Shopping for a wedding dress for your petite frame is no easy task. Many bridal stores generally have sample sizes which are often far too large and long to begin with. They can easily overwhelm your petite body rather than highlight your best assets and divert your attention from choosing the right silhouette to suit your frame. So here is a simple guide to help you along your journey of choosing a flattering petite wedding gown.
A-line gowns are extremely flattering on a petite bride. It cinches in at the waist and adds soft volume as it drapes gracefully over the hips and falls into a flowy and relaxed skirt. Mermaid and trumpet styles are hip hugging silhouettes with a flared bottom, perfectly suited to petite brides with fuller hips. Not only does it accentuate the curves, but the low- cut skirt also creates the illusion of a long and lean stature, making petite brides look taller. Avoid styles like ball gown which will only shorten your figure.
Petite brides with a smaller chest can pull of plunging v-necklines and open back necklines as they draw attention to your upper frame and help elongate the torso, making you appear taller. A sweetheart neckline is delicate and adds just the right amount of romance for brides who prefer simplicity. An off-the-shoulder cut works wonders on busty brides. If more coverage is needed, an illusion bateau neckline is just as flattering and provides extra support with the straps sitting on the shoulders.
The fabrication should always compliment the silhouette. Smooth fabrics like silk, chiffon, tulle, and organza drape beautifully and flows elegantly. Soft and intricate lace with clever placement work or covering the dress’ entirety can work harmoniously with silk and tulle. The layering of these fabrics with textural details adds an element of interest. Avoid heavy embellishments as they tend to add bulk to your silhouette.
Traditional bridal gowns are always floor length, but if you’re having a civil wedding or want something perfect for a Spring/Summer garden celebration then opt for a shorter hemline. Mini length A-line skirts are fun and full of character. Not only are they comfortable and light, but you’ll be also able to easily manoeuvre your way throughout the day.
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