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Finding the wedding dress that flatters your shape best.

Here are some tips on choosing suitable wedding gowns for different types of figures:


Hourglass Shape Figure:  Considered as the dream figure. The hourglass figure is round and curvy, with a well-defined waistline, fuller hips and bust and generous thighs. 

The majority of styles look great on hourglass figures. The ideal neckline for the hourglass shape is strapless, scooped or V neck as these will accentuate your bust. The belt or sash will be a feature and style will fall on your slender waistline.

When looking at fabrics aim to buy sheer, soft, clingy fabrics and avoid stiff bulky fabrics and design as they will not be figure hugging. Avoid gathered or pleated skirts, as they add bulk around the hips.

Ideal Dress Style: Sheath, A-line, Ball Gown


Pear-shaped figure: The most common figure proportion for women is the pear shape. Characterized by a slim torso, bust and waist with larger hips, thighs and bottom, pear shaped bodies benefit from well tailored and proportioned items. Strapless bodices are the best choice for this body type. Choose either an A-line, empire or ball gown and favor a strapless bustier or a halter with a circular neckline. Two-piece bridal gowns are also a good choice for this figure shape, as the bust is smaller than the hips.

Avoid wedding gowns with a straight design as they simply cannot hide your hips.

Ideal Dress Styles: Empire, A-line, Ball Gown.


Petite Shaped figure:  Petite body types are smaller and often naturally toned. They will have broad shoulders and short legs. For this figure which is compact and small it is all about creating length and curves and, of course, keeping it all in proportion. The petite shape has a small frame, is trim with subtle curves, and always has an average sized bust.

Explore different types of hemlines for one that suits you the best (asymmetrical, ruffled, etc). Create a longer silhouette with a simple column-style sheath dress. If you have a short-waist, choose an empire style or an A-line style that will take the emphasis of the waistline and create an elongated line. Play around with necklines -V-shape, halter or sweetheart compliment the petite figure.

Stay away from slim, straight gowns as you will disappear in them. If you prefer a straighter look, a good option is the mermaid skirt, which is fitted to the mid-thigh, then flares out.

Ideal Dress Style: Empire, Sheath, Mermaid, A-line


Slim/Athletic Shape:  Slim and athletic types will be straight up and down, perhaps with not much of a bottom or bust. You're straight and narrow and for you it is all about creating curves, curves, curves! Girls with a slim/athletic shape often have a large frame, straight throughout rectangle shape with no visible curves. You have wide shoulders and toned legs.

Try an empire gown that will add definition and shape to your silhouette. For full definition opt for a ball gown, the full skirt and form-fitting bodice will instantly highlight your waistline and give you a natural feminine shape.

Ideal Dress Style: Empire, Ball Gown


Full Figured Shape:  Girls with a full figured torso often have a large frame with, large bust and noticeable curves.  The idea is to choose designs that flatter your good bits, and hide your not-so-good bits. Here are some suggestions. Choose designs with minimal detailing, the less fuss the better. For example, a scooped, off-the-shoulder neckline, fitted to the hips with a slight A-line skirt with or without a train is an excellent choice for a larger girl. Two-piece gowns are often a good choice as well. Draped styles also look good, provided the drapes are diagonal, not horizontal. Try an A-line dress that slims throughout the waist and gently flows around your lower body. Want the same effect but more bottom coverage? Try a ball gown with a corseted waist or a tight-fitting two-piece that will highlight your torso and hide a fuller bottom. Another good option is the empire gown, which will draw more attention to your bust line and flow over everything else below. V, round or sweetheart necklines look best as does thick straps or a halter top. Steer clear of full gathered or pleated skirts as it adds bulk to a larger girl. Also strapless gowns generally don't suit large girls as the shoulders are usually sloped.

Ideal Dress Styles: Empire, A-line, Ball Gown


We hope the tips above are helpful for you.




There are several versions relating to the origins of the white wedding dress. According to one of these accounts the first famous woman to wear a white wedding dress was Mary, Queen of Scots. At the time, it was seen as a bad choice, as white was the official colour of mourning for the French. In 1840, however, another royal figure wore white to her wedding - Queen Victoria, at her marriage to Albert of Saxe-Colburg. Queen Victoria's wedding photographs were widely publicized, sparking interest in the white wedding dresses throughout England and beyond. The final version has the white wedding dress originating from Anne of Austria - Queen consort of France and Navarre where her white dress was considered so wonderful, that women of France (later of England, Spain and Portugal) followed Anna's example.

It was not long before the white wedding dress became a symbol of wealth. Partly because of its origins but more because white garments were almost impossible to clean and could only be worn once. Wearing a white dress on your wedding day meant that you could afford a dress that would only be worn once. This was particularly the case during Victorian times. During Edwardian times, wedding dress fashions became more extravagant. However, when the First World War broke out, the situation changed because of the poor living conditions. Wedding dresses became simpler and shorter. During the Depression and the Second World War, many women opted for a simple white wedding dress that they dyed afterwards, for instance in blue or green, so that they could still re-use the dress.

Nowadays, wedding dresses are popular in many colours. Brides often choose cream, ivory or off-white as well. The traditional white wedding dress is still very popular and beautifully complements dark hair and olive complexion. In this respect an option is to choose a fabric which complements your skin and hair colouring. Generally, a soft white wedding dress is lovely with blonde hair and a fair or olive complexion, a cream colour wedding dress enhances red hair and a fair complexion, while an ivory wedding dress complements light brown or honey blonde hair with a peaches and cream complexion.

 Notwithstanding, a wedding day is a very special occasion for a bride, and the choice of a wedding dress will be the brides. If you want to select the perfect wedding dress, but traditional white doesn't work for you, don't be afraid to choose a colorful wedding dress or a wedding dress with a splash of color, and enjoy your special day!




 Where ever you live in the world, a wedding is one of the most major and important events and choosing the right wedding outfit central to the celebration. Choosing bridal gowns and wedding dresses in Sydney is no different. From childhood, girls dream of being adorned by a fabulous wedding gown, a loving partner by her side, surrounded by family, friends and bridesmaids, and, of course, lots of flowers.  

The choice of the wedding dress is probably the most difficult and at the same time exciting moment for every bride-to-be.

 It will take time to choose what is best for you. Think of what you want before visiting a range of bridal shops. It is also best to refrain from bright makeup, as foundation and lipstick can stain the gowns. 

 When trying on gowns ensure that you wear it the way you would on the day, for example make sure the dress is laced up, if there is a corset that it is tightened, and all buttons are fastened.

Walk around in the dress, sit down and stand up a few times. You should feel as comfortable as possible. The slightest inconvenience that can not be readibly altered is the reason to abandon the dress and look for the next one.

 It is a good idea to try on different silhoettes to determine which flatters your body type. Sometimes a dress that you think may not suit you could end up being THE ONE!

 Sofia Bridal would be happy to help you choose the gown and accessories for you and your bridesmaids and would greatly appreciate you giving as a feedback, writing reviews and sharing your wedding photos.

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