Finding that ultimate wedding dress seems like a dream come true for the bride-to-be, but it’s actually easier than you think.

SHESAID has enlisted the help of White Lily Couture Style Director and bridal expert, Alera Kingham who has helped countless brides select their dream dress, fitting a wide range of figures and styles.

Below are just some of her top tips on how to choose the best wedding dress for your big day!

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The hourglass figure is the perfect feminine shape, with beautiful curves and a well-defined waistline. Emphasising the waist by choosing styles which are fitted through the hip and thigh will really make your figure pop.

Pick: Dakota by Enzoani is an amazing gown for brides with an hourglass shape. The scoop neckline combined with the structure of this trumpet style is perfect for accentuating the shape.

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Pear shape

Pear-shaped women have a slimmer upper torso, and a more shapely bottom half. An A line style dress will emphasise the torso and play down the hips and bottom to better fit the body.

Pick: Basma by Provonias is the ideal gown to achieve a flattering look that is proportional and elegant.

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Apple shape

Women with an apple-shaped figure often have a filler bust and mid-section, with slimmer thighs and hips. The key to an apple-shaped figure is to create the illusion of curves by using structure.

Look for gowns with boning and well fitted lines through the bodice. A line, ball gown or empire lines are perfect as they enhance your bust, and balance the lower body creating the illusion of curves to die for.

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Pick: A ball gown such as Clara by Mori Lee is a great option as it provides fullness from the hipline and balances the shoulders.


Petite women are often below the average height of 1.65m, and want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance. If you’re a petite bride, it’s important to take your height and proportions into consideration when selecting gowns. If you have your heart set on a mermaid, try a fit and flair or a fitted sheath style to elongate your figure.

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Pick: Styles such as Charlotte by Mori Lee will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.


Slim and athletic brides are recommended to try a sheath style gown that is fitted. A high neck is a flattering option as it creates proportion on a longer torso, and fills that negative space between the chin and bust.

Pick: The Jocelyn by Enzoani is a great option which slims the body, showing off your best assets.

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