Famed for creating exquisite frocks for women’s special days, Vera Wang’s bridal dresses are a hit with celebrities too: Lily Aldridge, Hilary Duff and Alicia Keys all opted for one of her gowns.

Here, Vera Wang gives some tips to engaged women who are shopping for their perfect outfit.

Vera wang bridal fall 2012
Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2012. Image: Vera Wang

Show off your curves with a fishtail frock
Vera Wang says most women look great in a mermaid-tail wedding dress. “A mermaid shape clearly articulates the curves of the body. Ideal for an afternoon or an evening wedding, it also suits many body types; elongating on small women and extremely flattering on full body shapes,” she said.

Flattering on all: The A-line skirt
For those who don’t want such a clingy dress, Vera suggests opting for an A-line skirt. The shape is universally flattering and always stays in style.

“An A-line shape is always elongating. Worn full, an A-line can be extravagant without sacrificing silmness, while a narrow A-line can be dressy or informal. This versatile shape also minimises a heavy figure,” she said.

The neckline
“When choosing a neckline, a bride should consider her weight, height, bone structure and age. The smaller the bride, the shorter she will look with a décolleté; the older the bride, the less she should reveal,” she told the British edition of Grazia magazine.