The Tall Bride's Guide to Shopping for THE Dress
Being tall has its advantages, especially for brides as designers embrace women of all shapes and sizes.
Women are taller than ever, and some of the most famous women in the world are close to 6’ tall, including Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler who all measure 5'10". Models who are wearing wedding gowns on the catwalk tend to be taller than the average woman, so tall brides have the benefit of being able to look to them for inspiration.
Two things the tall bride needs to consider are hair and shoes. You don’t want to add too much height with your hair, so sleek styles and pinned back hair are a perfect look. You can also let your hair hang naturally with some curls, just avoid bouffant styles and hair pinned to the top of your hair because this will just make you look taller! You can wear a heel, it just depends how tall you want to be. If your dress is long, you can hide a pair of flats that will also keep you comfortable all day long.
Jewelry can be bold and make a statement. Avoid small items because they will be so subtle that people can miss them! The same can be said of the dress – embellishments work well on tall brides.
If you’re lean and don’t want to look any thinner then avoid gowns with vertical lines, while curvier brides should embrace them. High necklines and long sleeves are best avoided, as are stiff fabric bodices.
While there are lots of options available for tall brides, styles to look for are the sheath dress, a style that will accentuate height and give a tall bride an elegant and classic look. Mermaid gowns are another great option, especially with strapless or scooped necklines, because these will narrow broad shoulders and elongate the bodice and show off slim arms.
If you’re a tall bride with curves, then a ball gown will draw attention to the bodice and waistline, but will also minimize hips for a beautiful feminine figure. If your aim is to create curves, then tulle fabric flowers or ruffles are perfect for adding curves where there are none.
If you’re having trouble finding a dress that’s as long as you would like then you can consider getting a made-to-measure dress. In some cases this can work out the same as getting a shorter dress lengthened, but do your research.
When shopping you should bring some shoes similar to those you want to wear when you walk down the aisle. Many bridal boutiques have shoes in dainty sizes, so you might not be able to borrow a pair to see how they work with your dress. The dress might be the perfect length in flats, but if you’re determined to wear a heel then you might need to get the store to add more fabric to the bottom of the dress.
Take a look at these wedding gowns that are perfect for a tall bride…