Gowns & Suits

The best wedding dress styles for every body shape

Your dream wedding dress may not be the best style for your physique. Steve Thio, Contributing Editor for Her World Brides, tells you what you should be wearing for your big day.
 

I have been to weddings where the bride looks anything but her best: If it's not terrible hair and makeup, then it's a badly-fitting wedding dress that emphasises the bride's flaws instead of complementing her assets.

Here are some general rules when it comes to picking the right wedding dress design that enhances your physique beautifully.

 

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1. Broad Shoulders / Short Neck

To soften your wide shoulders or a short neck, opt for a halter V-neck design that helps to break the line of your shoulders, and lengthens your neck at the same time.

A soft cowl or a draped neckline has the same effect too. For broad shoulders, you can also opt for a toga gown to balance the width of your shoulders.

 

Image: Her World Brides Mar'18

2. Narrow Shoulders / Long Neck

Add width to narrow shoulders with broad, horizontal necklines: think boat neck or wide scoop necklines.

These necklines also help to shorten long necks. Brides with long necks can also choose to wear high collared dresses that evoke a 'Victorian Romance' vibe.

See also: HOW 8 BRIDES PULLED OFF THE MODERN CHEONGSAM AT THEIR WEDDING AND WHERE THEY GOT THEM

 

Image: Her World Brides Dec'17

3. Long Torso / Short Legs

To balance the proportion of your body, choose a dress with a higher waist that gives the illusion of a shorter torso, and longer legs.

An empire design with a slim or flare skirt is also ideal.

 

Image: Her World Brides Jun'18

4. Short Torso / Long Legs

If you want to add length to your body, try a low-waist design that also helps to shorten your legs.

A good example would be the mermaid style: Just pick the right length of the bodice that balances the proportion of your torso nicely.

See also: 6 SINGAPORE WEDDING DRESS ALTERATION SERVICES TO CHECK OUT

 

Image: Her World Brides Jun'18

5. Thick Waist

If you'd rather be comfortable in your wedding dress than suffer in a corset design (created with wire boning, the corset bodice wedding dress is very popular for brides looking for more sensual curves), pick the universally flattering A-line that gives the illusion of a smaller waist.

 

Image: Her World Brides Jun'18

6. Thick/Skinny Limbs

If you're conscious of your limbs and don't wish to bare them too much, pick a design that covers them tastefully and elegantly. You can opt for sheer or lacy panels that show a bit of skin without revealing too much.

To cover upper arms, opt for off-shoulder and shawl designs, or one with flutter sleeves. For legs, just have long skirted styles that provide maximum coverage for your lower limbs.

You can also try on sheer layered tulle skirts which are lighter and easy to move around; just make sure there are many layers to lessen the transparency.

See also: 7 POPULAR WEDDING DRESS STYLES AND HOW TO STYLE THEM

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