When I went out to look for my wedding dress at wedding gowns in Johannesburg, I was only thinking about what the dress would look alike. I was considering if I wanted a light, Greek Goddess looking dress, or if it should be a simple dress without any pearls or diamantes, should it be formal or non formal, what color or shape, should I go for a mermaid cut or a full length Cinderella dress, and what fabric should the dress be made of, should it be lace or light satin. The choices were numerous, and difficult to choose from. But then friends and family members started to give advices. And though they only wanted to help, it actually made the choice even harder.
The wedding dress needs so many qualities, that finding the one that has all the qualities I was looking for made it close to impossible to find. Though finding the style and fabric of the dress isn’t hard enough, I also had to find a dress that was comfortable to wear, so it would be a joy to take photos, and it had to be a dress I could dance in. The ideal would have had a dress for the ceremony, another dress for the photo shoot, and a third dress for the reception and dance. But who can afford that, not me.
Another thing I had to consider was what dress would look best for my body type. It took me a whole lot of research to find out what dress would look the best on my type of body. First of all I didn’t really know what body type I was, and much less how many different types of wedding dresses there are too choose from it terms of styles. What I found during my research was that if I have a pear shaped body I should wear an A-line skirt, that comes out from a cinched waist, it should have a diagonal draped bodice and deep neckline and no straps. For a triangular body shape I could wear a simple bias-cut wedding dress, as they are very flattering on a triangular shaped body. If my body is more rectangular shaped the focus should be on the waist with a fitted corset, wide neckline, and a full skirt.
For an hourglass shaped body a low cut shape exposing the neckline, and a tight fitting waist looks great on an hourglass shaped woman, even a mermaid dress. For an apple shape the dress should cinch at the waist, then come out into an A shape in the skirt. To add more weight to the top of the body it looks great with an ornamented deep V neckline bodice, it gives visually a better proportioned look as it created a vertical line, that takes the attention away from the widest part of the waist.
For the petite body type a trumpet shape is good. A simple sheet gown, with narrow A line cut. To stretch the figure vertically, giving the impression of being taller than what the body actually is, its good to wear a waistline slightly above the natural waistline. And for the tall body the cut should be simple and clean, in terms of a bias cut or a sheath dress. The sleeves and length of the skirt must be made long enough to compliment the body proportions. If very thin its good to wear a dress that add curves in the right places, like cinched waist, ruched bodices and full skirts.
As my body is a combination of tall, hourglass and thin I had to combine the styles to a perfect combination fitting me perfectly. It was a lot of effort but in the end it was completely worth it.