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The petite bride's guide to shopping for the dress

So you’ve found the perfect dress, you can’t wait to try it on, and then you discover that it’s miles too big in all the wrong places. No, you’re not cursed, you’re just petite!

Women who are petite are usually smaller than 5 ft 3 inches and commonly have a narrow waistline and a small chest. When you’re a petite bride, it can be difficult trying to find a dress that compliments your petite frame without making you look tiny.

If you’re petite, stay away from ball gown style wedding dresses as the wide skirt can often overwhelm a smaller frame and make you look frumpy. But if you really want a ball gown dress, look for a modified A-Line gown instead. A-Line gowns are similar to ball gowns but with a more modest skirt that will suit you better.

When shopping for your wedding dress, try and choose a style of dress with a waistline that is above your natural waistline as this will help to lengthen the dress, making you appear taller.

Sheath style wedding dresses with a straight cut look great on petite brides as the slim fit helps to flatter your petite frame while also creating the illusion of curves. Vertical detailing such as a pleated bodice or cascading ruffle are also good for making your legs look longer. Mermaid or trumpet wedding gowns, that flair below the knee are ideal for petite brides as they help to elongate your torso by drawing the eyes downward. Knee length little white dresses are also perfect wedding gowns for petite women. 

Another useful tip for petite brides is to keep the dress simple. Beading and embellishments should be kept to a minimum, while frills and bows should also be avoided as too much detailing on the dress can overpower your small frame.

Take a look at these gowns that are perfect for a petite bride.


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