How to find a flattering wedding dress for a slender body type

Slender body typeAs a woman with a slender body type, there are endless flattering wedding dress options to choose from. Read on for our advice on finding the right one for you.

Going for the illusion of curves

Unlike those with a pear-shaped or curvaceous body type, slender women often have to find ways of adding curves to their wedding day look.

Going for a dress with a full skirt is one way of sporting a more voluptuous look. Search for dresses such as the ballgown or the flared A-Line. In addition, choosing a dress with fabric overlays on the bust or around the hips will help create the impression of more pronounced curves.

As a slender woman, you will likely have a small waist. One way to bring out a small waist, while also creating a more classically hourglass figure, is by going for some shaping underwear. A corset underneath your dress can create the illusion of some striking curves. Modern day corsets are comfortable and safe to wear. Ensure that you take your measurements correctly and carefully consult with a corsetier, who can advise you on the right corset for your size, shape and your desired look.

Illusion of curves

Creating curves on the upper torso

Hitched shares their advice on how to create the illusion of curves on the upper torso:

“Another traditional trick, the curves of a wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline will add volume and create the illusion of a full bustline. You can also use some strategically placed contouring make-up to create a shadow in the centre of the bust – but this is best applied by a make-up artist (you don’t want to end up with orange or brown marks on the dress!) If you’re looking for neckline shapes to avoid, a straight neckline is generally a no-no for a small busted bride.”

The ideal wedding dresses to flatter your form

As a slender woman, you will look great in a figure-hugging gown too. A dress made from a luxurious fabric will show off your form – silk is a great option for a glamourous, uber-flattering style. A shoulderless dress looks fantastic on a slender woman, as it highlights her upper torso and arms.

A slender woman can really carry off a dress with elaborate detailing. Consider dresses rich with elaborate designs and embellishments, or those with lace designs.

In addition, a dress with a long train or layers-upon-layers of netting on the skirt can bestow an ethereal beauty on a slender bride. A tall and slender figure can carry off the look perfectly.

Finding your perfect dress

As a woman with a slender body type, you will look striking in a form-hugging, embellished dress – but you can easily pull off any dress shape or style with the right preparation.

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