Wedding dress shopping is rarely easy. However, it is even more difficult if you are a bride who belongs to either end of the size spectrum. So, if you are either plus-size or skinny, you may have a tougher time shopping for your wedding dress.
When choosing wedding dresses for skinny brides, there is the challenge of finding a dress that suits your slender body frame. Not all wedding dress styles flatter the natural body shape of really 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.
Factors to look for when choosing wedding dresses for thin brides
The overall bridal look is determined by how the various style elements of a wedding dress come together. Nevertheless, there are certain factors that are known to work well on skinny brides. For instance, a textured and thicker fabric is guaranteed to create a fuller figure than fabric that clings. Similarly a closed neckline is more suitable than a strapless one.
Like everything in the world of fashion, bridal outfits have also changed drastically with each passing decade. Over the century, bridal dresses have changed in length, silhouette, neckline patterns, sleeves, colors, fabric and styles.
Here we bring you the typical bridal fashion choices associated with each era. So, find all the wedding dress inspiration that you need to carve your unique wedding look around it.
1920’s and 30’s Gatsby Style
The Great Gatsby wedding inspired long flowing lace dresses, embellished with beading. Although the style later changed from dropped waist wedding dresses to those that once again featured the waistline, the overall effect was one of women embracing their sensuality and letting it shine through. The 30’s and 40’s were years marked by war, and the Great Depression had brides turning to practical and sensible options for wedding dresses. Many brides even chose to just wear their Sunday best for their big celebration.
Featured here is a magnificent gown from the Jasmine Couture ’14 collection. The beautiful play of lace on a simple fit and flare silhouette works perfectly for a 1920’s inspired wedding theme.
Stylish 1950’s and 60’s
This era introduced us to the sweetheart neckline and shorter hemlines. Tiered wedding dresses were a huge hit, with elaborate lace details being the trend. The illusion neckline made its debut, although in a very modest form, with the sweetheart neckline being barely visible under high collared lace necklines. The 60’s popularized empire waistlines and metallic embellishments.
This Mori Lee wedding dress 6749 from the 2014 Voyage Collection is just perfect for a 1950’s or 60’s theme wedding, with its lace illusion neckline and short hemline.
1980’s fairytale princess gowns
Princess Diana set the trend for princess style fairy tale gowns in the 1980’s. Wedding dresses featuring elaborate trains, flowing skirts, full sleeves and gathered or basque waists were the new trend in wedding fashion.
Featured here is a princess-style gown from the Mori Lee Spring 2015 collection. It is missing the statement enormous puff sleeves, or it would look the exact part of a 1980’s wedding gown.
Contemporary 1990’s style
As women of the 1990’s explored fashion, the wedding dress too took many shapes and forms. Lace was still popular, and elaborate ball gowns were still the rage. Illusion necklines and off-the-shoulder necklines were also growing in popularity, as women dared to bare more skin. Most women preferred puffed sleeves or shorter sleeves, in place of the full-sleeve gowns of the previous decade. The famous wedding movies like Father of the Bride and Four Weddings and a Funeral portrayed the common fashion styles of the time.
Our pick is this pretty ball gown with lace on the bodice from the Mori Lee 2015 collection.
The dynamic 2000’s and 2010’s
As we step into the 21st century, the strapless style makes its appearance. Simpler silhouettes such as the sheath and minimalist wedding dresses were growing in importance. In the 2010’s, a new wedding dress style was the mermaid-inspired or fit and flare gown. This continues to be a favorite with the slim modern woman.
This strapless mermaid gown belongs to the Mori Lee 2014 wedding collection. It is a common pattern we see brides of our generation sporting.
That wraps it up. To take a closer look at any of these gowns, and to find more choices, visit our bridal collection at Best for Bride today.
With summer soon approaching, it is time to bring out our wedding outfits for weddings in the warm weather. The heat during this time makes choosing a suitable attire somewhat difficult, as we have to find a dress that is formal while still being comfortable. This style guide will run you through the different types of summer weddings that you can expect to attend, and what dress is appropriate for the style of wedding and also suitable for the weather.
Another type of popular wedding style is the semi-formal or cocktail style wedding. This may be held indoors or outdoors, and can either be in the evening or in the afternoon. The wedding venue and theme should ideally determine your choice of attire for this type of wedding.
Casual weddings are a huge hit in summer, with the warm weather adding a natural and informal touch to every occasion, including weddings. These may be held indoors or outdoors. Some weddings may also be held outdoors while the reception is done indoors.
Beach weddings are a summer favorite. Although these come under the category of casual weddings, we think they deserve to be a category on their own since the dress code for beach weddings is somewhat different from all the other kinds of weddings.
Now, let us take a look at some general rules of dressing appropriately for any type of summer wedding.
Rules that apply to all types of summer weddings
We all know that summers can be warm, sometimes uncomfortably so. Nevertheless, you should always dress appropriately for a wedding in summer, however warm it may be. Be considerate of the other people at the party, and do not choose dresses that are skimpy or too revealing. It is likely that even a casual wedding may have elderly people and children attending, and you do not want to be the cause of any unwanted attention. Think of what you wouldn’t like others to wear to your own wedding, this will give you an idea of whether your dress choice is inappropriate for the function.
Jeans, shorts and tank tops are not appropriate attire for any wedding, whatever be the style. This rule applies even if the wedding is held at a beach, in a garden or the couple’s backyard. The same goes for plastic footwear too. After all, it is a wedding. You should at least make an effort to dress for it, and not turn up looking like you dropped in on your way to the store.
Apart from avoiding white (which is supposed to be the bride’s signature color), we also suggest that you avoid a dress in the color that the bridal party will be wearing, provided you know what it will be. There are no problems here, but we don’t think you would be too pleased to be mistaken as one of the bridesmaids after all the painstaking efforts you went through to pick your outfit for the wedding.
It is also a good idea to take the venue into consideration when you plan your makeup for the event. Use waterproof makeup and tone down the colors if it is an outdoor or daytime event. This will help you look fresh and charming. We also suggest that you visit this article on HowStuffWorks for more tips on what you should never, ever wear to a wedding.
Now, let’s move on to the more interesting part of what to wear to each of the weddings we listed above.
Black-tie or formal weddings
The general rules of dressing for formal weddings applies to this style of wedding in the summer as well. Aim for elegant and stylish gowns, and choose accessories that complement the dress. Floor-length gowns are the expected norm. However, you can also opt for a shorter dress as long as it is formal attire, and doesn’t look too informal or casual. Fitted silhouettes and A-line dresses with a signature detail are usually appropriate. Another choice is the Little Black dress, but make sure you dress it up so you look special and not like the ten other women wearing black.
One thing you should remember when choosing your full-length gown, is whether the fabric will be comfortable in the hot weather. Satin or polyester gowns may not be the best choice. You should instead look at cotton, chiffon or other breezy fabrics. Since the event will be held in the evening, you can choose deeper hues for your makeup, and add a few scintillating accessories to enhance your look. Just remember the standard rule: For a gown with plenty of details, keep the accessories simple. On the other hand, choose dressy accessories for a simple dress. The basic idea is to balance out your look, and not look too cluttered. Spend time to do your hair. You may like to keep it away from your face with a chic updo, as it will be both convenient and practical. Add a stunning clutch and pair of killer heels, and you are all set for the wedding.
This is a tough one to crack. It is difficult to say whether the wedding style leans more towards formal or towards casual, based on the information provided in the invitation. You can judge to a certain extent, based on the venue of the wedding. Nevertheless, it isn’t always straightforward if the wedding is held at a resort or a venue with multiple halls. Another thing to consider is the time of the event. If it is in the morning or afternoon, it is more likely to sway towards casual, while evening parties are usually more formal.
In either case, the best option is to choose a dress that is more formal, than it is casual. Cocktail dresses that end at the knee or slightly above are your best bet. But make sure that it is dressy and gives you a festive look. For daytime affairs, soft breezy fabrics in light pastels or dusty colors are a great choice. You can either choose a knee to calf-length dress or a two-piece dress, depending on what looks good. If it is in the evening, opt for darker colors and don’t hesitate to bring on the bling.
Semi-formal weddings open up a world of options in silhouettes, styles, necklines, sleeve lengths and hemlines. The jury is divided on whether pant-suits are suitable attire for semi-formal events. Since it is standard office attire, we think it’s best you let it go. Choose a dress that is more party-style instead. Go with what is trendy, or you can always pull out your safe and solid companion, the little black dress. A-line, fit and flare, and modern fit dresses are all quite popular now. You can choose an off-the-shoulder neckline, or one with a single shoulder strap for a trendy look. When choosing a sweetheart or strapless dress, add a pashmina or stole to your ensemble for the evening, in case it gets windy. For a semi-formal event, stick with heels or peep-toes for your footwear. Sandals and anything too casual are a definite no!
Do you think anything goes for a casual summer wedding? Unfortunately no! The original rules of never wearing jeans, shorts, tank tops or flip-flops to any wedding applies here as well. Never, ever pull out your formal full-length gown for this wedding, or you will end up looking overdressed. Instead, patterned dresses, plain frocks in fun breezy fabrics and short dresses that are modest, should be your choice.
Make sure that your choice of dress is suitable for the venue where the wedding is being held. Lace dresses are perfect for garden or outdoor weddings. Sparkle is alright, but do it with style and don’t go overboard with it. Choose fabrics like cotton and chiffon to feel comfortable and look good in. The current trend is to go for ballooning, loose-fitting garments, and if you find one that looks great on your frame, wear it. A skirt and blouse are also suitable for casual weddings.
If you are lost for choices, and are worried whether you will end up looking too casual, choose to wear business casual. That way, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you pack a punch by choosing interesting accessories like dangling hoop earrings or a nice chunky necklace to go with your dress. Footwear can either be wedges, peep toe sandals or kitten heels. You can accessorize with a matching scarf, which can double up as a wrap, when it gets too windy in the evening. For outdoor events, it is best to stick with nude makeup and a simple hair style that keeps your hair off your face. You can comfortably let your hair down if the event is held indoors, and also go with darker make-up colors. Casual style usually means minimal makeup and hair styling. So, just enhance your look, and don’t go decked up for a ball.
The favorite summer style wedding, beach or destination weddings are huge and happening in today’s wedding world. Since the location is definitely outdoors, there are a number of factors to consider when planning your attire for a beach wedding. Firstly, it is going to be hot and sometimes humid, so your choice of fabric is more important than at any other wedding. You will be spending time on the sand, so your choose comfortable footwear. With limited control over the wind and weather, it is best that you are prepared for it with an appropriate hairstyle and suitable makeup. Nevertheless, beach weddings are lots of fun, and one of the most casual styles. So, experiment with what you will wear, and let your personality shine through your dress choice.
Think of summer on the beach, and tea or knee-length cotton dresses come to mind instantly. Dreamy, flowing fabric and short hemlines are regulars at beach weddings. Bring on bright colors and patterns with Bohemian, Aztec prints or anything that you love. Vintage-inspired striped and polka dot dresses are also appropriate, and even chic. Soft pastels and dusty hues look great on short chiffon dresses. Patterned cotton and lace are also great choices. This is your chance to show off your fresh new tan with a beautiful sleeveless or strapless dress. Halter necklines and ruffles are also pleasant and perfect for beaches.
Maxi dresses are another excellent choice. Just remember that you will be walking in the sand, so stick to a length that is just right. Your accessories should add to your look, and it is best to opt for natural cut stones or chunky earthy colors in your accessories. Large statement earrings and burlap or jute clutches or totes are great as accessories. Keep the makeup to a minimum and fix your hair well with a suitable hairstyle that stays in one place and you do not end up looking disheveled. To walk comfortably, choose flat heels or sandals with a festive touch of color or sparkling embellishments.
Now that we have all the different types of summer weddings covered, you know what you should stock your wardrobe with, to be ready for this warm wedding season. Visit us at Best for Bride for a stunning variety of evening dresses and dresses for special occasions. With varieties for every type of wedding we just saw here, you are bound to find all the dresses you require, for attending every wedding this season. Not only are all the dresses pictured here part of our splendid collection, we have much more to suit your taste. And if you are busy planning your own wedding, check out our different wedding services and find everything you need. For more wedding tips, fashion advice and everything wedding-related, keep visiting us at Best for Bride.
The neckline of your wedding dress has an important role in determining how you look. Not every neckline looks good on a bride, only the ones that flatter her figure and facial features will create the best impact.
Here is a roundup of the various types of necklines that are seen in our wedding gowns at Best for Bride. Read on to find out which of these will best suit you, before you go shopping for your dream dress.
Types of wedding dress necklines
The scoop is basically a U or round neckline, the depth of which can determine the impact it creates. Its simplicity draws instant attention to the neck and face, and it is a universally flattering neckline that looks good on almost any bride. While most scoop necklines continue into the back with a slight dip, it can also be cut low in the front to give a modest display of cleavage. The rounded effect of a scoop neckline creates the illusion of curves and looks good on brides who are not liberally endowed in the chest area.
The V-neckline is a trend that is always popular, because there is a V for every bride. Any neckline that culminates in a pointed dip at the center can be classified as a V. It’s beauty is in its versatility. A deep cut plunging V-neckline is sexy and bold and looks good on brides with medium sized busts, while a high V-neckline is modest and elegant and suits both well-endowed and small chested women. The basic V-neckline looks beautiful on sleeveless gowns, but can also be found on cap-sleeve gowns and gowns with three-fourths or full sleeves.
Bateau or Sabrina
Also known as the Sabrina neckline, the bateau is easily recognized by its similarity to the shape of a boat. It has a slightly softened straight cut that extends from one collarbone to the other, and has a wide opening at the neck without revealing much of the decolletage. The bateau looks best on brides with small chests.
As the name suggests, this neckline lacks straps and the support is built into the bodice. The neckline may either cut straight across the bust, or slightly curve for a softer look. Since this neckline draws instant focus to the upper body, it looks good on women who have moderate size busts and should be avoided by small-chested and large-chested brides. Additionally, it is not recommended for tall, thin women as it can emphasize their height and make them look skinny.
A soft and feminine design, the sweetheart neckline resembles the upper half of a heart as it closely follows the natural curves of the bust and slightly dips in the center. This is a very popular neckline, and is also commonly paired with lace or sheer fabric to form attractive illusion necklines. It is usually paired with sleeveless or illusion style dresses but may sometimes be found on dresses with longer sleeve lengths. The design showcases the neck, decolletage and shoulders with elegance. Best recommended for brides with slender arms and shoulders, it should be avoided by brides who have too large chest areas.
A pattern that has recently gained popularity, off-the-shoulder necklines are characterized by the absence of sleeves around the shoulder. Instead the sleeves and neckline begin lower than the shoulder and extends in a line, across the chest. It thus draws attention to the shoulders, collar bones and decolletage. A very modern and trendy pattern, this neckline is a great choice for slender brides with well-toned arms and a beautiful neck. It is not recommended for brides with chubby necks and thick shoulders.
Here, the straps go around the neck and close at the back. Commonly seen on sleeveless gowns, the neckline usually closes with buttons or fabric behind the neck. It is stylish and slimming and may be cut low to reveal cleavage, or cut high to look very modest. The pattern is suitable for slim brides who wish to emphasize their bust area. Halters with sleeveless styles look great on women with long and thin necks and broad shoulders. It is not suitable for women with thick, short necks.
Single shoulder neckline
A neckline that instantly reminds us of Grecian goddesses and makes a befitting choice for beach weddings, the single shoulder neckline drapes towards just one shoulder, leaving the remaining one exposed. Also known as the asymmetrical neckline, it is very stylish and perfect for a dramatic bridal look. The single shoulder strap gives it more sophistication than the nearest similar look—the strapless design. It looks beautiful on women with narrow shoulders and thin arms. It will also suit brides with long necks and thin collarbones. In certain variations of this basic pattern, there may be a slender strap on the other shoulder, with an asymmetrical neckline that drapes more prominently towards one side.
This neckline features draped fabric that loosely hangs around the neck of the dress. The thicker fabric at the neck draws instant attention to the neck and the amount of chest that is being exposed. It can be paired with sleeveless dresses or those with sleeves. The neckline is suggested for brides with medium to small busts, as it emphasizes the upper body and makes it look bulkier than it actually is. Proper placing of the draped fabric can also work to shift focus from a full bust, but it can be revealing and so should be chosen with due care.
One of the most happening necklines, the illusion neckline is a universal classic. It features lace or sheer fabric that covers the bodice and continues upwards to form a higher second neckline. The sheer layer contrasts noticeably with the underlying fabric, and creates an ethereal finish. The most dramatic pairings are with sweetheart bodices, although it works with almost any other bodice too. The illusion neckline is often decorated with intricate lace designs, beading, embroidery or crystal work to create masterpieces of art. Such necklines eliminate the need for a necklace. The layer of thin fabric over the sweetheart or strapless neckline within it, offers support and gives the gown a modest yet sophisticated look. The illusion design used on the neckline often continues into the back of the dress too, crafting unique gowns with spellbinding effects.
Queen Anne Neckline
Similar to a halter-neck, the Queen Anne neckline is however higher up in the back of the neck and lower in the front. It is safe to say that it looks like the dress has a collar at the back, but recedes into a partially opened front. A sweetheart neckline in the front is a common design employed with this half-collar design. It has a very formal look, and this neckline is perfect for brides who do not want to display cleavage, shoulders or collar bones. It is usually paired with long sleeved gowns, to make maximum use of the elegance of its design.
As the name suggests, the neckline and the straps meet at right angles. The depth of this neckline may vary from shallow to deep, and it may either be narrow or wide. The neckline looks good on brides with round faces, as the sharp lines defining the edges draws attention away from the roundness of the face.
Very thin strands form the straps of these sleeveless gowns. The neckline as such may be cowl, scoop, V or sweetheart. The straps are usually adorned with scintillating elements to add a dose of glitz to the dress. Not only is it very stylish, it is also a modern choice that is youthful and fashionable. These straps are usually paired with modern and figure-fitting silhouettes to form glamorous gowns. It is a perfect choice if you have beautiful, well-toned shoulders and elegant collarbones. Spaghetti strap wedding gowns may not be a good idea for brides who have chunky necks and shoulders.
This can be considered a very high-cut scoop neckline, where the neckline is exactly at the area where the neck ends. It is modest, and covers up the upper torso, shoulders and collar bones. The jewel neckline is similar to a typical T-shirt neckline. It is usually paired with sleeveless wedding gowns that extend into ball gown skirts, mermaid gowns and A-line dresses. It is a perfect choice for formal wedding ceremonies, held in a place of worship. Suggested for brides who want a supported bodice and do not want to draw attention to their chest area.
This covers all the different necklines that are commonly found on wedding dresses.
Body Type: The idea of choosing any dress feature is to create a balance in look. Average sized women, with slender figures can carry off most necklines. Brides who are on the heavier side should look for necklines like the square or V, which have prominent lines that can elongate and make them look slimmer. Extremely thin women should opt for curved and wide necklines that will give a more rounded appearance to their face. The bateau, scoop and jewel will be good choices.
The shoulder width is also to be considered when choosing the neckline. Women with broad shoulders should avoid necklines like the halter or spaghetti straps that create the impression of a larger shoulder. Similarly, if you have large shoulders, choose necklines that reduce the impact by shifting focus to another area. Scoop and V-necklines do this. For brides with very narrow shoulders, choose horizontally stretched necklines like the bateau or low-cut necklines.
Face shape: Unless your face is symmetrical and oval, you have to pay close attention when choosing your necklines. Oval and angular faces can make do with almost any neckline. For long faces, necklines that are horizontal are best. Bateau and off-the-shoulder necklines are examples. Brides with round faces should look at V-necklines or other designs that balance out the roundness of their faces. A wide neckline, on the other hand, will further add fullness to your face and blow your facial proportions even bigger.
Bust size: Last but not the least, your chest proportions have a role to play where your neckline choice is concerned. Brides with moderate or average busts will look good in almost any neckline. Small-chested brides should choose necklines that create the illusion of curves and emphasize the thickness of the chest. High necklines like the bateau, Queen Anne and sweetheart necklines are a good idea. They should avoid strapless designs or thick cowl necklines. Brides who have large busts should opt for supportive neck designs like the Queen Anne, scoop or V. They should be cautious when choosing the sweetheart and plunging V, as they can end up looking bulkier than they actually are. The illusion neckline is one universal neckline that works well for most brides.
On a final note, we should add that there are several variations for each neckline. So don’t be jaded by what is suggested for each. It is possible that a certain variation of a neckline may work well for you, so treat these only as a guideline. Trust your bridal consultant to understand what will work for you, and keep your options open.
To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here, or to look at more of our splendid designer wedding dresses, visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride. With a collection as vast as ours, you will have no difficulty finding a wedding dress with not just the neckline, but every other feature that you desire. Visit Best for Bride today and make your wedding dress dreams a reality.