Petite brides to be should be looking for styles to show off their waists. You want a good tight-fitting gown so you don't drown your small frame. We would recommend you steer clear of ball gowns, layers, ruffles or fluffy fabrics and 3D appliques, especially around the waist area.
Fit and flare gowns would be the perfect choice to elongate the waist. We love this season’s hottest satin gown Faith, style 69601, available from a UK size 6, which dazzles with beautiful beading on a sheer bodice.
Second on your list to try on should be an A-line gown, flattering across all sizes, this style hugs in all the right places. This season we love Felicity, style 69606, a fun and flirty boho gown made of lace with a halter neckline and high back.
As for fabrics we recommend petite girls look for crepe gowns. They are plain and non-fussy and give structure to your bridal look. Violet, style 18501, is a perfect example for petite brides. A plain crepe gown with a fit and flare silhouette to elongate the waist. A belt worn high up on the waist will also add length to your body.
Another great fabric for petite brides in soft and plain chiffon. From our Victoria Jane collection we love Viviana, 18506 a jersey gown with sheer chiffon sleeves. We love how this dress has an open back – great for that walk down the aisle with all eyes on your back!
Plunging necklines can also help to give the illusion of a longer frame. We love Valetina, style 18503, also from our Victoria Jane collection. A fit and flare chiffon and lace gown with plunging neckline (which has a net inset), and low open back.
Don’t forget that whatever gown you choose it will need to fit you really well. Ensure your seamstress takes up the gown to avoid your gown looking to long for you, and synch it in at the waist too. If you opt for sleeves ensure these are not too long, and you can also cut them to ¾ length if you are worried about this look.
As for accessories, the simpler the better. Heavy, long veils and capes can look too much. That goes for jewellery too – keep it light and delicate on the neckline and instead invest in some showstopping earrings to complete your wedding day look!