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How to Choose the Perfect Dress to Fit Your Curves

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As the star of your own wedding, you will want to feel like the most beautiful and glamorous version of yourself. One of the key elements to making that dream come true is to choose a wardrobe that not only fits you perfectly, but also comes in a silhouette and fabric that highlights and flatters your figure. At Galia Lahav, there are stunning dress designs available from the atelier that can work beautifully with every body type.

To guide you on your search to that perfect fit, see advice from Galia Lahav designers Sharon Server and Bella Abramov to learn what styles and options that not only enhances a bride’s figure but also helps them radiate confidence and self-love on their special day. A first tip from the duo? ““Enjoy the process! Finding your dream dress is an exciting experience,” they say. “Trust your instincts and have fun along the way.” 

Silhouettes for Different Bustlines

If you have a larger bust, the designers recommend a few styles to highlight your curves and  Consider Empire Waist dresses that lovingly cinch just below the bust, elongating the torso. “It’s flattering for most body types and offers support without feeling tight,” share the designers. A-Line dresses with structure like built-in bust support or boning allow you to embrace your natural beauty with comfort. “Look for thicker fabrics like Mikado satin or duchess satin for added structure,” note Server and Abramov. For a customizable fit that hugs curves, wrap dresses with adjustable bodices and pleated details around the bust are wonderful choices.

If you find a dress that captures your heart but it is designed for a larger bust, remember that skilled alterations can mold it to flatter a smaller bustline, too. Techniques like adding darts or princess seams celebrate your curves by creating shaping and structure. Also, raising the bodice can enhance the neckline, drawing attention to your beautiful upper body. Another tip is to go custom with the neckline. “Experiment with different necklines, such as sweetheart or V-necks, to draw attention to the bust area and create a more balanced look,” recommend the designers.

Silhouettes for Pear Shapes

For pear-shaped brides, embrace silhouettes that accentuate the upper body while minimizing volume around the hips. Versatile fit-and-flare dresses hug your curves, creating a harmonious look. Ball gowns like the Esmerelda or the Evelyn are perfect options in this silhouette. Another great option are empire waist gowns with high-low skirts that celebrate your upper body while the flowing skirt diverts attention from the hips. The elegance of column gowns with draping, like the Blanche, can offer vertical lines that elongate the figure, with draped overlays gracefully balancing proportions.

Silhouettes for Hourglass Figures

If you have an hourglass figure, use your wedding day as an opportunity to highlight your stunning shape. Mermaid gowns, like the Lafayette and Alejandra, hug the curves from the bust to the knees before dramatically flaring out, creating a stunning hourglass silhouette. “Choose mermaid gowns with built-in support and breathable fabrics for comfort,” advise the designers. The pair also recommend considering a sheath as they “follow the natural curves of the body, creating a sleek and elegant look that highlights an hourglass figure,” they say. “Look for tailored sheaths with fitted bodices and well-constructed fabrics.”

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The Shopping Experience as a Curvy Bride

While Galia Lahav’s in-store size ranges go up to a US 18, plus-size brides can still make their dress dreams into a reality. The designers recommend doing a virtual consultation with a designer to discuss preferences and try dresses on virtually. Exploring plus-size bridal stores can also allow you a greater selection of styles to try in person. If you want to ensure your dress is a perfect fit, you can always work with an atelier to create a bespoke dress that is made to your exact measurements. A final piece of advice from the designers? “Remember, the most important thing is to choose a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day,” they say. “So go forth, embrace your curves, and find the dress that makes you shine!”

By Shelby Wax.

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Grace Yael | February 22, 2024

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