As a petite girl, you may have been struggling to find clothing that fits you your entire life. You have the choices of a few (not enough) petite designers, and you could get by with certain styles of regular sizes (although you may have to take a lot of them to the tailors). Of course you may even have picked out a few things here and there in the junior department. You have made it through the dating scene and found the right guy, and finally, he popped the question. Now, here comes your big day, the day you may have been dreaming about since a little girl. And, here is the big question, what is the best wedding dresses for petite brides? Given how difficult it has been for petite women to find anything that fits them, not surprisingly, it is not any easier to find the wedding dresses for petite brides. There are not that many designers who make wedding dresses with the need of petite brides in mind, and it seems inevitable you always have to take them to the tailors. Still, it is useful to understand what to look for when you are searching for that one dress for your special day and know what works and what doesn’t, before you say yes to the dress.
Okay, here is the thing- ever since you were a little girl, you may have decided you want to look like a princess on this special day of yours and pictured yourself in those princess looking puffy gowns. Unfortunately, the reality is they are not very flattering for petite brides. The best wedding dresses for petite brides should meet one most important criteria: they should create a long and lean silhouette and flatter your petite figure. Those puffy ball gowns are bulky and they look like they are wearing you! (Read What is Petite to understand basics of petite body features and The 9 Best Petite Fashion Tricks of All Time on how to dress to flatter petite body in general).
As a petite bride, look for the following bridal style instead.
#1 Mermaid/Trumpet style
This is the most feminine style that flatters many different body shapes, and works perfectly for petite brides. It hugs at the midsection and flares at the skirt like a fish tail. For petite brides who want to ditch the ball gown wedding dresses but still are interested in a little bit of drama, the mermaid style will make you feel glamourous walking down the isle and give you the moment of “red carpet” feel. Mermaid/Trumpet style emphasizes bust and hip, so they are the best wedding dresses for petite brides who want to show off their feminine curves. The flare skirt has moderate volume and will not overwhelm the petite frame of short brides. Look for elevated waistline (i.e. above your natural waistline) so that your legs will look longer.
#2 Sheath style
This style is designed in such a way that the seam runs vertically from the shoulders down to the hips. They are meant to be one of the best wedding dresses for petite brides who love simple and minimalist design. Many brides love sheath dresses made from chiffon material because the drape of the fabrics really accentuate your figure and appear remarkable as you walk down the isle. Because most sheath wedding dresses are light weighted, they are perfect for outdoor weddings and especially destination weddings in a resort setting on the beach (they are so easy to pack and go and you will be ready for your big day!). If you are a petite bride with a nice figure, let the sheath dress hug your body instantly and show off your natural curve. Sheath wedding dresses also help butter up your figure and give you that long and lean silhouette needed by short brides.
#3 Simple A line
A line dresses are ideal for petite brides because they hug at your hips to accentuate your waist line of your body. Like the letter A, this style has the look of a tightened hip line that gradually broadens all through the ankle. This style a classic wedding dress suitable for a traditional ceremony at the church or a casual ceremony, and really, it works for any other types of wedding settings too. If you are a petite plus sized bride, A line dress will work especially well for you because it instantly crates a figured silhouette and emphasize your charming assets of the body. Now, if you are a short bride, keep in mind you want a simple A line, nothing that overwhelms your petite body frame like the exaggerated ball gown style (which also creates an A shape). The right A line dress will make you feel the most beautiful bride of the world without too many details or accessories.
#4 Short style
If you want to opt for something different than the traditional wedding gown, go for a short wedding dress. There are many wedding designers who now offer short style for your special day. Short wedding dresses never disappoint petite girls- they are one of the most obvious choices on our list for best wedding dresses for petite brides. The reason is quite simple- they show off your bare legs and make you look taller. They are also simpler than other wedding dresses and will not look you are being worn by the dress. Look for empire waistline, which starts right after your bra cups thus elevate your natural waistline and make your proportion look better. With a short wedding dress, you can feel free to get the embellishments and laces you desire without having to worry you are over accessorizing. Short wedding dresses are suitable for petite brides who want to try something different. They are perfect for outdoor ceremony, as it is so much easier to walk down the isle without a train dragging on the grass! And of course, they are your best bet for destination wedding as well, given how much smaller they are than full length wedding gowns which make it super easy to pack and care for during your trip.