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Wedding Gowns for "Short" Brides: Your Best Styles!

Updated on December 11, 2015
What style wedding dress do you wear if you're short, but want to look taller?
What style wedding dress do you wear if you're short, but want to look taller?

Short? What Style Wedding Gown Is Best for YOU?

If you're short, it only makes sense that you want to look taller, stately, and as elegant as you can on your wedding day.

And there are definitely styles of wedding gowns that can make that happen--and styles that you should avoid.

The best designs for those of you who are short in stature are the "empire" and/or "A-line".


The "empire" gown...  Photo: Alfred Angelo
The "empire" gown... Photo: Alfred Angelo

The "Empire" Wedding Gown...

The "empire" wedding gown has a seam under the bust-line, with the material flowing from that seam to the floor.

The gown may be strapless, or V-necked, or a halter style, but the key is that the seam is under the bust-line, which makes the lower two-thirds of the body look longer and therefore, taller.

See the photo to the right.

A classic A-line gown. Photo: Bellisima Couture.
A classic A-line gown. Photo: Bellisima Couture.

The "A-Line" Wedding Gown...

The other style of wedding gown that will make you look taller is the A-line. In this style, the dress flows, in two parallel seams, from the neckline to the floor (although their are different styles of this popular dress). 

The A-line may be a strapless gown or off-the-shoulder, for example.

See the photo to the right.

A "natural" waistline cuts the body in half and will make a short bride look smaller.  Photo: Amsale Bridal.
A "natural" waistline cuts the body in half and will make a short bride look smaller. Photo: Amsale Bridal.

Short Bride? What NOT to Wear...

Any wedding gown that cuts you at the waistline and divides your body will make you look shorter. For that reason, avoid them. This includes the "natural waistline" (see photo at right), and the "dropped" waistline, which falls about three or four inches (sometimes lower) from the natural waistline.

These gowns divide the body and will make you look shorter, when it's so easy, with the right selection of a gown, to make you look much taller and more stately than you ever thought possible.


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