Finding the ‘one’ – the wedding dress that is so perfect for your body shape and personal style is more than just choosing a gown you love. Here’s what else to consider on wedding dress styles for your shape, with additional advice on choosing the right gown for your personal style and budget.
As Confetti’s wedding expert I have answered thousands of your letters over the years, and now I’m sharing my advice to help others with the same dilemmas.
Q: What are the most flattering wedding dress styles for my shape?
I was wondering what styles of wedding dress would be best for my body type. I have a boyish figure with a small bust and slim hips. I don’t want to wear a ‘meringue’ or ballgown style of dress. My style is quite classic and I don’t want anything too over the top, just a dress that will really flatter my shape. Please help.
One of the most flattering dress styles for your shape is an A-line gown with a wide neck, off the shoulder or strapless top. You can create the illusion of an hourglass figure with even the most ‘boyish shape’ (and I know this from personal experience too) by wearing a gown that gives the illusion of wider lines above and below the waist.
Show off your tiny waist with either a corseted bodice or a slinky, sheer fabric dress in an elegant 1930s style. Decorative lace, beading or ruffles are other ways of enhancing a small bust – ruffles in particular will give the illusion of volume and can look very pretty on a simple, classic gown. I highly recommend you check out Choosing Your Wedding Dress as it’s full of great tips. All the gowns I have shown here would look suit your shape and style.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.