You’ve all seen the wedding shows. A bride tells the attendant what she would like, or maybe she shows a picture of her dream dress. The attendant goes off into the racks and comes back with a bunch of dresses within the bride’s budget.
Have you ever wondered how bridal advisors know what to choose? Sure, they are guided by colour choice, preferred designer, general style, and price point, but there’s something else they consider that isn’t often mentioned on the TV shows. They think about the bride’s silhouette.
As women, we have many insecurities about our bodies. We may think we are too thick, too thin, or round in the wrong places. What we need to realise is that any shape can look gorgeous if we just dress it right. We can accentuate our best features and mask our less desirable ones. This lesson is never more important than it is on your wedding day.
Here at Bridal Secrets, we stock Maggie Sottero wedding dresses, as well as designs by Mori Lee, Pronovias, and Rebecca Ingram. So once you’ve selected a designer and price of your choice, it’s time to pick a gown that flatters your body type. And don’t worry about your perceived flaws. There’s a style for every bride, whether you’re a petite princess, a curvy queen, or a soon-to-be mum.
If you’re a curvy hourglass bride, you’re lucky because you can pull off a wide variety of styles. Anything that hugs your figure is good because it will slim your waist and widen your hips. The fitting of your wedding dress will depend on how comfortable you are with flaunting what you’ve got.
A tight fit will show everything off, while a gentler fit with detail and ruching can still show your curves without making you too self-conscious. Good silhouettes for the curvy queen include the mermaid, trumpet, and sheath. Trumpets offer more leg room, so they’re great for dancing.
If you love your curves but you’re a little sensitive about your midriff, you can pick a style that draws attention away from that part of your body. These designs aren’t just good for apple-shaped brides that are heavy around the middle. They can also be helpful for brides in the family way. The design can minimise a baby bump, or even hide it altogether if that’s your preference.
High waist silhouettes include empire cuts and A-line dresses. They focus attention on the beautifully bulging bosom and draw eyes away from your tummy region. A-line wedding dresses are flattering on all body shapes. They can lengthen the petite bride, mask a heavy midsection, widen hips on a slimmer figure, balance out a tall bride, and give a boyish body the appearance of soft, feminine curves.
Different cultures also tend to focus on different areas to accentuate – Hispanic, African and African-American applaud the curvaceous bride. Her rear end is considered her greatest asset, so a drop-waist silhouette would be a good choice since it highlights her best curves. Other brides who prefer a slimmer bottom may want to avoid this style.
As for Princess ball gown wedding dresses, they are ideal for brides with boyish bodies, since the full skirt creates more curves.
If you’re still unsure about the best bridal fashion for your figure, give us a call on 02 9635 3311, here at Bridal Secrets we’ll gladly give you some expert advice.