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Choose a Dress Shape to Flatter your Figure

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A successful wedding dress will be fitted specifically to your exact measurements and designed to complement your natural body shape. The first step is to identify your body shape, then choose a silhouette that balances your strengths and embraces your best features.

Our Haarlem in Bloom Collection was designed to offer flattering options to women of all silhouettes. Don’t feel limited by the ideas below – they are just a starting point. If there is a style you absolutely love but are unsure if it will suit you, or would like some advice, please skype or visit me, I am happy to help.  



You will have a well-defined waist; your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width. Just about any dress shape will suit your figure. If you wish to show off your curves try a mermaid, sheath or ball gown style.

Grace has an off the shoulder trumpeted silhouette that accentuates the décolletage. The off the shoulder lace detail is great for posture if you have sloped or small shoulders, and this also balances a figure with larger hips.

Florence features a subtly alluring low V neckline and sheer floaty kimono sleeves. The princess line silhouette is best suited to a figure with a trim tummy.

Chloe has a fitted, slightly trumpet style silhouette that accentuates the waist, bust and hips. 
It is perfect for a balanced or hourglass figure. The high neckline can also be flattering to a smaller bust.



Also known as the pear, your hips will be wider than your shoulders and you may have a fuller rear and thighs. To create flattering curves, try an A-line, short gown or ball gown style.

Eva has an A-line silhouette. The low V ruched boned bodice and built in cups help to cinch in the waist, while the floral shoulder detail enhances smaller shoulders.

Lucia accentuates the waist and has a sweetheart neckline and a long detachable box pleated satin cathedral train.

Lottie has an elongated semi A-line silhouette and features low V back and front neckline over a sweetheart base, this gives great balance for larger hips.

Danneke has a relaxed modified A-line silhouette, softly falling from just above the hip.

Ellie has a modified A-line silhouette and creates an elongated torso. It has a round illusion neckline over a sweetheart-scalloped bust, which is also available in a curved V, or scooped option.


Inverted Triangle           

Your shoulders will be wider than your hips, to balance a broad-shouldered frame try a mermaid, short gown or ball gown style.

Juliette has a fitted trumpet style silhouette and accentuates the waist, bust and hips; it is a great shape for most figures. Choose a strapless, lace strap or bolero style shoulder. The fully boned bodice and built in cups help flatten the tummy.

Lilly has a relaxed semi-trumpet fitted silhouette, which becomes an A-line if you wear the optional tulle over skirt. If you wish for your arms to be covered, the gown can be chosen in full length three quarter length or cap sleeves.

Isabella has a semi-trumpet silhouette, and will accentuate the bust waist and hips. The bolero will help to flatter the upper arm.



Your shoulders, waist and hips will all be roughly the same width. To add curves to a straight up and down figure, try a bias-cut, A-Line or short gown style.

Mia has a beautifully elongating low V in the front and back over a sweetheart neckline. It is flattering to most body shapes and optional beading adds an exquisite detail.

Mila is a relaxed style dress that creates an elongated semi A-line silhouette that accentuates the waist with a removable beaded floral detailed waist tie.

Sophia is a relaxed slender fit and is best suited to a slim or well-proportioned figure. It features a lace boat neck over a sweetheart bust, and an open keyhole back.

1 comment

  • Monique Satherley: November 12, 2015

    This blog is super useful! What a novel idea to incorporate possible dress options with differing body shapes – it gives readers a great idea of shillouettes and styles to suit each individual bride!

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