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Flattering Wedding Dresses for Skinny Brides

Updated on December 13, 2014

A Note from the Author

Hi Ladies!

I am going out of a limb here and guessing that if you are reading this article, you are either:

  1. In the market for a wedding dress.
  2. A women's size 8 or smaller.
  3. Just curious about bridal gowns.

Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your engagement. This article is written with the primary idea that not all styles of bridal gowns, look fabulous on skinny women, for a wide variety of reasons. What might look great on larger brides, may look horrible on thinner brides and vice versa.

The fact is that women's bodies are completely different regardless of size, with a few anatomically correct exceptions. Despite the exceptions, women reading this article should be privy to that way of thinking, and are ultimately wanting to look their absolute best, on their wedding day. Regardless if that means, their ideal dream dress may not be the best dress for their smaller body shape.

If you are a bride who does not care what she looks like in your wedding dress, and want only what you want, then might I suggest that this article, may not be the best article for you draw advice from. However, there are many great hubs on different bridal wear by some amazing authors worth investing sometime in reading and resourcing. I wish you and your's all the best, and the happiest of bridal wear shopping experiences.

Sincerely yours,

Julie Grimes

(Bridal Gown A) Legends by Wedding Guru Romona Keveza

Dress and Look #A:  This nice looking model is wearing Romona Keveza, style
Dress and Look #A: This nice looking model is wearing Romona Keveza, style
Style #L186, of the dress from her Legends website.
Style #L186, of the dress from her Legends website.

A Beautiful Knee Length Short Wedding Gown

Th short adventuresome, yet very sophisticated wedding dress is a sweeping look for super thin brides, who are worried about looking a little too skinny. Anybody can see how this dress is tucked and nipped in all the right places, which creates a great fullness around the waistline, buttocks, and hips. Not only does this dress help to accent all the refined features that make skinny girls beautiful, it is effective in concealing any body parts, which a thin woman may not want to be showcased on her big day. If you are by chance worried about something not looking right in a particular dress or fabric, choosing a dress like this, would be the dress for you. This really is a fantastic choice. Just look at how the neckline on this dress, helps to showcase this models amazing neck, and beautiful facial features.

As many thin beauties already know, sometimes people can be harsh on skinning girls for not having enough meat on their bones. Big girls have their worries too, and sometimes, there are certain body parts that should not be showcased on any lady's wedding day.

Romona Keveza uses silk taffeta here to make this dress, seductive and very stylish. Silk taffeta is a really smart decision for any bride, who wants a fabric that will last throughout the wedding event without getting overly wrinkled or stressed. It is not only the choice of Ramona's fabric here, which makes it so perfect for a thin bride, it is also her exact placements of the delicate, re-embroidered, Alencon-lace appliqu├ęs. They assist 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, crisp, and airy. Silk taffeta accentuated with re-embroidered Alencon lace, is much more forgiving than say a wedding dress made of crepe, and accented with Chantilly lace appliques.

Crepe has a tendency to cling to the body. If this was a plus size bride, this dress would not help conceal the bride's flesh rolls, anymore than it would conceal ribs or hip bones. Materials that do not have any body to them, like Crepe fabrics, are not very forgiving. It is why we rarely see pageant gowns made of crepe. It also tends to want to cupp in, and it becomes stressed when worn, causing the fabric to dip and fold. Crepe or Jersey knit fabrics do not fare well when altered. Crepe fabric likes to snag or pucker when taken in or hemmed.

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

Dress A

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(Look B) Elegance- Valentino Sposa

Designer Valentino Sposa, 2010 collection, #Euridice
Designer Valentino Sposa, 2010 collection, #Euridice

Straight Sheath Style Wedding Dress

This straight, princess cut, waistline is another perfect match for a thinner beauty. Lace has a way of creating an illusion of fullness, without look overbearing or heavy. The one thing that all skinny brides need to keep in mind is the fabrics 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 petite bride. If a petite 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 skinny 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 skinny 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.

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

Dress B

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(Look C) Stunning- Rosa Clara

Designer Rosa Clara,  Inicio/lacroix 2011/TANGO
Designer Rosa Clara, Inicio/lacroix 2011/TANGO

Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress

This amazing Rosa Clara bridal gown, is my favorite for skinny brides. The off the shoulder neckline makes for a nice distraction from collar bones or flat chested brides. The beautifully tucked darts at the waistline also helps to silhouette the appearance of curves. Especially needed for woman who happen 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 this dress' unique waistline. Notice how the striking princess darts suck in at the waist. A skinny 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 brides, refined feminine figure. A dress like this one, also would help to lengthen a petite-size women's (who are 5'5 or under) 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 do that for her on her wedding day.

Dress C

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Flattering Neckline Styles for a Skinny Bride


4.7 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of these neckline styles for skinny brides.

Bad Bridal Gown Choices for a Skinny Woman


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    samantha sumter 4 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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    daz 5 years ago

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

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    Julie Grimes 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

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

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    Kaye 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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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    nora.elizabeth 6 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 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

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

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    TheWeddingSecret 6 years ago from Bath, UK

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

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    Sarah Carlsley 6 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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    Udreamybridal 6 years ago

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

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    Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    And, I bet you looked beautiful.

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    Susannah Birch 6 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 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

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

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    IdeaMorphist 6 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 6 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 6 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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