What’s not to love about spending hours swooning over the endless array of wedding dresses available? And imagining yourself floating down the aisle in a diaphanous gown? Nothing, the key is to know what your silhouette or body type is before you begin. Whether you are an hourglass, apple, pear, rectangle or inverted triangle, there is a dress for every bride!
Worried about which shape to choose? Well there are two that pretty much suit all body shapes: A-line and Empire.
This wedding gown is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital letter A. This style has only recently come back into vogue, with the term first being used by French couturier Christian Dior for his Spring 1955 collection, described as the ‘most wanted silhouette in Paris”. It has had a big revival in popularity since the early 2000s. I would describe it as the Most Flattering Silhouette for All Body Types!
We have Josephine Bonaparte to thank for popularizing this gorgeous shape. This dress has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high-waisted appearance, and a gathered skirt which is long and loosely fitted but skims the body rather than being supported by voluminous petticoats. The outline is especially flattering to pears wishing to disguise the stomach area or emphasize the bust, also helping to lengthen the body's appearance which is great for those of us who are a bit shorter!
Everyone except the Apples!
The classic ball gown is a style almost everyone can wear unless you have an apple or round body shape. We are seeing beautiful variations on this theme with many off the shoulder designs emphasizing feminine décolleté necklines.
And then there are the less forgiving styles – mermaid, trumpet and sheath.
The mermaid and the trumpet
Whilst it sounds like the title of a children’s fairytale, the mermaid, as the name suggests, is a wedding dress that is shaped like a mermaid’s body. It is form-fitting at the bodice, and the skirt is designed to resemble a mermaid's tail in silhouette. If you’ve ever tried on one of these you will realise how difficult they are to walk in – so take your wedding theme into account before taking the plunge with one of these beauties. The trumpet is another variation of this style with the dress tightly fitted until just below the knees when it flares. As difficult to walk in, but oh-so-beautiful to look at.
As the name suggests, this dress is designed to fit the body tightly. Beautiful, stunning, and gracing many of the fashion runways, this dress is not for the fainthearted, and really works well on hourglass or rectangular body types.
Get your basic shape sorted and then go for gold in designing your perfect dress.