Which gown silhouette's best for your shape? We help 5 real bride nail theirs
Slim & Slender
who Claire Neo, 27, Lawyer
she says I like a romantic look with plenty of tulle and lace. I have a relatively small frame and hips, so it’s important that my gown doesn’t overwhelm me.
we say Claire’s slender build goes well with a number of styles, but this light-as-air A-line gown that further accentuates her curves is particularly feminine and ethereal. If you’re slim and lithe, you can also pick a dress with heavier and thicker fabrics like duchesse satin and heavier silks. This adds a more tailored line to your silhouette for a more impactful presence.
Embroidered lace and tulle A-line gown with beaded spaghetti straps, $1,900 to rent or $3,800 to buy, RICO-A-MONA.
who Grace Tan, 27, Corporate Communications
she says My dream wedding look is bright and breezy – something for a Spring party!
we say Grace’s curvy figure calls for a more curvaceous mermaid style that highlights her hourglass figure. (See: The mermaid styles to suit your shape, here). To look longer and leaner, avoid designs with skirts that have too much fabric as this can add bulkiness to the overall silhouette. The delicate floral appliques and an airy tulle skirt complement her wedding theme perfectly.
Beaded and crystal-embellished lace and tulle mermaid gown, $850 to rent or $1,650 to buy, LOVE STORY WEDDING BOUTIQUE. Organza and crystal- and pearl-embellished hair clip, $100, GIOIELLI.
she says I’ve always liked the lavish and intricate details of vintage gowns, like those from the movie, The Great Gatsby. I’m wearing my hair in a pixie crop for my big day, which adds a modern twist to the overall look!
we say Phyllis’ lithe physique is tailor-made for the mermaid gown. This particular gown also enhances her curves with ornate detailing and trims in all the right places. The classic boat neck flaunts her long neck beautifully.
Beaded, embroidered and pearl-embellished lace and tulle mermaid gown, $850 to rent or $1,650 to buy, LOVE STORY WEDDING BOUTIQUE. Crystal and pearl earrings, $80, GIOIELLI. Ring, bride’s own.
Toned & Taut
who Amber Koh, 27, Assistant Marketing Manager
she says I adore backless mermaid gowns – they’re sexy, bold and feminine!
we say This low-back mermaid dress shows off Amber’s toned back beautifully. The V-plunge also helps to narrow her waist and lengthens her torso. We also like how the tulle overlay, pretty laces and embroidered appliques add a delicate and romantic vibe to the gown, preventing it from being too sexy and slinky.
Lace and tulle mermaid gown, $2,200 to rent or $4,200 to buy, RICO-A-MONA.
who Jasmine Khoo, 30, Senior Editor in the gas and oil industry
she says I’m very fond of ballgowns, especially dreamy, princess-like styles. I have a bottom-heavy figure, so I’d like to balance that out as well.
we say A fully skirt is perfect for cinching in the waist as well as wide hips. Avoid thick shiny fabrics for your skirt as they may emphasise wide hips; airy tulle layers will help soften the silhouette and hard, defined lines. Have more details at the top to draw the eye upwards. A more embellished top will also help balance a poufy skirt.
Beaded tulle ballgown with silk flower appliques, price upon enquiry, LOVE STORY WEDDING BOUTIQUE.
PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN CHANG
STYLING MICHELLE LEE, ASSISTED BY ASHLEY PHAN
HAIR & MAKEUP (AMBER CLAIRE & GRACE) KHAI LEE/HP 9765-9639, USING CLARINS, YSL BEAUTE, URBAN DECAY & BED HEAD BY TIGI
MAKEUP (JASMINE & PHYLLIS) CHERRY AU/AUTELIER MAKEUP, USING MAKE UP FOR EVER
HAIR JASMINE LIANG/AUTELIER MAKEUP
This story was originally published in Her World Brides Dec 2017 to Feb 2018.