Wedding Dress Styles
A-line : a narrow bodice and a skirt that flares from the waist; good for larger hips.
Ballerina : full netting and usually a tulle skirt; good for hourglass figures but can swamp more petite brides.
Bias: cut on the cross and is suitable for tall, slim figures, not for pear shapes.
Empire line: a v-neck or straps and a main seam below the bust; good for big busts, creates an illusion of height and is flattering on the waist.
Princess: a gentle flare from below the bust; good for pear shaped figures.
Column: hangs straight and is unforgiving on fuller figures, only really suitable for brides who are tall and slim.
Two-piece: a wedding dress made up of a seperate bodice and skirt is easy to adapt as they can be sewn together to form a one-piece dress. This style is practical if the bride's top and bottom are different sizes.
Big busts: avoid over-ornamentation and excessive fabric on the bust. Strapless dresses are not advisable either. Good underwear is essential; scalloped necklines are flattering.
Petites: short legs can be elongated by a high-waisted dress. Small waists and busts can be emphasised by a fitted bodice; this will also improve posture.