THE DRESS

We asked celebrity stylist Louise Roe how to find the per­fect dress for your shape

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While many of us have a good idea of the styles and shapes that suit us best, the wed­ding dress is a com­plete gamechanger. Th­ese tips will help you find the ul­ti­mate gown to show off ev­ery amaz­ing as­pect of your fig­ure.

PEAR

Flat­ter your smaller up­per body with a clas­sic princess-style gown. “A corset bodice and A-line skirt tend to work re­ally well on pear-shaped fig­ures, as they em­pha­sise the waist while also hid­ing the hips and bot­tom,” says Roe.

AP­PLE

A corset is a great pick, since it helps cinch you in and cre­ate a waist. “Ap­ples tend to have great legs, so if you’re de­bat­ing a shorter skirt, go for it!” Roe ad­vises. “I also love lace sleeves, be­cause they draw the eye up­wards and away from the mid-sec­tion.”

“Top and skirt com­bos are great if your wed­ding is less for­mal and you want to wear the pieces again separately. I also love the cur­rent trend for blush and pink tones, rather than white and cream”

ATH­LETIC

Flaunt those long and lean limbs! “Strap­less dresses are great for show­ing off toned arms and shoul­ders,” says Roe. “A very clean, sim­ple col­umn gown looks great on ath­letic fig­ures – fit­ted and sleeve­less is a pow­er­ful vi­sion walk­ing down the aisle.”

BOY­ISH

Slim, boy­ish fig­ures should go for gowns that cre­ate the il­lu­sion of shape. “Satin neg­ligee-in­spired gowns with a lace trim, like the John Gal­liano one Cindy Craw­ford wore to her beach wed­ding, look brill on a boy­ish fig­ure,” ex­plains Roe. “A drop-waist­band also suits peo­ple with nar­row hips and re­ally chan­nels the ’20s flap­per style.”

TALL

Ac­cen­tu­ate height with gorgeous silky fab­rics. “A col­umn style or slinky gown with min­i­mal frills or fuss re­ally com­ple­ments a taller fig­ure,” says Roe. “Try look­ing for one that has a slit and thin straps, as a huge skirt on some­one who’s tall can be over­whelm­ing. My all-time favourite look for a wed­ding dress is off-the-shoul­der lace, which looks fab on long limbs.”

SHORT

Don’t over­whelm a pe­tite frame with a huge dress, ad­vises Roe. “Try a cropped A-line skirt with a fit­ted bodice, or three-quar­ter-length sleeves, which are gorgeous on smaller fig­ures. A ’50sstyle dress is per­fect for a low-key wed­ding, too…

Plus, it lets you show off any state­ment shoes!”

“Ac­ces­sories are key for mak­ing your bridal look stand out. I love vin­tage hair clips or ear­rings, and I’m a big fan of the veil. It’s just so el­e­gant and mys­te­ri­ous (and when else are you go­ing to wear one?!)”

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