Flattering Dress Silhouettes for Petite Brides
In order to naturally lengthen a petite figure, we recommend petite brides opt for statuesque design elements. These may include sweetheart or V-necklines, elongating princess seams, as well as fitted and A-line silhouettes. Fabrics that remain consistent and cohesive from the bodice to the hem will also ensure a seamless look. Most importantly, bring emphasis to the face by prioritizing open, face-framing necklines.
Design elements such as the shape of the neckline or details like embroidery, beading, or lace placement can influence the way in which a petite frame appears. We recommend opting for open, face-framing necklines such as strapless, sweetheart or V-necklines. Anything that offers delicacy and lightness near the dėcolletage is ideal for creating length and bringing focus to the face. Fabrics that remain consistent and cohesive from the bodice to the very hem will also create an effortlessly statuesque and elegant look.
Due to the short nature of a petite frame, it is especially important to keep the focus on the bride! Rather than being overwhelmed by lots of design elements and an abundance of fabric, we recommend leaning towards a more sleek and streamlined look. Fabrics such as satin and crepe paired with details including delicate laces, small-scale beading, as well as ruching are stunning options to ensure that your own beauty remains the star of the show as you walk down the aisle.
Architectural ruching amongst the minimalist bridal look, delicate beading and embroidery, as well as open necklines are just a few of the latest bridal trends that cater to the petite bride. The movement towards sleek silhouettes such as column, sheath, or fit-and-flare gowns also beautifully lengthen the body creating an effortlessly statuesque and elegant vision.
Before you even begin alterations on your wedding dress, your personal bridal stylist may suggest taking a hollow-to-hem measurement to send to the designer with your order. This allows the designer to create a more proportional design from the very first stitch. That way, when the time comes to hem your dress in alterations, the integrity of the gown’s design is maintained. No matter your height, our team of expert seamstresses are meticulous in ensuring the perfect fit. Learn more about our alterations services here.
Complete your bridal vision with one (or several!) of Kleinfeld’s hundreds of accessories. From shimmering headpieces and jewels to heirloom-worthy veils, there are countless to choose from. For petite brides, we recommend opting for delicate pieces that naturally elongate the body. Forgo any necklace and opt for a pair of show-stopping drop earrings paired with a cathedral-length veil. Book your accessories appointment with a personal stylist to discover the ultimate match to your dress! Learn more about accessories by exploring our Wedding Accessories Guide here.
Martina Liana, Tony Ward, Pnina Tornai, and Maison Signore are just a few of our world-renowned designers who offer customizations. This allows tall and short brides alike to ensure a meticulous fit. Their couture methods paired with their attention to details and proportions perfectly cater to brides with a petite frame.
Kleinfeld’s collection of petite wedding gowns can range from $3,000 to $20,000 depending on the intricacy of design details, particular designer, choice of materials, as well as the customization fees associated with a custom length. Please call for individual wedding dress pricing and availability here.
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