Wedding dress styles to choose to highlight your bust
It’s all about knowing how to show off your assets best by finding the right wedding dress that will suit your shape and flatter your figure. There are certain styles and necklines that may be more suited for brides who are either petite up top or busty. Generally speaking, brides with a modest bust can get away with an array of wedding dress styles. Brides with a larger chest require more support on the upper body so styles are more limited.
Here are a few tips to help you find a style that suits you!
Flattering necklines for busty brides
Brides with a bigger bust will most likely need to wear a bra so a plunging neckline will not work. A wedding dress will not look good over an ill-fitting bra so find one that offers you good support and lift.
The most flattering necklines that offer femininity and draws the eye down to the waistline are sweetheart, soft v-necks and scooped necklines. These necklines help to accentuate the décolletage and your most beautiful features. They create a slimming silhouette without revealing too much.
Flattering necklines for small-chested brides
There is one neckline that small-chested brides can always get away with, and that’s the low v-neckline. A deep plunging neckline is daring and chic. Opt for the full open plunge or add a sheer modesty panel commonly made from tulle to create an illusion. Ensure that the bodice is well-fitted to support the neckline. You will not be able to wear a bra with this style so in the absence of a bra, get cups sewn into your wedding dress or choose stick-on options.
A corseted bodice can give the illusion of a fuller bust with its structured bodice adding thickness and padding. It lifts and enlarges the chest. Combine this with a classic sweetheart neckline to create curves and definition. Enhance the look with off-the-shoulder straps for the ultimate touch of grace and romance. High-necked halter gowns also emphasise the chest to give you a fuller bust whilst drawing the eye to the shoulders and neck. Why not try out one shoulder styles! The asymmetrical neckline breaks up your rectangle shape and adds drama to your figure – extremely flattering for flat chested brides!
Know your fabrics!
Brides who are petite up top should choose a gown with intricate lace details on the bodice to bring volume to the bust. Strategically placed cut-outs and sheerness lends curves to the female form for an hourglass figure, while soft gathers from the neckline to the waist add volume.
Whilst embellishments and ruffles on the bodice add textures and layering to create shaping for flat-chested brides, this would add unwanted bulk to a bride with larger busts. Keep things in proportion by choosing luxurious fabrics that smooth and flatter in your already fuller regions. Satin, chiffon and lace with medium sized motifs make up the most beautiful of wedding gowns.
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