Tips for Petite Brides
Brides who do not cross the 5’4” mark don’t need to fall short on style during their wedding day. Just look at Reese Witherspoon (5’1”), Kristen Bell (5’1”) and Kristin Chenoweth (4’11”). What they lack in height they totally make up for in style.
For petite brides it can be more challenging to find the perfect wedding dress compared to your more vertically gifted counterparts, but if you know what will look good on your dainty figure then you can prove the world that when it comes to fashionable wedding dresses, size (or height) does not matter.
The fashion faux pas that you really want to avoid when you’re a petite bride is for your wedding dress to wear you instead of the other way around. The general rule of thumb is to keep it really simple and uncluttered. Forget about those 12-foot trains and really dramatic veils. Keep it streamlined and sophisticated. As for embellishments, opt for fabric manipulation that runs through the length of the dress to create sort of a monolithic statuesque look.
Needless to say, what you’re gunning for here is additional height and wearing sky-high heels won’t be enough. An empire wedding drown will flatter your dainty frame nicely. It will accentuate your bust, make it look fuller and the cut will make you appear taller. A column dress will also give you the few additional inches you need.
If you’re going to have an outdoor wedding during chilly months and you’re looking for something with sleeves, avoid long sleeves because they will make your arms look disproportionately lengthier compared to the rest of your body. If you must wear sleeves, the longest you can go is three-quarter length.
An A-line wedding dress is also a great option for you to give you a silhouette with volume without being gabbled up with tons of fabric. Trumpet gowns are also great — just make sure that you dress is made according to your measurement to make sure that it flatters your figure and does not cut you off and make you look shorter.
Check out how Kristen Bell brought big style to the 2010 Met Gala in a Diane Von Furstenberg creation. Clearly, petite brides can definitely walk down the aisle in high fashion.