What Wedding Dress should a Petite Bride Choose?
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If you are petite in stature you’ll want to be sure to choose a wedding dress which flatters your proportions. In my experience most styles will work, but some shapes need more consideration than others:
You love full skirts and want to feel like a princess on your wedding day? To get the most out of this shape wear seriously high Plateau heels for extra leg length. Aim for height in the upper body as well with V or strappy necklines. Sweet hearts look good, too. I’d avoid straight strapless as together with a full skirt. The general width of the style will overpower a petite figure.
The currently so popular flowing mermaid silhouettes can look great on petite figures. If there’s a partition seam somewhere on the upper thigh or below your booty, check it doesn’t sit too low. These styles often have large train. Make sure the proportion is right for your height.
If you fall in love with a mermaid with a fuller skirt (often called trumpet silhouette) you may want to wear very high heels. Full mermaids have a tendency to shorten the legs, so try and get all the leg lengths possible.
Keep the dress very fitted from the skirt up and don’t cover up too much. If you’d like long sleeves, keep the lace very sheer, so the dramatic silhouette doesn’t drown you out with too much fabric.
Flowing A-line silhouette:
This is a very safe choice which will always look good on petite brides. Flowing silks or chiffons, even fine laces have an ethereal quality which look particularly stunning on petite brides.
If you don’t have much bust make the most of it – you’re one of the figures who gets away with very low backs easily.
To wrap it up, a few final words. You’re petite – you’re a lucky girl! You can wear just about anything beautifully. Just stick to soft fabrics and with laces choose smaller lace patterns.
Keep an eye on the proportions on whatever you’re trying on, and don’t be afraid to downsize where necessary.
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