Choosing a wedding dress that looks good on you involves considering several factors, including your body shape, personal style, comfort, and the overall aesthetic of your wedding. Here are some tips to help you find a wedding dress that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident.
Know Your Body Shape & Try Different Styles
Understand your body shape to identify the styles that typically complement your figure. Common body shapes include pear, hourglass, apple, rectangle, and inverted triangle. Look for dress silhouettes that accentuate your best features and create a balanced look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various dress styles during your bridal appointments. Step out of your comfort zone and try on different silhouettes, such as ballgown, mermaid, A-line, sheath, or fit-and-flare. Keep an open mind and trust the advice of bridal consultants who can recommend styles that may suit you.
Consider Necklines and Sleeves
Necklines and sleeve styles can greatly impact the overall look of a wedding dress. Choose a neckline that flatters your upper body, such as sweetheart, V-neck, off-the-shoulder, or illusion. Sleeves or straps can add elegance and support if desired, with options like cap sleeves, long sleeves, or delicate spaghetti straps. Also pay attention to the fabric. Different fabrics drape and fit differently, so consider the ones that complement your body shape and provide the desired level of comfort. Additionally, pay attention to details like beading, lacework, embroidery, or embellishments, ensuring they enhance the dress without overpowering your frame.
Find the Right Fit…Not Every Dress Can Be Altered
Proper fit is crucial for a wedding dress to look good. Make sure to get accurate measurements taken by a professional and consider alterations if needed to achieve the perfect fit. A well-fitted dress will flatter your figure and allow you to move and feel comfortable throughout the day. Most bridal gown boutiques will order a gown for you in your size. If a custom order is not an option ask to be measured and told your wedding dress size. Your wedding dress size is different than your street size and will likely be 2 or 3 sizes bigger than what you normally wear. Keep in mind that while every dress can be altered, not every dress can be made to fit your size. For example if the dress you love is a WD size 14 but you wear a 8, that altered dress will look VERY different than the one you have fallen in love with.
Consider Your Wedding Style
Take into account the overall style and theme of your wedding. A dress that aligns with the ambiance and setting of your wedding can create a cohesive and harmonious look. For example, a flowing bohemian-style gown may be perfect for a beach or garden wedding, while a classic ballgown may suit a formal or traditional venue.
Trust Your Instincts
Ultimately, choose a wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Listen to your instincts and go with the dress that speaks to your heart. It’s your special day, and wearing a dress that makes you happy will radiate through your appearance.
Need some inspiration? Check out gowns past brides have worn!