Known for her figure-flattering wedding dresses, top UK bridal designer Amanda Wyatt reveals how to choose the right wedding dress for your shape…


Throughout my years of working in the bridal industry, trends have come and gone but one thing stays the same, and it’s always the one question I get asked from brides-to-be…

How to choose the right wedding dress for your shape

I will forever look to give as many tips and tricks away as I can especially when it comes to the dress style. The choice out there is endless, but don’t be afraid as there really is something for everyone!

Your body shape often changes, and the silhouette you always assumed flattered you the most may surprise you once you start trying on in the search for your ‘one’. But my best tip? Trust your instinct! If you feel just like you’re in a fairytale the second you step in to a dress, you will know that’s the one for you!

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But just in case, here are a few little pointers on how to choose the right wedding dress for your shape…

If you have a large bust

choose-the-right-wedding-dress-for-your-shape-nieveDiscover your inner glamour girl and choose a sweetheart, halter, or plunge neckline. A dress with boning will give added support for dancing the night away and a fishtail shape is particularly flattering, flaring out just below the knee the gown will balance your top half to show off your curvy figure.

Still stuck? Have a peak at Nieve from my 2013 collection.

If you want to cover your arms

A wrap, shrug, capelet or shawl are the perfect solution to covering your arms without having to sacrifice the perfect dress. Planning a winter wedding? A white faux fur or marabou shrug is a glamorous way to cover up for you and your bridesmaids.

If you have an undefined waist

choose-the-right-wedding-dress-for-your-shape-jolieA great tip for creating the illusion of a waist is to look for a gown with a deep V-neckline in both the front and an open back, Jolie is an ideal example of this and is one of my personal favourites.

If in doubt, or just want to add a little extra something to draw the eye into the waistline, a delicately detailed belt or sash can make your midsection appear more defined.

If you are tiny on top, with a rounder bottom half;

choose-the-right-wedding-dress-for-your-shape-mabelBalance out your figure with a full skirt in A-formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting your narrow middle and floating away from the hips and thighs. For extra brownie points, a spaghetti-strap body will showcase your figure.

Still Confused? Have a nosey at Mabel from The Oxford Collection.

All in all, celebrate your figure and don’t worry!! No matter what your body shape, rain or shine you can guarantee your man will be far too happy to be marrying you to even notice your insecurities when the big day comes around.

You can see Amanda’s latest dress collection for 2013 here

How did you choose the right wedding dress for your shape? What other tips can you give to other brides-to-be? Let us know your comments below…