How to choose a wedding dress to minimise hips?

The key to looking your best on your wedding day all comes down to saying yes to the right dress. All eyes will be on you as you make your grand entrance walking down the aisle and as you mingle through the day to the evening reception. If you fall into the pear shape category where your hips are naturally wide, finding the best way to flaunt and flatter your figure will make you look and feel fabulous.

Choosing a wedding dress that compliments your figure rather than concealing your least favourite attributes is the best way to balance your figure.

Brides-to-be with a fuller figure can pull off princess gowns as a full skirt can balance out the bust and take away the gaze from your hips; the same applies for A-line styles. The wider skirt hem will become the widest point rather than your hips, defining your smaller waist and leading the eye to the bust.

Crepe, satin, tulle, and chiffon are all stunning in their own ways and can achieve different softness’ depending on the look that you’re going for. The same fabric in different weights can also determine how soft the skirt drapes.

Take into account the season and venue where you’ll be holding your nuptials.

A classic princess or ballgown is achieved with many layers of fabric and petticoat in the skirt which can become overwhelmingly warm and heavy in the summer season. A-line styles are a less voluminous and lighter option for the summer. Modernise your take on the ‘princess’ look with a light-as-air tulle skirt with a thigh-high slit.

Chiffon fabric will look ethereal and float whimsically as you twirl the night away. Consider having a show-stopping train to add the finishing touches at the back of your wedding gown. The back is just as important as the front as your guests will be seeing the back of your outfit when you take your walk down the aisle.

A formfitting corset or bustier bodice can highlight your upper body and divert attention away from the hips. Details like beading, intricate floral applique and embellishments add an enchanting element and will add a considerable amount of depth to balance out proportions. V-necklines, sweetheart and plunging necklines are extremely flattering and timeless features on any wedding gown. Romantic sleeves or shoulder details can also balance out your smaller shoulders with your wider hips. Cap sleeves, puff sleeves, illusion sleeves and off-the-shoulder sleeves are elegant and effective at adding sophistication.


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