We all have parts of our body we are not entirely pleased with and shopping for bridal can certainly have even the most confident bride focusing on “flaws”. As the bridal industry grows, designers are offering more shapes and fabrics than ever before. I promise, there is a gown that will make a bride feel beautiful and silence the inner critic.
1. Small Busted Bride
A bride with a small bust line should aim to create interest at the neckline and choose a fabric with structure – steer clear of anything flimsy. The sweetheart neckline is universally flattering in my opinion but for the bride with a little less on top, it is my favourite by far.
Rivini “Armane” fit-and-flare princess gown with sweetheart neckline. Accented with belt at waist. www.rivini.com
2. Wide Shouldered Bride
Brides with wide shoulders seem to gravitate toward straps thinking that this will conceal, however, it does the exact opposite. Straps will certainly draw the eye to the precise area that she is attempting to conceal. Consider a strapless modified A-line with a beautiful neckline and perhaps a beaded crystal belt for balance. Strapless is the way to go.
Alvina Valenta “AV9914 ” Rum pink silk duchess satin A-line ball bridal gown with full double box pleated skirt. Winter white Alençon lace adorns scalloped sweetheart torso and creates illusion of a dropped waist. A deep border of winter white Alençon lace surrounds hem. Covered buttons and loops over zipper down center back, chapel train. http://www.jlmcouture.com
3. Tall Bride
Ballgowns are exquisite on taller brides. I think creating interest at the waistline will break up the torso and give definition and balance. I secretly believe every bride has dreamt of a ballgown at some point; the tall bride wears it beautifully.
Kenneth Pool “Stunning” Royal Duchess Satin. Strapless Satin ballgown with delicate Crystal beaded bodice. Full skirt with glove button detail and grand beaded appliqué at train. Available in Ivory as sampled and White. www.kennethpool.com
4. Larger Bustline
When it comes to cup size, the industry standard for sample gowns is a “B” cup. This can be frustrating when trying on gowns because it can be difficult to visualize your gown after alterations. Again, fabric and cut will be of utmost importance. Choose a gown with structure and support. An A-line gown with support and coverage in a taffeta or heavier satin is my pick.
Alvina Valenta “AV9756” Rum Pink silk duchess satin soft fluted bridal gown. Draped bodice with V-neck and deep V-back, beaded trim accents empire waist, sweep train. www.jlmcouture.com
5. Concealing Pregnancy
A gown with an Empire waistline is the best choice when dealing with a growing baby bump. Choose a gown in organza or silk taffeta with exquisite work at the neckline, a voluminous skirt with beautiful details at the back.
Priscilla of Boston “4315” Silk Satin strapless ball gown with crystal encrusted appliques accenting the hand-draped waist and full skirt. Available in Ivory and White. www.priscillaofboston.com
6. Tattoo / Scar
This is a matter of personal taste, absolutely. Some brides proudly display their scar or tattoo while others want coverage. Remember, you want the focus to be on you and your bridal beauty. Taking into consideration that the area you wish to cover will dictate the style of gown, I just picked one of my favourites. I have a tonne of ♥ ♥ ♥ for this dress.
Aspen – Ivory embellished Chantilly lace elongated corset bodice gown with exaggerated trumpet skit, embellished straps and covered all over with organza. Embroidered flowers. Cameo Hyacinth Ribbon.
7. Petite Bride
A beautiful bodice with fuller skirt can create length and give the illusion of height. An over the top ballgown can find a tiny bride lost in fabric. A mermaid or trumpet silhouette is my choice for a petite bride. (I was a petite bride myself ♥).
Vera Wang “Gemma”, Strapless sweetheart mermaid gown with asymmetrically pleated bodice and cut organza blossom hem with blizzard beading. www.verawang.com
8. Long Legs
Brides blessed with long legs can wear tea or knee length dresses which I feel can be very difficult to pull off unless you have killer gams! Choose a gown with beautiful fabric and lace; tea / knee length dresses need not be any less bridal.
Amsale “Ally” from the Little White Dress Collection features a sash at the natural waist; scalloped lace hemline. Silk Taffeta, Alençon Lace, www.amsale.com
9. Fuller Hips & Bottom
An A-line gown with a full voluminous skirt and tiny waistline would work best to conceal the extra little something we girls often have. Remember, this article is about choosing styles that counter problem areas; HOWEVER if you’ve got it and you want to flaunt it, a mermaid or trumpet style will certainly show off your assets!
Monique Lhuillier “Guliana” Ivory Re-embroidered lace jewel neckline corset, Ivory silk gazar hand tufted skirt with ruched waist. www.moniquelhuillier.com
10. Curvy Plus Size Bride
Thankfully, designers are cutting patterns for curvier brides because we are not all a size 2! I would suggest avoiding mermaid / trumpet styles as this accentuates everything. A modified A-line, perhaps with diagonal ruching, can be extremely flattering and forgiving. Again, look for a gown with sturdier fabric and structure – stay away from organza / tulle – this can create unwanted volume. This well constructed Allure gown accentuates curves, hugs in all the right places and is available in sizes 2-22.
Style: 2456, This romantic gown is A-line in silhouette and features ruched satin throughout. The neckline is strapless and the skirt is created from soft pick-up details with a touch of sparkle at the side hip. A lace-up back ensures the perfect fit. www.allurebridals.com