Shopping for the right clothing is never an easy task for petite women. When it comes to finding that ideal wedding dress for the most important day in your life, it is not as easy or glamorous as sipping on a glass of bubbly with your best girlfriends and waiting for the bridal shop assistants to bring that perfect dress in front of you. Well, it could be stressful and even difficult. It’s almost (kind of) like, finding your Mr. Right. When you find it, you know you have found it. The moment you try it on, you will know if it is for you or not. It is that intuitive. But, before that, you have to go through a ton of gowns, or even numerous bridal shops, in order to find the one. Are you a petite girl with inverted triangle body type? If you are not sure, take the quiz to find out what is your petite body type. Learning about what to look for that is specifically flattering for your body type when you are going to the bridal shops will save you a ton of time. Understanding your body shape and know what works and what doesn’t will definitely help you make the right decision for your big day. (Read more about How to Dress Petite Inverted Triangle Shape, Best Wedding Dresses for Petite Brides, Best Petite Jeans for Your Body Type).
If you have petite inverted triangle body type, your body generally have the following characteristics:
- You have prominent and broad straight shoulders, which are wider than your waistline or your hips.
- Like the rectangle shape, you are likely to have athletic build
- You have ample bust and a wide back. Your chest may be larger and your back may be fuller than petite rectangles.
- You have a proportionally larger upper body
- You tend to have rather flat buttocks. Your hips are slim and your bottom may have a tendency towards the flat side
6. Your waist is subtle and you have a tendency to gain weight first in your belly and upper body, especially your back, when you gain weight
To summarize, Inverted triangle body type girls have wider tops than bottoms, due to a combination of narrow hips plus either strong, athletic shoulders or a large bust. It’s what we’ve heard called a swimmer’s build, and is the opposite in terms of body shape to the pear or triangle. Lots of models have this body type, and the reason is that it allows a ‘clothes hanger’ effect, which really shows off a number of looks to their best, so our inverted triangle shape brides are really blessed when it comes to couture and high fashion! For petite brides of any body shape, the secret to looking your best on your big day is to achieve balances and symmetries through your choices of wedding gown. To our inverted triangle petite bride, the focus becomes the inverse of that triangle—usually using a fuller skirt to balance the broader upper body. To balance out the silhouette, you’ll want to add volume on the bottom, drawing the eye to your slender hips with detailing and sparkle, and keeping things simple and structured up top.
Because of the heavy top, you can look for something with a heavy bottom, like mermaid or trumpet dresses, to balance out. Mermaid or trumpet dresses are best for petite women with inverted triangle shape because the slim bodice and flared skirt provides a flattering counterpoint to the strong and shapely shoulders.
A line wedding gown works great on you. This style is fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an ‘A’!) Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard gathering, to a traditional church ceremony. A great shape for all figures, in particular those with a larger upper body. The full skirt of the A-line can also hide a larger lower body, or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame. Since the A-line dress is so versatile, simple modifications to the neckline, waistline, or fabric can accentuate your best features and hide those your not so fond of! You can keep things softer with sheer fabrics that soften your upper half. A-line dresses as always are a good bet, but so are empire line and ballgown dresses. Fuller A-line skirts with layered satin or tulle work well to add volume to your bottom and create symmetry to your broad shoulder. Tea length and shorter dresses also surprisingly work well to balance the upper body of an inverted triangle figure by drawing attention downward to your legs. Eespecially with a playful, fuller tulle skirt.
Ball gowns with a full skirt creates a symmetry with your wide shoulders, while a structured bodice accents a trim waist. However, petite brides should balance it out when choosing a ball gown style because the puffiness could easily swallow your petite body frame. Go for those with tea length (shorter dresses) with tulle skirt if you decide you want to go for the ball gown style.
So here is the thing, women with inverted triangle body type could consider their broad shoulders either an asset they want to show off, or something they want to camouflage. If you want to hide the shoulders you can look for one shoulder dresses, that way the shoulder strap should be set more to the middle and not on the shoulder bone edge, making it look smaller, and believe or not, exposing the shoulder actually takes attention away from them, so it’s a yes to strapless dresses. If you want to distract people’s attention away from your broad shoulders, it’s best to avoid necklines with wide set straps or sleeves, off the shoulder necklines, and puffy and cap sleeves as these make your shoulders appear wider.
For petite girls with inverted triangle body type who want to accept the broad shoulders and make it an asset, You can show off those gorgeous shoulders with V-neck, U-shaped, strapless and halter necklines. If you wear a halter neckline or dresses with long sleeves, you should also look for a dress that highlights your waistline to create an hourglass shape.
Chi is 5’2″ founder of Petite Dressing, an online petite clothing store dedicated to women under 5’4″. Petite Dressing blog is here to help you understand yourself, such as your petite body type, and look your best ever. If you are new, start here. Comment below and share your thoughts about this post!