You'll need to do a little homework before you go wedding gown shopping if you want to find the design that flatters your curvy figure. (Don't worry. It's super easy and there's no pop quiz!)
Let's begin with the basics. A silhouette is the overall design of your flattering plus size wedding dress. It includes these key design elements: bodice, neckline, waistline and skirt.
A-line or Princess
You can spot this silhouette because it basically has no waistline. This very popular dress features a fitted shape defined by vertical seams that flow naturally from bust line or shoulders to a flared skirt that creates one clean line. The skirt is typically an A-line, a design that flatters every figure.
Think Cinderella! This is the most traditional formal dress hallmarked by a fitted bodice and natural or dropped waistline that falls into a full or very full skirt, often worn with a bouffant slip. Ball gowns hide hips and tummy. But think twice if you are short. This silhouette easily overwhelms a petite figure.
A high waistline starting right under a fitted bodice that falls to a slim skirt.defines this silhouette. Ideal for concealing a heavy midriff or tummy. And the design is comfortable because the waist is not fitted.
Mermaid or Fitted
Go down the aisle showing off your curves in a mermaid gown. This sexy, slinky style hugs the body from the bust through the torso. Then the skirt skirt that flares at or just below the knee creating the look of a fishtail. Best reserved for brides with hourglass figures and plenty of confidence!
This modern design creates a long, close fitting dress with a slim, straight skirt that follows the body's curves all the way to the hemline.