Bridal Style To Suit Your Shape

Posted by Aoife O Gorman

Bridal Style to compliment your Shape


Getting the correct bridal style is so important as what you imagine yourself walking down the aisle in versus reality of what suits can be completely different. Many people love looking online, through websites and magazines to browse dress styles before they start shopping. We advise against this. This works in other areas of planning but unfortunately you could be looking at styles 5+ years old on Pinterest as it has received so many hits online,

Below is a rough guideline on styles to look for to suit your figure and to help you when browsing. Of course we will guide you depending on neckline, fabric etc also.



Do : Silhouettes: Empire waist, A-line, tiered skirts; Necklines: Any pretty, or decorative neckline will focus eyes away from the waist and breakup the dress so doesn’t look straight.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Princess line, or basque or dropped waist; Necklines: Avoid plain necklines such as bateau or unadorned short scoops.

Broad Shoulder / Big Busted

Do : Silhouettes: Ball gown or A-line; Necklines: V-neck or plunging neckline.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Empire waist; Necklines: strapless or spaghetti straps.

Full Figured

Do : Silhouettes: Ball gown or A-line; Necklines: V-neck or plunging neckline.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Empire waist or sheath; Necklines: strapless or spaghetti straps.


Do : Silhouettes: A-line or drop waist full; Necklines: sweetheart or V-neck.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Empire or ball gown; Necklines.

Bottom Heavy (Pear Shaped)

Do : Silhouettes: A-line, basque waist or ball gown; Necklines: strapless or soft round or scooped.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Sheath; Necklines: V-neck.

Short Waist

Do : Silhouettes: Princess or A-line; Necklines: Portrait or Halter.
Don’t : Silhouettes: Sheath


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