How to Choose Your Wedding Dress?
Brides often find it difficult to select their wedding dress, as there are thousands of styles they can choose from. Although there are many styles, there are only four main silhouettes. Understanding how the different silhouettes suit individual body shapes can help you to make a better decision.
Choose by silhouettes
A-line has a fitted bodice, and the skirt naturally flares out to form a shape of the letter ‘A’. A line shaped dresses are suitable for all body shapes. It is especially great for pear shaped brides as it cleverly hides the wider hip, and create a balanced contour.
Ball Gown shape is the traditional princess style, with a fitted bodice and a big puffy dress. Ball Gown shape is suitable for all body shapes. Only very petite brides need to pay extra attention if you feel you have been buried in the voluminous fabrics.
Mermaid shape has a closely fitted bodice and shirt to the knee, then flares out from the knee to the floor. Mermaid is best for hourglass figures, as it can show off your curves. Other body types can also benefit from this silhouette, if they choose to compliment the neckline and waistlines. For example, pear shaped brides may choose a wider neckline, such as boatneck or off-shoulder to balance out the large hip and create an hourglass shape.
A sheath dress fits close to the contours of the body, and features a narrow waist with a straight skirt go down to the floor. As a sheath dress follows your body shape, it does not conceal problem area very well, hence it suits thinner body shapes.
Choose by neckline
Now you know what silhouettes you'd like to try. Then it's time to understand how choosing the right necklines can help brides balance out their body shapes and achieve the best look.
V-neck creates a visually longer silhouette. It is suitable for everyone, but particularly good for brides who worry about their necks looking short. V-neck also compliments rounder face shapes, to give a more pointy illusion. If you have broader shoulders, V-neck is also good to make your body figure look narrower.
Square neckline can balance out round face very well. It is suitable for brides who have a shorter neck or narrower shoulders as it can elongate the neck and give the shoulder a broader feeling.
High neck is best for brides with a longer neck or face, as it offsets the length. It is also good for small chested brides as it can draw the attention away from the chest area to your face. Square body shape and brides have narrow shoulders can also benefit from this neckline.
Similar to V necklines, Scoop necklines draw the attention downwards to the centre of the body, hence creating a longer and leaner illusion. It is best for brides who have a shorter neck, and narrower shoulders. As scoop neckline have a more soft edge, unlike V-neck it is actually very good for longer faces. A wide or large scooped neck can help small chested brides appear as if they have a bigger bust. For bustier brides, a smaller scoop is recommended to conceal their large bust area.
As sweetheart neckline is formed with two curvy lines, it balances out angular faces. It provides great coverage to the breast area, so it flatters large busted brides very well. Small chested brides can also wear them to add more curves to their figures. Sweetheart neckline also creates a dip in the middle, it can lengthen the shape, it is suitable for shorter chins or necks.
A strapless neckline leaves shoulders and arms fully exposed, women with medium to small breasts can benefit from this look most. Large busted brides can also look good in strapless neckline, but need to consider adding more support to chest area as there's no strap to hold them from the top. Sweatheart strapless would be recommended as to give chest area more coverage for larger chested brides, while slight scoop or straight strapless neckline is more suitable for brides with smaller chests.
With the curvy straps up around the neck, Halter necklines draw attention to the centre of your body, and creates the illusion of a wider body, so it is best for tall and thin brides and also good for brides with broad shoulders.
Bateau is also called princess or boat neckline. As it creates a soft curve along the collarbone and covers the shoulders, it is great for brides with narrow shoulders or bulky arms. Brides with a long neck and thin face can also benefit from shape as it creates a wider illusion. Boatneck neckline also increases the volume in the chest area, so it is great for brides with a small chest. It helps creating an hourglass shape, so it is recommended for pear-shaped brides.
Similar to boat necklines, off-shoulder also extends the figure horizontally, but it creates a curve significantly lower below the collarbone and shoulders. Off-shoulders is best for pear-shaped brides or those with narrow shoulders, off-shoulders can give them a more balanced look.
One-shoulder neckline creates a dramatic look, brides with narrow shoulders and thin arms can benefit from this look, as it makes the shoulders look wider. Brides with long necks and nice collarbones would look great with this neckline as it flatters the collarbone, and offsets the long neck.
Choose by waistline
The waistline is the horizontal seam that joins the bodice and the skirt. The waistline has a significant impact on the overall look, choosing the right waistline can really enhance your figure.
Choose by necklines
Natural waistline settles at the brides’ natural waist, it is good for most body types as it emphasizes brides natural hourglass figure. Natural waistline breaks up the upper and lower body, it is good for tall brides who want to constrain their height. Apple figure brides might need to avoid natural waistline if they want to divert attention away from the centre of their body.
Empire waist is a raised waistline, which sits just below the bust. Raised waistline was very popular during the Empire period in France, so it is named after that. Empire waistline draws attention up to the chest and adds volume in the chest area, so it is particularly good for brides with a small bust. It is also good for pregnant brides as it diverts attention away from the tummy.
A dropped waistline sits a few inches below your natural waistline. It extends the length of your torso, it is good for brides with short waists or wide hips. Brides with long waists and narrow shoulders should avoid this waistline.
Asymmetrical waist is also known as side drape, it is formed by asymmetrical seams running diagonally across the dress, starting from the natural waist, and ending a couple of inches below the hip. It is great for full-figured brides as it can create a leaner look, and hides a less toned belly.
The Basque waist is created by two curved seams forming a triangle shape pointing downwards. It off-sets large hips, and is great for full-figured brides with wider hips.
Princess waistline is actually no waistline meaning there is no seam running across the centre of the body. It is created by sewing together long vertical strips of fabrics. As it just follows the bride's natural curve, it flatters most body shapes.