From The Straits Times    |


Big, bold and beautiful 

A perennial bridal favourite, big ballgowns now can be as dramatic as couture runway pieces. Here’s the good news for petite brides: You can pull off the look too without looking overwhelmed. Just opt for one with less details on the skirt. 


Romantic gowns 
Lace is popular for this look but a romantic gown is more than just about the fabric. Appear ethereal and elegant with flowing layers and beautiful details. Choose sheer or light fabrics such as chiffon, tulle or organza so you don’t feel or look heavy. 


Shape & structure 
These gowns give you shape and even volume without looking bulky. A bustle, peplum, band or sculpted ruffles create just the right balance of curves. Shape defining gowns work best for long, lithe figures so work out regularly for at least six months before the big day to show yours off. 


Short and Chic 
The best lengths for short dresses: Mid-thigh, and just at the knee or below it. They make your legs appear to go on forever. 


Details & More
Details can help add bulk. If you’re not generously well endowed, consider ruffles or applique on the bodice. 

Train Trail 
It isn’t every day that a girl gets to wear a long train. But before you consider one, make sure the length is appropriate for your wedding venue, and easy to manage or move around with.