Searching for your dream wedding dress to suit your body shape is hard enough, but when you’re a petite bride it can be especially challenging.
As a petite woman, you may very well be acquainted with waistlines sitting too low, sleeves being too long and being swamped by the excessive length of a dress. Finding the right wedding dress to suit your petite frame is no different to your everyday clothing encounters.
It is essential to understand what styles look best on a shorter bride. Choosing the wrong style can overwhelm your figure. You want to flaunt your best assets and feel your very best in your wedding dress – no matter how tall you are. While there are a few petite bridal designers on the market, choosing a custom-made wedding dress is the best option to select a unique style for your frame and silhouette.
Simplicity is key for a petite bride, whether it’s a luscious figure-hugging silk crepe or a whimsical silk chiffon.
The combination of a minimalist look with the correctly proportioned illusional details can look elegant even on the smallest of frames. Some key design features that can effectively elongate and not widen your shape includes a plunging v-neckline to draw the eye to your face whilst elongating your frame and an empire waistline which creates the illusion of longer legs. Show off your petite frame by opting for shoulder-baring styles like a modified sweetheart illusion neckline or off-the-shoulder neckline.
The best petite wedding dress styles include mermaid, trumpet, sheath, A-line and cocktail length.
Mermaid and trumpet dresses are incredibly flattering for many body types and a glamourous way to add drama. This silhouette emphasises the bust and waist while the flare around the knee helps to balance out your frame. Sheath dresses are fitted at the waist and skims the hip as it drapes beautifully downward. This style is for the brides who love simplicity as most sheath dresses are lightweight.
A-line dresses are universally flattering as they hug the hipline before broadening down to the ankle. Finally, cocktail length dresses are fun and flirty, and what’s best is you can go all out with embellishments and laces without looking overwhelmed as you’ve compromised on the length.
You want to avoid wedding dress styles like the ballgown and princess silhouette which have excess volume and fabric as this only widens and shortens rather than lengthen the body. Three dimensional embellishments or heavily laced applique can also look bulky on a petite frame. Instead, opt for an understated flat all over lace that isn’t too fussy.
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