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Ask Kate: What is the most flattering style of wedding dress for my bodyshape?

April 15, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


I was wondering what wedding dress would be best for my body type. I am 5’8 and weigh about 120 lbs. I have a small bust and slim hips. I want a dress that will give me the appearance of having curves. What fabric, necklines, and waist would be best?  I heard a lot of ruffles is bad for my body type is this true?


You’re very similar in shape to me! An A-line gown with a wide neck, off the shoulder or strapless top will be the most flattering for you. Avoid anything too low-cut and make more of your slim shoulders and hips by wearing a gown that gives the illusion of wider lines at these points (wide neck line and A line skirt) while showing off your tiny waist with either a corsetted bodice or a slinky, sheer fabric dress in an elegant 1930s style. The ruffles that you mention are another way of enhancing a small bust – the ruffled fabric will give the illusion of volume there and can look very pretty.  I highly recommend you check out A Wedding Dress for Every Body Shape and Wedding Dress Skirt Shapes – What’s Best For You? as they’re both full of great tips.  Hope that helps! x

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