14 Dress Hacks That Make You Look Skinnier on Your Wedding Day

With the notion that all eyes will be on you in a few months time, the delicate moment in your life of  looking for wedding dresses,  is not the time to also be dealing with body image issues.

Although finding your wedding dress is one of the highlights for Brides-to-be, it can also bring up a fair amount of dread for those of us who are not 100% confident with their appearance – and even for those who are.

Of course, lifestyle improvements are never bad idea, but the imagined need for body perfection leaves many of us struggling to feel satisfied with our bodies.

If you don’t want to spend your engagement battling with self-transformation obligations, there are ways to make your dress boost your body image  that won’t require a personal trainer and a butt lift!

Below are tricks which will bring out the best of your figure so you can have the confidence of an Oscar winner when you walk down the aisle. Because you deserve it, no matter what your shape is.

Which wedding dress silhouette is right for you?
How to add slimming design tricks to your wedding dress
Slimming the chest

Necklines for a large bust
Does a strapless gown work for larger bust?
How to make the waist smaller
Is a wedding dress belt slimming?
Laces and details that slim
Which fabrics make you slimmer?
How to seem taller in your dress
How to slim your arms
How any dress can make you appear slimmer
How to feel slimmer in your dress

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Which wedding dress silhouette is right for you?


First and most fundamental task is to find the silhouette which complements and feels comfortable to wear. See this is as your start-off, as trying on too many dresses that don’t flatter can be discouraging.

You may adore a certain gown on Pinterest, but it is not a given it makes the best out of your body. Some silhouettes can be unforgiving, so first read our guide and then work with the bridal consultant to find you the silhouette that makes you feel the most gorgeous.

Keen on a fitted gown but don’t feel confident? You can pull it off beautifully by choosing a friendlier fit, which will still give you the same effect. A Trumpet silhouette will hug and flare from the top of your thighs, and the Fit and Flare from the middle of the thighs. These silhouettes are more forgiving than a mermaid which is fitted at the knees. It will be much easier to move around comfortably too!

If you want drama, use the silhouette. A full skirt or fitted profile with a dramatic skirt will create a narrower profile elsewhere.

In each silhouette you try, the most important rule is: If you don’t feel happy in the dress – try something different. The dress should reflect your personal style, make you feel confident and beautiful.

 

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How to add slimming design tricks to your wedding dress

When you have a dress shape that works for you, consider which details emphasize your best features. By thinking it through you can achieve slimming effects in the neckline, sleeves, fabric and details to make it the perfect dress for your body.

Avoid features that hide you away unnecessarily. If the bodice and sleeves contains excess bulk, it might look like something extra is there when it isn’t.
For example: just because your hips are fuller, doesn’t imply you have to wear an Aline or ballgown. You can balance the hip area in a fitted gown in a dress that draws attention to the neckline, arms or shoulders, and to know how you do this just keep reading!

The best dress will be the one that is highlighting your best features and slimmest parts, strategically deterring away from what you are less proud of and celebrating your figure and personality.

The corset look might not be popular anymore, but a built in, hidden corset can magically give you better posture, smooth the contours, and hold you in. They are not as uncomfortable as they used to be, especially not when tailor made.

Never underestimate the power of good support wear – they can completely change the look and feel of a dress, and thus your comfort and confidence.

Recommend read: PLUS SIZE WEDDING DRESS TIPS

SLIMMING THE CHEST

V neck and plunging necklines are great for slimming the chest as they draw the eye down to your waist from your bust. A deep V-neckline creates a diagonal line between shoulder and waist, pulling the eye to your slimmest parts.
The combination of straps with a deep neckline draws the eye to the face and the waist. This creates a line that elongates.

A sweetheart, Scoop Neck, V-neck and Square Neck will showcase your decolletage and collarbones, which is the most alluring and feminine part of you. These necklines will give you a lovely waist.

A square neck or scoop is extremely in vouge in 2020, which is an added bonus!

Necklines for a large bust

Scoop and straight necklines are the most flattering design for a large bust, but a well positioned V is also great.

A very rounded sweetheart neckline could make you seem boobier, so if you are blessed with a large cup size rather pick a straight or a mildy curved variation.
If your dream dress has a sweetheart neckline and can’t be changed, you can balance the chest with added cap sleeves.

High necklines such as jewel, halter and boat should be avoided if you are busty. Hold back on the plunging neckline as well. The right depth is just above or at the beginning of the cleavage.

A great option is the one shoulder neckline, which elongates and draws the eye upwards.

Recommend read: FIND THE PERFECT NECKLINE

Does a strapless gown work for larger bust?

Strapless wedding dresses is a hard look to pull off – for anyone. A strapless bodice can make you “spill”, create armpit rolls and look lanky. You could however get around it with if the tailoring is spot on, and there is sufficient built-in support.

If you plan to go for a strapless bodice, make sure that you don’t get folding over skin when it fits tight enough for it to stay up.
A pushed up and wobbly bust is not going to flatter, so if you feel like you are in the risk zone but still want the look, choose an illusion overlay or achieve a similar effect as the strapless with a strap which is about 1/2 – 1 inch wide.

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HOW TO MAKE THE WAIST SMALLER

A dress which emphasizes your shoulders and hips is the simplest way to create a waist. Examples are cap-sleeve, short sleeve, boat neck and off the shoulder sleeves which draw attention across the shoulder.
Combine with a fuller skirt to enhance the effect.

An empire waist is good if your waist is not well defined, or if your waist is larger than your chest. Other Brides might find that the empire line makes them look a bit juvenile.
Plus size  brides will benefit from an empire dress as it hugs them in at the thinnest part of their torso, which will give the appearance of a slimmer waist.

Is a wedding dress belt slimming?

An instant way to define the waist is by adding a belt – but make sure you wear the right belt. Drawing the attention to the center of your body will make the rest of it seem smaller, and if worn the correct way the belt can help to accentuate and create a slimmer appearing waist.

A too skinny belt can make your torso seem bigger. A too wide belt exaggerates the width, and shrinks the torso which is not ideal if you have a large bust.
1-2 inches is the sweet spot, but factor in your height when choosing a belt: if you are tall, the width of your belt should increase.

An asymmetric or partial adornment on your belt narrows the waist, but avoid light reflecting details across the entire waist. Preferable are smaller embellishments in the center. This draws the eye away from the sides and into the center and is more forgiving than sparkle all across.
A safe option is a dress with a built in waist band or a plain belt which suggests the waist without emphasizing it too much.

Place the belt higher to make the torso smaller, lower down if you want to seem taller, at the narrowest point for a hour glass shape.

These dress tricks will make you slimmer on your wedding day

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LACES AND DETAILS THAT SLIM

The right amount of detail on a classic silhouette is very flattering for all body types.

Although large patterns can make you seem bigger, graphic laces can help to distract away from problem areas.
Large 3D detail such as ruffles and flower texture could add unnecessary volume to areas you want to mask, BUT for example, if you want to conceal your waist, choose a dress with an eye catching detail on the arms, shoulder or hips to deter away attention from the midsection.

Give all-over embellishments a miss and wear them judiciously, placing them away from areas you want to conceal. The best lace patterns are those positioned in the center of your body to create a vertical column.
If you are concerned about your hips (pear shape), avoid a dress with applique on the hips – rather choose lace for the bodice design.
Likewise, if you are concerned about a large torso or bust, or lack of waist line, balance it with applique on the hips.

The pattern and “movement” of the lace also has an effect: the patterns that seem to flow vertically and diagonally will help to create an hourglass figure.

A light lace under a champagne, mocha or blush underlay creates a wonderful texture that will disguise imperfections.

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FABRICS THAT MAKE YOU SLIMMER

Glossy wedding dress fabrics will reflect light which might give an impression of volume. A better option is light-absorbing, matte fabrics such as georgette, crepe, mikado and tulle.
To add more support, choose soft but dense fabrics with more structure and less sheen. The most supportive fabric are those with a little but not too much stretch. Smooth and thin fabrics such as silk satin or chiffon might cling.
The lining matters too – make sure that it is double-lined with breathable lining to smooth your body.

A consistent fabric and color will create a favorable lengthening effect.
A dress where the bodice and skirt is the same color and material is preferable to a dress with two different “halves”. The illusion of two separate garments can look stacked, making you seem shorter and broader. This look is great for tall brides with a long torso though.

Many wedding dresses these days come in different colors than white or ivory. A darker color will reflect less light, which you might find more flattering than an all-over bright color.

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HOW TO SEEM TALLER IN YOUR DRESS

If you want to appear taller and slenderer, think vertically. Vertical lines such as those created with ruching, pleats and a thigh slit is elongating on any body frame. Choose diagonal and vertical pleats and ruching and avoid horizontal.

A dress with straps will make your body taller than a dress than a strapless boob-tube style dress.

A wrap dress with a deep neck line creates a center line through the body resulting in a smaller torso and longer legs.

A skirt slit is flattering for all body types will draw attention to your beautiful legs!

Consider princess seams – the dress pattern is cut in vertical 3 panels, creating a lengthening effect and a hourglass shape.

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HOW TO SLIM YOUR ARMS

Off the shoulder sleeve, butterfly sleeve and bishop sleeve can subtly disguise and distract the eye away from another area.

Short sleeves, cap sleeves and 3/4 sleeves might enhance broad shoulders, but can be balanced with a deep sweetheart, V or plunging neckline.

Solid fabric long sleeves could enlarge the arms. Rather go for sheer or semi-sheer long sleeves, or if you want solid fabric, a flare sleeve or 3/4 sleeves focuses attention to the wrists which slims the arms and waist.

Choose a lightly patterned material such as lace or embroidered tulle, and consider a butterfly sleeve which will give you a dreamy and whimsical wedding look. A semi-sheer bishop sleeve will disguise large upper arms.

Bell sleeves flaring from the elbow will make the top of your arms look skinnier and also balance a large chest.

Tip: Look for a dress that fulfills all you wish for, but leave the sleeves until last. Most salons can in most cases retro fit the sleeve to your dream dress. This will give you a lot more options when shopping.

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How any dress can make you appear slimmer

The most flattering design is one that fits your body with no folds, creases or tightness in the fabric. The right tailoring is therefore essential. Make sure the dress fits perfectly – then you will also feel more comfortable and more attractive too!

Never buy a dress too small because you are planning to lose weight. If the dress is to small, it will make you look big. No one else knows what size you are wearing – the most important thing is that it is your size.

Your goal may be to shed pounds before your wedding day, but remember that it is always possible to take a dress in, and almost impossible to make it bigger. Make sure the dress fits now – then take it in later. The last thing you want is to be unable to breathe comfortably on your wedding day, or risk the dress splitting!

The bodice should not feel tight – not only will it make you look and feel uncomfortable, it also pushes the skin in unflattering ways. If you feel squeezed it’s likely you’ll look it too.
If it is too tight, you’ll feel restricted to have as much fun as you should when letting loose on the dance floor. If it is too loose, you’ll be seen tugging at your dress throughout your wedding day.

If you are going to wear supportive undergarments, buy it when you buy your dress and wear it to your fittings. Then you will get the ultimate fit.

At your fittings, communicate with the person doing the alterations thoroughly about how the dress fits and feels when you are wearing it. The dress should lightly hug your form without squeezing. If it is too tight, it might tear when your husband lifts you for the photos, if it is too loose, the sleeve might slide off your shoulders in your first dance.

Which ever your style is, make sure your wedding dress fits you perfectly at every seam. Bear this in mind when ordering online – it might be necessary to adjust it locally.

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How to feel slimmer in your dress

This all about comfort and confidence, really: if the dress make you feel beautiful, you will look it too, no matter your size.

Find a dress which is comfortable and suits your vision. If you don’t feel good in the dress, it is not the right dress no matter what the rule book says.

The right design will highlight the person wearing it, as opposed to the body.  How you feel in your dress transfers to confidence which reflects in your face.

It is your sincere happiness which takes the attention from any flaws and will showcase the real beauty of you.

Whilst following our hacks, make sure to get the dress which makes you feel great and that you love wearing. This is the most important thing, above all!

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Jo Malin created this blog for modern couples who yearns for the extraordinary. Based on her sheer love of transparent planning advice, artful styling and contemporary bridal looks, she writes for the freedom of getting married the way you want. When she is not editing the blog, you can find her sketching and sewing for the new label Sheer Bride, vintage shopping, building a ceramic sculpture or walking on the beach.

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