Wedding shopping made easy for slender and skinny brides

By on January 4, 2016

Not all wedding dress styles look good on thin women. Choosing a wedding dress according to your body shape will ensure you find a flattering fit that enhances your best features. If you are slender with a straight, boyish structure, there are certain features to look for in a gown so that it looks good on you.

Let us find out what they are.


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While some fabrics tend to cling and make you look thinner than you actually are, there are others that plump up your figure and give you just the right amount of curves. You should choose these. Taffeta, tulle and organza are fabrics that add more bulk, especially when they are in layers.

Stay away from crepe which clings and satin which can weigh down your smaller build. You may like to take a look at is ball gowns or A-line dresses with the bodice and skirt having different textures and with a natural or dropped waistline. For example, in a dress with a ruffled bodice and a silky skirt the waistline is more pronounced, creating the illusion of curves.


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Ball gowns which flow into layers from a pinched waist, are a thin girl’s best friend. It can hide the lack of hips, while drawing attention to a thin waist. If you wear a spectacular waistband or bow that highlights your waist, it will be even more fetching. Certain A-line gowns also look good on thin brides. If you want to go for a trendy mermaid inspired gown, choose one with ruchings on the body and a tiered or thickly layered skirt, as this create the illusion of curves. For women who are small-chested, a good option is to choose dresses with a ruffled bodice as this adds more bulk.


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The neckline of your dress should be based on how bony your neck and shoulders are. A general rule of thumb is that higher necklines look better on thin women. If your neck is long and your collar bones stick out, stay away from halter necks, strapless and sweetheart necklines that make you look even thinner. Boat necklines widen up the neckline and are a good choice, as are illusion necklines. A wide-cut V-neckline is also a good idea, but avoid plunging cuts. Consider off-the shoulder necklines and multiway dresses based on how it drapes over your figure.


Sleeveless gowns look good on thin women when they have well-toned arms. Else opt for cap sleeves, butterfly sleeves or three-fourth sleeves which fit closely. Illusion sleeves in lace or with appliques over the sleeves can camouflage thin arms. The neck and sleeves should go together to hide any trouble areas and seamlessly integrate to create the illusion of a well-balanced upper torso.


Thin women can easily carry off shorter gowns. If you will be having a beach wedding or if your wedding will be a casual event, consider a short wedding dress. In full-length gowns, lace gowns are the best choice. Keep the embellishments simple and scattered, as too many details can look overwhelming on a slender bride.

To browse through our collection of wedding dresses and find one that suits your figure, visit us on Best for Bride.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more.



    Angela Peralta

    January 10, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Those woman look really good in this dresses. The problem that I have is that I am slim AND taller than average. It is real hard for me to find a dress that works for me.


      Pamela Middlebrooks

      March 13, 2016 at 10:44 AM

      Good luck. Even though you will most likely look very sexy, it is not easy to find something that will work for you.


    Maxine Lee

    January 10, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Slim brides look so sexy! I wish I was able to find a dress that really went with my figure.


    Gwen Sorensen

    January 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    If you go with something more flowy and belled out, maybe it would not sure your slim figure as well?


    Randy Ayers

    March 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    My daughter is getting married this summer and she has a slim body. I thought it might be tough to find the right dress that fits, but does not make her look any more slim. I see the tips here, thanks!

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