How to find the dress
We asked celebrity stylist Louise Roe how to find the perfect dress for your shape
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.
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.
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”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?!)” “It might sound silly, but make an effort with your hair and makeup when dress shopping. You’ll want to see yourself as close as to how you’ll look on your big day to get the most out of each style. And, even if you know what shapes suit you, the only way to find The One is to try on as many gowns as possible. Despite my tips, don’t rule anything out – it’s often the dress you never imagined that’s the winner!”
Roe says choose a dress that accentuates your small waist. “Opt for a trumpet or fishtail gown, as this silhouette embraces curves and gives you that Marilyn Monroe-esque, silverscreen goddess vibe.”
It’s all about finding great structure. “A supportive gown with built-in cups and a corset will give a gorgeous hourglass shape to a busty figure. Strapless looks beautiful, but if your boobs are too big for it, then one-shoulder styles will streamline and elongate the torso.”