Wedding Dress Styles

Classic 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.

Body Shapes

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.

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