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Flattering Wedding Dresses for Skinny Brides

Updated on July 8, 2017

(Style A)

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A Beautiful Knee Length Short Wedding Gown

This adventuresome, yet sophisticated lace taffeta, long sleeve dress is a sweeping look for petite brides, who might be worried about looking a little too short or skinny.

Romona Keveza uses silk taffeta here to make this dress, stylish, comfortable, and very chic. Silk taffeta is a really smart decision for anyone, who wants a fabric that will last throughout the wedding event without getting overly stressed from wear. Moreover, it is not only the choice of Ramona's fabric here, which makes it so perfect for a thin bride, it is also her excellent choice to use delicate, re-embroidered, Alencon-lace overlay. The lace assists in accentuating the perfect fit.

Both of the materials used on this lovely gown, are slightly stiffer fabrics than a bridal gown made of jersey knit, raw silk, or crepe. The fact that silk taffeta is stiffer, does not hinder its ability to appear sophisticated, luxe, yet light and airy. Silk taffeta accentuated with re-embroidered Alencon lace, is much more forgiving around the hips than say a wedding dress made of organza, and accented with cheaper Chantilly lace appliques.

Organza has a tendency to pull at the seamline, when properly fitted to the body. Thats because it is really meant to be used as an overlay over muslin. If this was a plus size bride, and this dress was made of organza, it would not help conceal the bride's belly fat, anymore than it would conceal hip bones. Stay away from materials that do not have any body to them such as- Jersey knit, organza and crepe fabrics. It is also worth mentioning that these fabrics can be a seamtress worse nightmare. They simply do not perform well when altered. The fabric on a cut end, has a tendacy to want to cup inward and eventually that turns into a ceased, inward-facing, fold. They also like to snag or pucker when taken in or hemmed. Leave these complicated fabrics to the teenagers and their prom dresses.

Everyone can see how this dress is tucked and nipped in all the right places, which creates just the right amount of fullness around the buttocks, and hips. Not only does this dress help to accent all the refined features that make petite women desirable, it is also effective in concealing bony provinces. Frankly, there are quite a few small ladies researched, who said their bony joints really bothered them. No woman wants to highlight their trouble area on their big day. Needless to say, just look at how well this dress fits the tall size 0 model. If you have long arms, and are looking for a gown to cool those worries you might have about them..., something along this line, really is a fantastic choice.

  • Dress A's highlights are that it helps to conceal: Shoulder blades, collar bones, small chest sizes, broad shoulders, elbows, and long arms.

(Style B)

Designer Valentino Sposa
Designer Valentino Sposa | Source

Straight Sheath Gown

This straight, princess cut, waistline is another perfect match for a thinner beauty. Lace has a way of creating an illusion of fullness, without appearing overbearing or heavy. The one thing that brides need to keep in mind is the fabric(s) of her gown. Heavy satin materials have a tendency to weigh down petite women. While this bulky material keeps a larger bride from looking too top heavy, it will not have the same effect for a smaller bride. If a bride wants her wedding dress to weigh more than she does on her wedding day, satin fabric would be the perfect choice to choose.

What I also like about this particular dress, is its stunning, boat cut, neckline. Which happens to be a really good feature for hiding collar bones, or slightly concave breast plate. Boat necklines tend to accent a bride's pretty neck, and striking facial features. This neckline serves a dual purpose of hiding and showcasing. It has a tendency to mask slightly slouchy or rounded shoulders. Boat necklines are good at hiding body features such as; the sternum, which is most often more noticeable if a bride, chooses a plunging neckline. It is my personal opinion that the lace also adds to the dresses overall look, and is what gives it the feel sophistication and elegance. Maybe that is why I have selected two different lace dresses for the shape of these brides.

Dress B helps to conceal: Rounded shoulders, shoulder blades, collar bones, concave breast plate, height issues.

(Style C)

 (2009) Collection
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Off the Shoulder Looks

This amazing Rosa Clara bridal gown, is my favorite for skinny brides. The off the shoulder neckline makes for a nice distraction for too much collar bone, and even helps flat chested brides. The beautifully tucked darts at the waistline also helps to silhouette the appearance of curves. Especially needed for woman who happens to be built straight up and down. The gown's appeal is how it is able to create a dainty and refined figure. Another feature to take note of is it's unique waistline. Notice how the striking princess darts align and spotlight the waistline. A bride who wears a dress designed like this one, should be walking down a Paris runway. Not only do the darts showcase this brides remarkable waistline, they are an essential necessity when wanting to accent a thinner bride's, refined feminine figure. A dress like this one, also would help to lengthen a petite-size women's torso.

Not all of us can be so blessed with a perfect figure, but, hey that is what this article is about. Celebrating the fact that we are all built uniquely different, but, admitting to ourselves that there also features about our bodies, in which we don't always think looks the best when standing in front of the mirror. It is okay if you are not happy with the way you look. People should not fault anyone for wanting to look or feel better about themselves. Therefore, if a petite bride wants to look taller on her big day, then a dress designed like this one, will definitely do the trick.

Flattering Neckline Styles


Never Underestimate the Power of Necklines

Necklines need to be paid particular interest to. Too low cut of a neck can show off more than just a ladies cleavage. See how each of these featured necklines work to refine the model's physique. Each one of these delicate necklines rest well on each one of these models' facial features. Necklines are a great tool to help accentuate bustlines, shoulder lines, and stance. They can even assist in making her appear a bit taller.

Just Say NO to This Dress Style!

Feeling Empowered and Beautiful

The primary idea of this hub is seeing to it that every woman, feels her prettiest and best. Its no secret not all styles of bridal gowns, look fabulous on every body style and there are a vast variety of reasons why. People usually just gossip about how bad/good brides look, and never think about the bride's feelings. This hub article is to empower women to look their most striking for such a momentous occasion.

Which wedding dress is your favorite for a skinny-minnie bride?

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    Tony zega 

    14 months ago from 3145 East Chandler Blvd #110 Phoenix, AZ 85048

    Quality of the fabric looks awesome.

    It seems that dresses has been manufactured professionally.

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    samantha sumter 

    7 years ago

    it should be a dress that doesn't have fluff at the bottom at all that is the kind that i really want because i think that they are cute that way.

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    7 years ago

    I love the dress in A, but what would I do about my skinny legs

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    Julie Grimes 

    7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Glad to be of help! Good luck and have a great marriage.

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    7 years ago

    Wow thanks a lot ... as much as ppl may think its great being skinny, I absolutely hate it. I envy the curvy women and now that im engagaged im like OMG im gonna look horrible in a gown but I love that lace suggestion.Look B Sposa :) want it!

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    Keri Summers 

    7 years ago from West of England

    I love that Clara dress. I was looking for a Grace Kelly type dress to make the most of my tiny curves, and ended up with a bodice topped dress with a ginormous skirt. No-one was more surprised than me at my choice. However, I wore my hair long, and that helps a lot with the collar bone effect. I'm too skinny for short hair! Great subject for a Hub.

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    Naliyah 915 

    8 years ago

    I am planning on getting married and I am so worried that I'll look too skinny in my weeding dress... I Look like a kid and I am scared that every dress I find will look ugly on me because I am too too too thin!!

    I will take all of this in mind when I am looking for my dress:)

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Well CONGRATS!!! That is super. I'm glad this article was of some service to you. Thanks for commenting.

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    9 years ago

    LOVE THIS :) I am about to get married and I am rather thin, I wouldn't say I am really skinny but I decided on a mermaid dress. I LOVE IT. These designs are gorgeous!

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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    9 years ago from Bath, UK

    Great post, especially love the Rosa Clara gown, but their all beautiful!

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    Sarah Carlsley 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Love this hub, and your ideas are great. Love your point of view, and that gown by Romona Keveza is gorgeous!

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    9 years ago

    These are really tips of insight. Thanks for your great work.

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    And, I bet you looked beautiful.

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    Susannah Birch 

    9 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

    Great hub. I was (and still am) very skinny. I wore a basic sleeveless dress with a cowl neck. It went down to a heart waist then flared into a knee length skirt. I had it made because I couldn't find one I liked in my price range.

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Good, I'm glad to have a new friend. I love weddings.

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    9 years ago from Chicagoland

    These are all fabulous suggestions of style! I worked as a bridal consultant for 6 years and these were styles I would suggest to thin and petite brides who did not know what to start trying on first. I will also say that style C can be worn on the bigger brides who still have the "hourglass" to their figure. All of the texture from the ruffles at the bust and hips actually help diminish size, but the flat corset waist enhances their proportions. I am going to fan you immediately and look through some more bridal stuff as I ? it!!!

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    What a beautiful sentiment. Your wife is a very lucky gal. Xo

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    Robert E Smith 

    9 years ago from Rochester, New York

    My lovely wife and I had no wedding. We were married in the pastor's house with one friend of mine and the pastor's family in attendance. I can't imagine her in any of these beautiful dresses because even though they are beautiful, they wouldn't do her justice. It's hard to imagine any that would. I think that's why most guys wouldn't pick out wedding dresses for their women even if they had a chance. I suppose if I had to choose, I'd go with B. With the exposed shoulders (like C.)your eyes are torn between going up and down. Us guys can't handle a decision that big, up down up down. Too much to think about when you are scared to death to begin with. Sexy beautiful sexy beautiful vows playtime vows playtime. How can any guy keep his cool in such cases? I say elegant with a great dose of feminity. Lacy but not provocative (remember we have to be there when we are promising - not be picturing what could be done in it on a trampoline). "I do? I do what? Oh, oh yeah, I do."


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