How to find 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.


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.”

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