By Rashim Nabanja
Every bride wants to look like a princess on her big day. This is why immediately after wedding dates are set, the bride starts picturing how she will look on the D-day and what her perfect gown should look like. However, sometimes what looks like the perfect gown may not be perfect for you, as you may be basing on how it on a dummy, model or any other person that could have been wearing it.
My Wedding had a chat with a bridal designer that has been in the game for a while and she got to enlighten us more about how a bride can get a gown that is perfect for her body.
According to Veronica Wabukawo Keigwin, Ph.D., an economist and CEO of Sisters Bridal Shop, immediately a bride walks into a bridal store, the first thing they need to do is keep an open mind, “A bride needs to try and explore other options in case the exact gown she wants ends up not being suitable for her.”
Wabukawo adds that the gown a bride chooses has to have the right attributes that suit her body type. She, therefore, helped us break down the different four major body types.
The hourglass figure
This is what is considered the perfect body shape, “The hourglass is that type where the body is entirely balanced. The shoulders and hips are equally sized and then when it comes to the waist, it is curved and well defined,” she says.
This kind of body shape that will look good in basically everything one wears.
The pear-shaped figure
The pear shape is one where the upper part is smaller compared to the lower part.
“One will have smaller shoulders, a defined waist, and when it comes to the lowers part, they appear curvier,” Wabukawo shares.
The inverted triangular figure
This is the kind of body shape that is common among models. Wabukawo says with this kind of body shape, a person will have wide shoulders, a defined waist, but smaller hips. In other words, the shoulders are wider compared to the lower part.
The square-shaped figure
The square-shaped figure is one that can be defined as equal.
“This sometimes can also be called the banana shape, the shoulders, the hips and the waist are equally shaped,” says veronica.
This means that a person with this kind of body shape doesn’t have a defined waist.
Every one of these body shapes has different types of gowns that suit them and those that are a no go zone.
Just like the types of body shapes, Wabukawo helped us break down the different types of gowns and what body types they suit.
However, she also shared that whatever gown you choose, the goal is to create an illusion of the hourglass shape which is considered by many as the perfect body shape.
The types of gowns are however way too many to exhaust but the major ones include;
This kind of gown tight on the upper body but when it makes its way to the waist, it spreads out.
Veronica says these kinds of gowns are perfect for all the four body shapes.
For a person with an inverted triangular figure, since they have broad shoulders and a defined waist, the ball grown will help hide the absence of hips hence creating the perfect shape.
For one with a square-shaped figure, it helps hide the less defined waist.
When it comes to someone with a pear-shaped figure, the ball gown helps to keep the focus away from the large-sized hips.
And for the hourglass, they already have the perfect body shape so they can basically wear anything they want.
The A-line gown
The A-Line is the kind that also flows from the waist however, its way of flowing is in form of letter A.
According to Wabukawo, such gowns can be suitable for the inverted triangular figure and the pear-shaped figure, because it still draws attention away from the hips and like the ball gown, the A-line too hides the less defined waist for those with square-shaped figures.
According to Brenda Maraka, a fashion designer in Uganda, the A-line gown is also perfect for pregnant women since its flowing nature can accommodate a growing belly.
The other advantage the A-line gown has is the fact that it makes one appear taller than they actually are.
The fit and flare gown
Wabukawo says this type of gown holds uptight and slowly spreads from the hip area. The fit and flare is more suitable for the hourglass-shaped figure, however, one with a square-shaped figure can wear it as long as they can accessorize it with a belt or something that will create a defined waist for them.
Maraka also says there are gowns that come with a built-in corset that helps to shape one’s body and create an appearance of a smaller waist and a bigger bust. These can be used to create an hourglass shape for someone with a square-shaped figure.
The trumpet gown
According to Wabukawo, this one is quite similar to the Fit and Flare however, it may spread from right above the knees, in the knee area itself or right below. And when it comes to the body types, it also applies for the hourglass and also the square-shaped figure if paired with a waist accessory.
The sheath gown
The sheath is what most people refer to as the pencil or body-hugging. Since this kind of gown brings out the entire outlook of your body, Wabukawo says it is suitable for the hourglass-shaped figure and also the square-shaped figure.
When it comes to brides with fleshy/flabby arms, Maraka advises them to opt for long-sleeved wedding dresses.
“Wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress does not necessarily mean that you’re covering up the problem but it is also a trendy vintage style,” Maraka explains.
However, Wabukawo says that there are those types of body shapes that are a no go zone for some wedding gowns.
She, therefore, advises brides with pear-shaped figures to stay away from extremely tight body-hugging gowns. This is because the focus will be on how big the size of your hips compared to how beautiful you look as a bride.
For those with an inverted triangular shape, Wabukawo recommends them to stay away from off-shoulder gowns because they will bring out the real outlook of them having broader shoulders and smaller hips.
In case one decides to go for a tight hugging gown, Wabukawo says they shouldn’t go to the extreme for example opting for light fabric gowns. They need to at least go for a gown with thick fabric to balance the attention from people, “You need people to see your face too, rather than focusing on your body shape.”
Wabukawo, therefore, advises brides to always listen to how they feel in their gowns and always listen to a designer’s advice because they want what is best for you.