by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman
Typified by: A curvy silhouette and a small waistline.
Think: Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara.
Try on: Mermaid and fit-and-flare styles easily come to mind, but don’t forget about wedding dresses that have exaggerated features like a low drop waist or low backs.
Tricky: Empire waists, slips and sheaths.
1. This glamorous mermaid wedding dress has a flounced tulle skirt accented with horsehair trim. Appliquéd double shoulder straps complete the look.
Mori Lee, style Marciela, $1,499 at The Dress Matters, Media, Pa.
2. The symmetrical design draws the eye to feminine curves, trailing to a ruffled, tapered skirt.
Allure Bridals, style MJ308, $1,685 at Claire’s Fashions, Wilmington, Del.
3. Vintage-inspired gown features a fit-and-flare silhouette complete with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. An illusion capelet—accented with beaded lace appliqués, crosshatching and Swarovski crystals—is sold separately.
Sottero and Midgley, style Annika Leigh, $2,039 at Brides 2 Be By Hope Mitchell, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
4. Timeless and elegant, this lace sheath wedding dress features a modern illusion deep-V halter neckline, a stunning, scalloped plunging back and illusion straps.
Sottero and Midgley, style Winifred, $1,439 at Brides 2 Be By Hope Mitchell, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
EXPERT TIP: Proper undergarments and alterations are key. “We believe that most any girl, with ANY body style can pretty much wear ANY gown she would like. We stock gowns from size 0 to 30. We enjoy showing a curvy bride a fitted dress.” —Hope Mitchell, owner, Brides 2 Be By Hope Mitchell, Rehoboth Beach, Del.