popular wedding dress styles, this is by no means an exhaustive list but general silhouettes to consider and avoid based on your body type.
Here is a simple guide to common silhouettes from left to right:
illustrated in the photo above courtesy of Wedding LDS.
The elegant Empire Waist silhouette is timeless and classic. It is fitted at the shoulders and chest with a waistline under the bust. This works well for petite females wanting to look taller also good for pear shaped or if you have wider hips. This shape is not flattering if you have a large bust or if you a fuller figured.
A Mermaid silhouette is very fitted, then at the knee or just below the knee the dress flares to mimic the tail of a mermaid. This feminine style works well for those who are naturally very slender and long torsos, not flattering for fuller figure, short-waisted or pear shaped body types.
Sheath or Column Dress
This silhouette is very sleek and form fitting from top to bottom, the look is very modern. This style works well for those who are slender and/or tall, because the form fit can be very unforgiving if you want to disguise problem areas. Please note there is a difference between tasteful form fit and too tight, remember you are walking down the isle and not the dance floor at the club!
Ball gown is a romantic wedding silhouette that gives a nod to the perfect fairytale dress from “Cinderella” with a fitted bodice and full skirt. This type of silhouette works well if you are fuller figure, tall or have an hourglass shape, avoid this style if you are short or have a small bust line.
Classic A-Line or Princess Silhouette
This is an all-around traditional wedding silhouette that will work with most body types with clean lines. A-Line works well to draw attention away from larger hips making you look thinner, good for pear-shaped bodies as well.
Not to overwhelm you, but these just cover some general silhouettes we haven’t even touched on necklines, strapless vs. sleeves, material, embellishments, veils vs. headpieces and accessories.
If you have any questions regarding dresses, weddings or all things fabulous feel free to drop me a line, email or call.
Professional Wedding Consultant
Cambridge, Ohio 43725