Choosing the Perfect Gown for the Tall, Elegant Bride

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a wedding gown that will compliment you figure. The main thing is finding a dress that emphasizes your good points and hides any flaws, and of course makes you feel beautiful.  That said, there are certain styles of dress that will probably compliment your body type more than others. This consideration can play a part in deciding which wedding gown is the right one for you.

After you have narrowed your preferences by browsing online or looking in bridal magazines, you can start trying on gowns in a store.  Some wedding dress stores, such as David’s Bridal, can customize dresses in extra-long lengths.

A tall, slender bride can really show off her figure in a sheath gown, which is fitted from top to bottom. Tall, thin brides are usually the ones who can pull off this glamerous look best, in dresses such as these from David’s Bridal (left) and Pascua by La Sposa (right):

If you are a tall woman with an hourglass figure, an A-line gown with a dropped waist works will with your curves. It shows off the figure while accenting the your trim waist. Also, a sweetheart neckline will adds a touch of romance, if it covers enough of the full bustline. A-line dresses also look beautiful on the full figured bride.  Badgley Mischk gown on left, Jessica McClintock on right:

If you are statuesque with a pear shaped figure (smaller at the top and fuller at the bottom), a full ball gown is always a great choice. It draws attention to your bodice and waistline while minimizing the hips and rear. The gorgeous dress on the left is Sandie by Jane Wang and the beaded dress on the right is perfect for the Cinderella bride.

If you have broad shoulders, you may want to consider a gown that has straps or a scoop neckline which shortens the width of your shoulders. A dropped waist also elongates the bodice and narrows the shoulders. Less is more when it comes to accents such as off the shoulder sleeves, poofs or ruffles. Mona Lisa by Monique Lhuillier (right) and Raylia lace gown with deep v-neck and thick straps (left).