How to match a wedding dress to your figure?
When choosing a perfect wedding dress we are usually guided by photos of models in dresses, or our ideas how we want to look like at our wedding. Meanwhile, the most important thing is to choose the right dress cut for your figure and lace pattern for beauty type.
Here are a few rules that you should follow when choosing a wedding dress to delight your loved one, your guests and most of all yourself:
- Don’t look at how the dress looks on a hanger or a model, just how you look in it.
- Don’t listen to the advice of people who have different tastes than you – we often follow the suggestions of non-objective advisors, not always in our favor.
Look at your figure!
- If your hips are much wider than your shoulders, adipose tissue is deposited on your thighs and buttocks, and the rest of your body is slight build, i.e. you have the silhouette of a pear.
- To balance the proportions it is best to choose models of dresses with a bottom without folds, gently surrounding the hips. The top of dress should widen the shoulders slightly.
- Sleeves (long, short, 3/4, butterflies) and flounces, wristbands and shoulder straps will definitely fit you.
- If your nightmare is too wide shoulders, but hips are straight and the whole body looks boyish, it is best to choose cuts that optically widen the bottom of your body and at the same time distract attention from the shoulders. Folded skirts or A-shaped bottoms and sleeveless tops with rather wide shoulder straps and V-cut neckline will be great.
- Large breasts, adipose tissue deposited in the waist, narrow hips and small legs are the special features of apple silhouettes.
- Most women with this type of body figure want to cover their massive hands with sleeves or breasts with neckline, thinking that they will look finer then – nothing more wrong! We want to divert attention from the hands and focus it on the central part of neckline, and to widen the hips. It is also advisable to expose the legs, because it will give the whole silhouette of lightness. We recommend sleeveless cuts, with V-cut neckline or if deep scoop neck is a lace pattern arranged in a herringbone or clear vertical lines running through the middle of the neckline. The bottom is best in A-letter, without folding at the waist, not to widen the waist!
- If you don’t like to show off your hands, and I suggest – sleeves aren’t the best solution for you, you can choose a shoulder fringe or translucent butterflies – this way the whole look will look very subtle and your hands will be covered to the minimum, but not widened.
- If you have the silhouette of hourglass, we have good news for you – no matter what your size, you can do it all! Alternatively, when you are small, avoid dresses that seem to be heavy, so as not to overwhelm your figure.
- When your biggest complex is small breasts, do not avoid at all costs necklines, saying that you have nothing to show! On the contrary! You can afford larger cuts, less built-up or no bra and thus more open back. Moreover, a well-chosen shape of your neckline will optically enlarge your breasts and make them look attractive.
- Patterns on laces is a very important issue! If you are a tiny person of delicate, girly beauty, too big patterns can dominate you, leave them for the ladies who have a distinctive beauty and fuller shapes, and you should choose delicate floral patterns, dots, stripes – something that will not draw attention from your face.
- It’s not true that large patterns or white color thicken – a properly selected cut and arrangement of patterns on the lace can even significantly slimmer the figure!
- Slim-fit sleeves are best suited for women with too narrow arms and slim hands, but sometimes it is enough to choose a sleeve that extends to the bottom, and suddenly, as with a wand, your hand in the bicep area will seem slimmer.
If you dream of a long, fitted sleeve, but it turns out that you look too heavy, try to shorten it slightly over your elbow and you will see how much lighter the whole body will look. Remember that sometimes body parts “covered” by lace are even more eye-catching, so when you leave your hands naked, everyone’s eyes will focus on your dress and not on your shoulders.
We are aware that choosing the right cut is difficult, that’s why our stylist is at your disposal. We will help you choose the right model to suit you best. We will help you expose the features of your figure that are worth showing and hide those that you do not want or should not expose.
If you are still not sure what kind of dress to choose from our collections, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you choose your wedding dress!
What sizes of dresses are available?
Wedding dresses are sewn in standard sizes, thus you can choose from the size chart below. Basic dimensions (such as waist or bust width, neckline depth, etc.) are unchanged within a given size. Based on your measurements in your wedding dress we will verify whether the model will fit you well and adjust it so that it fits best. We will always match the length of your skirt, sleeves, etc.
How to measure yourself?
In order to determine the size of your dress and changes in fit, you must send us the dimensions:
BREAST HEIGHT (arm to nipple)
FRONT HEIGHT (arm through nipple to waist)
TORSO LENGTH (arm through nipple and waist to hips)
NECKLINE DEPTH (front)
STRAPS WIDTH (Points where arm adjacents to the torso – FRONT)
CIRCUMFERENCE ON THE BREASTS
CIRCUMFERENCE UNDER THE BREASTS
BACK WIDTH (Points where arm clings to the back)
BACK HEIGHT (arm to waist – BACK)
BACK NECKLINE DEPTH (arm to fastening of the target bra)
SKIRT LENGTH (waist to floor – in target shoes)
HAND – BICEPS circumference
HAND – 3/4 LENGTH circumference
HAND – WRIST circumference
SEE THE MEASUREMENT GUIDE
Circumference on the breasts
Put on the target bra and measure your breast circumference at the height of most protruding point, making sure that the measure (centimeter) is horizontal and passes through the shoulder-blades.
Circumference under the breasts
Measure the circumference under your breasts as the bottom of bra runs. Breathe freely, do not force the measuring tape!
Measure your waist at the narrowest point of body. The measure should easily “wrap up” in this place. Consider leaving room for your stomach😊
Measure your hips at the widest point. Sometimes it is at the height of the most protruding point of buttocks and sometimes lower at the bend of thighs under the buttocks – depending on your body shape.
Do not tighten the measuring tape, let this circumference pass freely through your hips. You can leave some room for more freedom! If your skirt is too tight, it will pull up when you walk!
Measure the length of sleeve (if the dress has a long sleeve) starting at about the bra strap up to your wrist (the place that bends when you put your hand up).
Measure the width of your back. When standing straight with your hands down, ask someone to measure from the point where your left hand touches your body to the same point on the right.
Neckline depth on the back
Measure your back neckline depth by asking someone to measure from the shoulder (from the bra strap) to the middle of back, to the depth of target bra – so that it does not protrude from under the dress later on.
Neckline depth at the front
Measure your neckline depth at the front, asking someone to measure from the shoulder (from the bra strap) to the middle of neckline, to the depth of target bra – so that it does not protrude from under the dress later on.
Length from arm to nipple
Measure your breast height by measuring your shoulder to the most protruding point of your breast (usually exactly in the middle of breast).
Length (through the nipple) to the waist
Measure the waist height. For this purpose, it is best to wrap yourself around the waist with a ribbon, elastic band or belt so that you can see the narrowest point of your body. Ask someone to guide the tape from your shoulder to the top of chest to your waist.
If you have large breasts, try to guide the tape measure along the breast line without stretching it too much, or even stick it to your breast from underneath – a little as if you wanted to draw your contour with a profile.
Front width (through the breast)
Measure the width of your front by measuring from the side (usually the side is determined by bra seams or a matching blouse) to the side, leading it through the most protruding part of your breasts.
Measure the height of your hips. For this purpose, it is best to wrap yourself around the waist with a ribbon, elastic band or strap and from this point to measure the widest point of your hips (usually at the height of the most protruding point of buttocks or fold under the buttock).
Length from waist to bottom
NOTE: Wear your target shoes!
Measure the length of your skirt. Wrap yourself around your waist with a ribbon, rubber band or belt and ask someone to measure from waist to ground. Take the measure in the target shoes. If you are planning to change to lower or flat shoes, measure the dress with the lower shoes – otherwise you will trip over your dress.
Hand circumference (in biceps)
Measure your hand circumference (if your dress has a sleeve) at the point where your biceps is the widest.
Hand circumference (end of sleeve 3/4)
Measure your hand circumference (if your dress has a sleeve) at the point where you would like your sleeve ¾ to end, which is slightly below your elbow.
Hand circumference (wrist)
Measure your hand circumference (if your dress has a sleeve) at the point where your wrist is narrowest.
Will I need fitting corrections?
Each of us is different, so despite the perfect measurements of your figure there is a possibility that your wedding dress will not fit perfectly. Our dresses available in our online store are designed to be easily adjusted. The price of dresses purchased online is 15% lower than the price of dresses sewn with a client in TROYKA studio, precisely so that you can afford the possibility of fitting corrections at a local service point.