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From Short Wedding Dresses to High Waistlines, Here are Flattering Wedding Dress Styles for Petite Brides

For petite women, shopping for clothes isn’t always easy. If you can’t find your size or if the brand simply doesn’t do anything for your smaller frame, the only options are to shop at a specialty petite store where your styles are limited, purchase close that don’t fit and modify them, shop in the young adult section, or make them yourself.

It’s no wonder that shopping for wedding dresses is especially challenging for petite brides. Fortunately, with the right style tips and guidelines, you’ll be able to find the perfect dress for your body and stun on your wedding day. There are many wedding dress styles that will flatter your figure and frame. And with the help of a seamstress, your perfect dress will fit you just right on your big day.

There are various dress styles that elongate the silhouette and accentuate your best features. So, while shopping for your wedding dress, keep these tips and styles in mind to help you find the perfect dress.

Keep It Simple

Less is more for petite dresses. Avoid oversized chunky details, such as big bows. Also stay away from puffy princess gowns and long over-embellished trains and veils.

These will draw attention away from the rest of you and make you appear smaller—as if the dress is wearing you! Instead of long veils, opt for a blusher or a flyaway veil.

Along with short wedding dresses, here are the most flattering wedding dress styles for petite brides.

Flattering Styles for Petite Brides

Sleeveless Wedding Dresses

Tastefully show off your neck and shoulders with a sleeveless wedding dress. There are many sleeveless styles to choose from including strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, illusion necklines, and off-the-shoulder sleeves. If you want sleeves, opt for a shorter hemline that will accentuate your legs to elongate your figure.

Petite bride wears a floor-length mermaid gown that tapers at the knees.

Mermaid/Trumpet Wedding Dresses

For an extra feminine look on your special day, opt for the mermaid wedding dress. Not only does it flatter many body types, but it elongates the silhouette. This style hugs the midsection, emphasizing the hips and bust and showing off those attractive curves. If you want to make your legs appear longer, opt for an elevated waistline.

Like a mermaid or fishtail, the skirt flares out at or above the knees. This style will make you feel feminine, sexy, and glamourous as you walk down the aisle.

Sheath Wedding Dresses

These dresses are typically fitted to the body. They have a vertical seam from the shoulders to the hips, creating a long and lean silhouette, perfect for shorter brides.

This simple, minimalist design flatters petite figures. Chiffon is a popular material for sheath dresses since it drapes over and hugs the body, accentuating your natural curves. These lightweight dresses are also perfect for outdoor summer and beach weddings.

Simple A-Line Wedding Dresses

This is a classic wedding dress that suits a variety of wedding styles—from traditional church ceremonies to outdoor casual. A-line dresses hug the waist and have a skirt that gradually flares out from the hips. This emphasizes the curve of the waistline and creates a flattering, lengthened silhouette ideal for petite plus-size brides. But remember, stick with simple A-line styles. The exaggerated ball gowns (which are also A-line) will overwhelm petite frames.

Also consider modified simple A-lines which have a waistline just above your natural waistline. This makes the lower part of your dress appear longer, elongating your frame, and making you appear taller.

Short Wedding Dresses

For a petite bride to elongate her legs, short wedding dresses are the perfect style!

Short wedding dresses are ideal for petite women since they show off the legs, making brides appear taller. Short wedding gowns tend to be simple, clean, and more modern than the traditional wedding gown. Long wedding dresses or wedding gowns with a long train will be too overwhelming on a petite frame. Pencil skirts that are above the knee offer a simple yet flattering figure for petite women.

Since short dresses are a lot less dress and a lot more leg, you can choose one with details, lace, and other embellishments without worrying about the dress being too busy for your body.

When going for a short wedding dress, choose a hemline to suit your legs—going from above the knee to calf length. These dresses are also much easier to walk and dance in and are ideal for outdoor and beach weddings.

Empire Waistlines

When shopping for wedding dresses, try ones with an empire waistline. This elevated waistline starts right underneath the bust, elongating the frame, and making you appear taller and more proportional in your dress.

Bride wears wedding gown with lace detail around the neckline.

If you’re looking to appear taller, try to avoid low waistlines. Dresses with waistlines that are dropped far below the bust will shorten your torso.

Flattering Necklines

Necklines with elegant details such as scalloped lace, beads, or other feminine sequins will catch the eye and will lengthen your silhouette. Try to opt for accessories that will bring your outfit together, provide a proportional look, and attract attention towards your face.

Although shopping for petite wedding dresses can be frustrating, you have plenty of style choices for the perfect wedding dress. With these style tips, you will find the dress that flatters your figure, elongates your silhouette, and make you look and feel radiant.