Fashion: Dress Right for Your Height

Searching for the perfect dress is by no means an easy task but knowing what works for your body type (and what does not) will make the process a whole lot simpler. Today, Wedding & Travel rounds up some tips on which dress types work best for ladies of different heights to get you started on your dress hunting!

For petite ladies

Short skirts are your best friend! Showing some leg helps to visually elongate your body and give the illusion of more height. Stay away from midi skirts as they tend to “cut” your legs up and make them look stumpier than they are. If you’re fuller in the waist, be careful not to go too short, but choose skirts that end just above your knee for the best visual effect. Accessorise with a stunning pair of heels and you are good to go!

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(From top: Opt for a dress with a simple tailored top if you’re going for a fanciful hem (Dress from Reem Acra); For something more interesting, consider a long tulle dress with a short skirt within. The play of materials and asymmetrical length will definitely wow your guests (Dress from Alyne by Rivini); To strike some balance in the outfit, keep your top covered if you’re baring skin on the bottom (Dress from Marchesa)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: Short dresses crafted in light materials such as tulle are perfect for a whimsical and casual wedding affair (Dress from Jenny Yoo); For pear shapes, circle skirts are great for balancing out your full hips (Dress from Love by Enzoani); For hourglass figures, keep it nice and sleek with structured and tailored dresses (Dress from Love by Enzoani)) (Pictures from here)

For ladies of regular height

Ladies of regular height have more variety to choose from and can rock dresses from knee length to midi length. The trick is to remember to choose dresses that fit well, especially around the hips, to avoid looking boxy. If you’re going for the midi skirt, do throw on a pair of heels just for good measure!

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(From top: Accentuate your curves with a well structured bodice and flare skirt (Dress from Jovani Bridal); It’s a great time to go for midi skirts as the runways are flooded with designs recalling the 1920s and 1930s for these few seasons (Dress from Justin Alexander); For more conservative brides, play it sweet and safe with a simple lace creation (Dress from Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: A dress with peek-a-boo cut outs adds just a little bit of sexiness to an otherwise sweet get up (Dress from Ivy & Aster Bridesmaids); Asymmetrical hemlines are flattering silhouettes that help balance out your figure (Dress from Jasmine); For ladies who are fuller around the waist and hips, a flowing halter dress that bares the shoulders can draw the attention away from your problem areas (Dress from Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids)) (Pictures from here)

For tall ladies

Tall ladies can pull off the bohemian chic look and go all out with long skirts — just remember as always, to maintain a good fit around the waist or hips so that you will not look swallowed up by the skirt. If you’re going for something shorter than a floor length skirt, another tip is to make sure that the length just touches your ankle bone, which will make sure the thinnest part of your ankles are showing and give the illusion of slim legs. Also, if you’re all covered up below, we suggest baring some skin on top to balance the overall look.

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(From top: The simplest way to define your waist is to add a beautiful belt to your dress. An off-shoulder dress with lace sleeves is also a clever way to conceal your arms without looking too covered up (Dress from Tara Keely); If you’re uncomfortable with a low neckline, you can look equally beautiful with a low back (Dress from Eden Bridals); Tall ladies can pull off challenging silhouettes such as the trumpet and mermaid, so go ahead and rock it! (Dress from Oscar de la Renta)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: The best way to maximise your height is to keep silhouettes as clean and minimal as possible (Dresses from Allure Bridesmaids and Amsale Bridesmaids respectively)) (Pictures from here)