Today we’re starting a new series, looking at how to buy a wedding dress that suits your body shape. I’m always a bit dubious of body shape stuff (mostly because the things they say for mine are usually nonsense) and I do think that the best thing you can do is to try on lots of dresses and have a chat with the ladies who work at dress shops, because they really know their stuff. But with that said, I think it’s a good idea to have a starting point. You want to look your very best on your wedding day, and the good news is, whatever your shape, there’s a dress (or several) out there that will make you look like a superstar. It’s all about emphasizing your best features and playing a bit of visual trickery to draw the eye towards them. We’re starting today with pear or triangle shape brides – a really common shape, and one which is pretty much made for a wedding dress! And as long as you avoid the wrong type of dress, the answer is no, your bum won’t look big in this. ;)
Triangle shape ladies have small upper halves with slender arms, neat busts and well defined waist, with a sexy curve on the bottom. Now working that booty J-Lo style is awesome, but on your wedding day, you’re probably going to want to go for an elegant silhouette. That means an A-line or ballroom shape with a neckline and detailing that draws the eye to your slim top half. This gives the illusion that your whole body is as slender as your upper half. A defined waist also helps to balance out the look. Avoid sheath or fishtail dresses that will be cut too close and emphasize your bum and thighs. A high neck can also make you look disproportionate.
What that means? Well, you can rock a frothy Vera Wang, for one. (Jealous!) But you really have your pick of beautiful dresses. I’ve picked just a few from the Spring 2014 lines that were recently unveiled here, but you’ll find plenty of lower priced options from most designers as well.
Katy Holmes and Colleen Rooney were two real brides who knew how to work their pear shapes. Colleen went for a full ballroom skirt and simple strapless top, while Katy used lace detailing to draw the eye up to her top half. But I think my favourite is still Kristin Davis in her Sex and the City wedding to first husband Trey – it’s a perfect example of how best to dress this shape.
Dress credits (l-r, top to bottom): 1- Pronovias; 2- Sarah Janks; 3- Romona Keveza; 4- Rita Vinieris; 5- Angel Sanchez; 6- Romona Keveza; 7- Anna Maier Ulla-Maija; 8- Johanna Johnson; 9- Rosa Clara; 10- Marchesa; 11-Monique Lhuillier; 12- Rosa Clara