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Lucretia: Wedding dresses by body type


Every bride should aspire to look great on their wedding day.

The main ingredients to achieve the best look are to be radiant, relaxed and be ready to start a new life.

Pictures taken on your wedding day will be part of you for the rest of your life; you have to ensure that you look your best!

The first step for the bride-to-be, is to choose your dress well in advance. The wedding dress is one of them.

Consider your body type and choose a dress, with the shape, drape and attention to overall symmetry, that hides figure flaws, highlights assets and makes you a beautiful bride whatever your budget.


This body type is very prevalent and sometimes known as a “triangle” shape. You have a slender elegant neck, a sloping narrow shoulder-line, smaller bust, delicate ribcage, defined waist, wider low hips and round thighs. Basically, you’re a little bottom-heavy.

Emphasising the smallest part of your frame is key. Princess wedding gowns will look gorgeous — they gently nip in at the waist and then gradually flare to an A-line shape.

(Try a tea-length dress with this silhouette when you want to show off toned calves). Spectacular ball gowns with either a basque or dropped waistline even-out your proportions while supplying real “wow” power.

Empire-waist cuts are fitted under the bustline then flow with flattering ease over the rest of your bottom half.

Chiffon is a good choice when you desire something a little more ethereal, as it will float around your figure and provide dreamy flattery.

The best necklines are fitted and show considerable skin. Corset bodices are the sexiest, while V-necks are either modest or daring depending on the dip.

Try a delicate spaghetti-strap top to show off slim shoulders. Sleeve details help, too – lightly padded cap sleeves or volume-enhancing pouf and Juliet varieties balance your figure beautifully.


Also known as the “round,” your shape is quite common and not as hard to dress as you might think. Your shoulders are well-balanced with somewhat narrow hips, and you have an ample bustline, wide back, rounded midsection, relatively small posterior and slender arms and legs.

Since your upper body is a bit wider than your lower half, concentrate on minimising a large bust and thick waistline and maximising those slim hips and gorgeous gams.

Fit-and-flare wedding frocks that flow in a gradual A-shape create waist definition and highlight a generous bustline.

As with pear shapes, a snug fit-up top adds visual interest, while a deep scoop or V-neckline also draws eyes up and away from a thicker middle.

Sidestep lightweight fabrics in favour of slightly heavier material that will follow the line of your body, not float away from it and create more volume.

Weightier chiffons are lovely, as are damask and faille. Look for airy touches like featherweight overlays of tulle or lace to add decorative oomph.

Lots of texture on the bodice helps balance your figure as well, beads, ruching panels, 3-D rosette details, lace-again it’s all about striking a pleasing visual balance.

Try to avoid really clingy fabrics or super-fitted gown silhouettes like mermaid or trumpet cuts.

Do choose to show off shapely gams in tea-length or shorter hems for outdoor and destination weddings.

Until next week. Stay fabulous.

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