May 22, 2016

The Best Dress Styles for Petite Brides

On a day that demands “notice me!” the last thing you want to feel is swallowed by your gown. Petite brides may feel overwhelmed shopping for a wedding dress given that they face a slight challenge not only in height, but also in dimensions. Rather than seeing a world of limitations, understanding what will work best for you will help you approach wedding dress shopping with excitement instead of apprehension, embracing your assets rather than what you feel you are lacking.

When it comes to finding the perfect dress, there are a few secrets to creating the illusion of height and elongated dimensions. Choosing a dress that fits your natural waistline, like a simple A-line gown like style 8869 or a classic clean ball gown like style 8635, will flawlessly flatter a smaller figure. If you’re looking for a more sassy silhouette, aim for a slight mermaid cut rather than a dramatic trumpet dress that may cut you off too abruptly. Style 8862 features a slight mermaid flare plus front and back lace seams create an elongated, curvy silhouette. If your vision of the big day includes you in a big princess-like ball gown, but you’re afraid of looking swallowed by fabric walking down the aisle, look for a dress that adds volume without the bulk. Style 8873 features a princess-like full skirt with a higher waist that will have you floating, not swimming, down the aisle. It’s always tempting to add embellishments to any dress to glam up your wedding look, but opt for subtle sparkle rather than a flashy statement that may overwhelm a small frame. Tattoo lace, eye-catching beading, and monochrome appliques will add an ounce of intrigue without too much distraction. Both styles 8871 and 8799 are inspired by 1920s-era glamour and feature intricate beading on the bodice to draw the eye upward making the bride appear naturally taller. Both styles also have light, cascading trains that will add some dramatic flair without overpowering a petite figure. The key to finding your dream dress is to have an open mind and reserve plenty of time to try on multiple styles and silhouettes to see what suits you best. Book an appointment with a stylist at a store near you to begin your hunt for the perfect dress and we hope that your search will be the only thing that feels short in the end!