Best Wedding Dress For Your Shape



We’ve talked about wedding dress styles, but not what’s the best wedding dress for your shape.  As my mother always told me, just because something is ‘in fashion’ doesn’t mean it will look good on YOU.  And nothing is more important than to purchase a wedding gown that is flattering to your figure.  The chart above shows body types and the best look for yours.  The chart below takes the analysis to a finer point by …


defining only necklines.  This chart doesn’t suggest what would look the best on you, it only gives a reference guide so one can make the best decision.  I have never been a fan of the strapless gown, especially in a wedding dresses.  But there are the brides who can pull it off…  The neckline of my dress was the “Scoop.”  Maggie had a modified “Illusion.”  And KK, well…you will just have to wait to see.  All I will divulge is that it is very flattering, as is the whole gown, and she looks just beautiful in it.  Pretty vague, huh?  🙂

The charts are not a perfect science, but they do give you somewhere to start.  Decide what your body type is, focus on what is recommended for that type, and when you begin your gown search, concentrate on the styles that are supposed to flatter you.  And sometimes…you just HAVE to try them on…even if the experts say it’s your ideal…Hopefully you’ll just have one wedding, so get the dress right too..


What would be my choice today, if I were a young bride again?  I think something like the very last picture.  It’s slimming, elegant and has a bit of old world charm…but I would have to try it on.  And I’m not sure it would be the best for my body type…


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Wedding Dress Styles Part II



Bonus for the dress above.  Not only is it the coveted “Mermaid” style, but it has a lace bodice, and oodles of fabric ruffles on the bottom.  This is a gorgeous dress, the “Mermaid” a gorgeous style.  But take heed… it demands a model thin figure.  Had it been “the thing” when I married, I would have been far too short for it. It requires a tall, thin stature.


The sheath is often neglected by brides to be.  For most, it doesn’t have enough, “Big Romance” bling. But it can be spectacular with the right figure -think Carolyn Bissett Kennedy.   It also flatters all age groups of brides, and you can add your own “pop” of sparkle like the bride above did with her belt.

2a0d0c19d0180a57a5a2932a98b3a55dTEA LENGTH

I wrote a whole blog post on “Tea Length” wedding dresses.  Check it out in my “Archives”!  I think the tea length is a perfect choice for a more casual wedding, and it looks great on everyone.  You needn’t wear a full skirt like the dress above, but the full skirt lends a delightful “50’s” feel.


What about the “Mini”?  Much like the tea length , the wedding would have to be much more casual  but what a sophisticated look! And if you have the legs for it….why not show them off?  With this short length, you could wear it again.  Today, most women don’t recycle their wedding gown, but in my mother’s day, they were more practically minded, and it was not unheard of to wear your wedding dress/ suit again for another grad occasion.  Would YOU consider it?  We often follow the trnds celebrities start.  I recently saw a picture of Natalie Portman at an event decked out in HER wedding dress – food for thought…

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Wedding Gown Styles



You’re engaged!  After you select, secure and make a deposit on your venue…you need to start looking for your wedding gown.  Do your research, and in today’s world, that means going on-line.  When I was a bride 31 years ago, it was all about “Bride’s Magazine.”  Am I right, ladies?!?  My friends and I would look at it’s hallowed pages and dream.  Today’s brides do the same thing, only on a computer.

When you’re ready to go to an actual store, it’s a great idea to pick some styles you like, and that you think will flatter your figure, and print them out.  Some large salons, like Kleinfeld’s in New York, request that you create an on-line account on their website.  Prior to your reserved appointment, you are instructed to go to their website, and select the wedding gown styles you favor.

We’ll talk about four today.  First up, the Ball Gown.  This dress is flattering to most brides.  The full skirt can showcase a tiny waist, and if needed, mask generous hips.  It is also many young women’s ideal of the perfect wedding dress.


The “A Line” dress below, has similar characteristics and advantages of the ball gown, without the grandeur.  A young, as well as more mature bride, would feel comfortable in this style.


The “Modified A Line” below has a slimmer silhouette still, and a slightly lower waist-line.  When we were shopping for the girls’ dresses, one year apart, the bridal consultant told us that a large percentage of brides request “A lines” or “Modified A lines,” But there just were not many options for the salon to order from venders.  It’s such a flattering style, I was surprised.  But when do designers ever listen to us?


The “Trumpet” style, featured below, has similar details of a mermaid gown.


The trumpet and mermaid are both form fitting.  The mermaid’s flare is more so, hitting at the knee or below.  The trumpet flares out mid thigh.  Not only is it more comfortable and gives the bride more freedom of movement, it’s also more forgiving of an imperfect figure.  But women love the mermaid, making it one of the most popular styles.

Next time…more on the mermaid, sheath, tea-length and mini.  What will be YOUR choice?
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