The perfect wedding dress silhouette is key to creating your dream look.Here we have identified the most popular body types, and matched them with the silhouettes you need to know about.
Sensual mermaid wedding dresses are best suited to curvaceous body types. We don’t mean that you have to have to the figure of Marilyn Monroe, but any bride with a defined waist and rounded hips and bosom is most likely to be an hourglass figure. This evergreen wedding dress silhouette takes on a wide variety of looks, from romantic lace to sleek minimalist styles. The bateau neckline on Stroud is best suited for those who don’t need too much support around the décolleté, while the gorgeous sweetheart neckline and corset bodice on Orangey will lift, separate and cover your arms and backs in symphony of Chantilly lace.
The ever-popular A-line wedding dress is the most versatile of the family. As the name suggests, it’s for brides who have more bandwidth below the waist than above, and falls gently over the hips and buttocks. For a statement look in glossy Mikado, Landy features alluring cut-aways on the bodice (an accent that will elongate the upper body) and is scattered with subtle crystal beads. For a classically elegant approach, Larimar has svelte long sleeves finished with lace cuffs and a demure boat neckline – perfect for cool weather weddings!
Like the A-line, princess wedding dresses are suitable for rectangular bodies. If you veer towards a spoon (bottom heavy) torso, even better, as its voluminous skirt and corset bodice will balance out your body shape. For full-on Cinderella romance, the glorious Garnet dress features a ballroom skirt, boned bodice and romantic lace sleeves. For haute couture chic, Miconia is tailored in glossy mikado, has fashionable deep pockets and keeps on the right side of classic with a flirtatious back accent.
Sometimes called evasé, Sheath wedding dresses are a go-to silhouette for very tall and very short brides, and also petite and plus sizes (more on those below.) They are also brilliant for athletic types who have small busts and (lucky you!) long legs. For a romantic bo-ho look, Champeret features an antique lace bodice and bell sleeves attached to soft tulle skirt that adds a little extra definition over the hips. For leggy brides, the Aquamarine dress has front split and ethereal flowing softness thanks to its detachable angel sleeves in chiffon.
The ‘fit and flare’ family from the House of St. Patrick is where to start looking for plus size wedding dresses. These styles are constructed in fluid fabrics, often with a touch of stretch, in silhouettes that fall gently over the body, elongating and at the same time hiding all bumps. A good example of this approach is Jessie, and simply elegant gown in soft crepe featuring a striking shoulder accent that elongates the neck. Also in crepe, Carica is for those who feel more comfortable covering shoulders and arms. Its demure boat neckline is offset by a plunge back and hyper flattering flared skirt.
Whatever body shape you are, our bridal stylists are experts in helping you choose a wedding dress silhouette perfect for you. Make an appointment to discuss your ideas, and you will be on the road to discovering your dream dress.