Make Yourself Look Fit With Perfect Wedding Dress

wedding dress that suits you

On the big day it is important that you feel comfortable, and your dress feels almost like a second skin.

The dress should be tailored to fit your body precisely. Most salons have an in-house person who looks after alterations, or at the very least will refer you to one who does work for them. In saying that, no-one can work miracles, so if a ball gown skirt isn’t likely to suit you because of your body shape, it still won’t after alterations, so take some time to discover what suits you BEFORE you even go shopping. Here are some dos and don’ts for every body shape.

It’s the dress of all dresses, the one that would live on forever in pictures and albums for years to come. It was now my turn to find the wedding dress that would be put on display for all to see. But when all was said and done, there were so many things I wish I would have known on my journey to find The One. As brides, we are constantly bombarded with “How Tos” and “Bridal Tips,” but what about things to avoid? If I could do it all over again, I would have done it differently. I’m here to tell you what I wish someone would have told me. It’s what not to do when picking out your wedding dress.

How to Select Wedding Dress ?

Choosing a shape

All wedding dresses fall under these basic shapes:

Ball Gown

The most traditional of all categories, the ball gown is a full bodice and a waistline that leads to a very full skirt.


The hallmark of the empire style gown is a high waistline which sits just under your bust, and falls to a slimmer skirt.

A-line or Princess

An A-line or Princess shape features vertical seams flowing from the shoulders down to a flared skirt that create an inverted “V” — or “A” — shape.


The slim straight skirt, falls down from the waist into a figure hugging shape.


A figure hugging gown that skims over every curve of the body.

Mermaid wedding dress


Similar to the Mermaid shape this figure hugging shape has a flowing tail at the back.

Dos and Don’ts for your body shape

Very few of us are happy with our body shape, but even the best cosmetic surgeon can’t change your actual shape. What you need to do is identify what your actual body shape is and work within the guidelines of what looks good for that shape. Here are some simple tips on what suits each kind of body shape.


Dress Dos: Keep it simple, Columns, Empires and A-lines look fab on this shape body. Nice cuts with mimimal accessorising on the bodice and skirt. You can go all out on the neck-line too, as petites carry this off very well.

Dress Don’ts: Stay well away from big ball gowns, they will drown you. Another thing to steer clear of is two-tone dresses, i.e. Red on the top and ivory on the bottom, this will cute you in half and make you look shorter than you are.

Pear Shaped

Dress Dos: Ball gown can suit this body shape great, although in some cases can emphasise the hip area, so go for minimum puffiness in the skirt. Opting for a strapless ball gown will balance your top and bottom half.

pear shaped wedding dress

Dress Don’ts: Steer clear of the figure hugging column style gowns. Another thing to remember is accessories on the dress around the hip area are a no-no, don’t let this put you off a gown though as they should be removable by the seamstress in the bridal shop.


Dress Dos: A halter neck on the gown can narrow down your shoulders. Choosing a structured bodice can pull you in to that desirable hour-glass figure.

Dress Don’ts: A big no-no is covering up the shoulders, it can often emphasize what you are trying to hide. You’ll be surprised how a good gown can balance you out, so get trying on and don’t worry about your shoulders..


Dress Dos: A basque or structured bodice can work wonders, you can shed pounds by just fastening it up. A strapless gown with a matching shawl or wrap looks great, and you can shed the shawl when you’re ready to dance!

Dress Don’ts: Column gowns and mermaid can cling to the body and are not often the best for this shape. Also avoid skinny or spaghetti straps, this will only make you look bigger.

Busty (Hourglass)

Dress Dos: Structured bodices again work on this shape and depending on how toned you are you can get away with a lot of styles. A neckline cut straight across the bust can minimize your bust.

Busty wedding dress

Dress Don’ts: Don’t go for a low neck-line, it never works.


Dress Dos: Tall women look great in mostly all of the shapes, from columns (if you’re also slim) to A-lines and full ball gowns, but especially mermaid and fishtail.

Dress Don’ts: Don’t go for a high neckline or any long sleeved gowns.

Apple Shaped

Dress Dos: Empire-waist gowns are perfect for this figure. Basque waists will give you the nipped and tucked look you desire.

Dress Don’ts: Steer clear of columns and dropped waists, which will make you look boxier.


Dress Dos: A princess-line silhouette, fitted at the bodice flowing in to a full skirt, will instantly make your body look longer.

Dress Don’ts: Avoid figure huggers, this will only emphasize the short waist.


Dress Dos: An empire gown will disguise the waist and slim you down.

Dress Don’ts: Basque waists are not good on thick waists, so keep well away!

Your Fittings

From first fitting to final, here’s what to expect — and what’s expected of you.

Before Your First Fitting

You must before anything buy your under-wear, this can dramatically change shape with even different bra, so buy before you try.

Try if at all possible to have bought your shoes at this stage and bring them with you. The shoe height will dictate how the material falls. If you haven’t chosen your shoes, bring a pair of shoes the same height that you will choose for the big day. Don’t be tempted to go and inch higher when it does coming to choosing shoes, or you’ll be in trouble!

Your First Fitting

This event usually takes place between 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding. Brides are often nervous that they might not like the gown anymore, rest assured this never happens. You will step back into it and feel like a princess. If you can, bring someone along with you.

The first fitting is important for:

  • That your gown is the right size
  • The seamstress will ‘measure you up’ while you are in the gown, she will use pins when decided where it needs to be taken in, or taken up.

Keep and eye out for the following when trying on the dress and communicate this with the seamstress.

  • The general feel of the gown when it’s on
  • How the waist feels and the bust area
  • Any puckering, bunching or bulging of material
  • All accessories on the gown, i.e. bows, sequins etc are well sown on

Investigate all angles of the dress (while you are still wearing it). Don’t presume the seamstress knows you don’t like a particular part, and the way it sits. Speak up about everything, you’re the customer and you are paying for this service. The seamstress should be able to tell you why a problem exists, and what can be done to fix it.

slim fit wedding gowns

Your Second Fitting

About 4 weeks before the wedding you will attend for your second fitting. You might as many brides do have lost some weight, or gained some weight with all the stress going on around you. This will give the seamstress enough time to alter the gown slightly.

The second fitting is important for:

  • You can move comfortably in your gown (Yeah go on, throw a few shapes in the salon)
  • There is no obvious wrinkling, bunching, or pulling of material
  • That the dress is the right length, it should skim over your shoes.

Once again, if it doesn’t feel right tell the seamstress, it’s her job to keep going until you are satisfied.

When the day of your final fitting finally arrives you are probably sick with nerves and excitement, so bring your Mum, sister, bridesmaid, friend or all of them, so they can cast a concerning eye over the gown and maybe see something you don’t.

Ask the seamstress the following questions (if applicable):

  • Does your gown have a bustle, if so, learn how to put it up, this will probably have to be done by your bridesmaid unless you’re really flexible!
  • Learn how to care for the gown. What happens if you wake up the day of the wedding and you spot a big massive crease. Do you iron it, steam it, leave it?
  • What about spills, what should you do if you get one?

Now you should be ready to take the gown home. Treat it with up-most care, and guard it like a bodyguard until the big day. Resist the temptation to keep trying it on at home (like some of us do), you could get it marked or stained and not even a 10 second glimpse in the mirror is worth that.

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