I'm Petite — Can I Wear a Ball Gown Wedding Dress?

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Finding the right wedding dress for your body type. That's why the Brides fashion experts are here to answer all of your gown-related questions.

I'm 5'2". Can I still wear a princess gown?

Absolutely. But instead of one with a voluminous skirt, choose an A-line dress with plenty of princess-y bling like one of these:

1. Justin Alexander A-line Wedding Dress. A slight drop waist can make your legs look short, so opt for a natural waist. This heavily beaded bodice draws the eye upward, making you appear taller. With the spotlight on your upper half, balance the look with understated jewels. Classic diamond studs or simple drops will make you look polished instead of prom-ish. Steer clear of heavy necklaces in favor of a few thin bangles or bracelets. A-line sweetheart dress, $1,707, Justin Alexander.

2. Fit-and-Flare Enzoani Wedding Dress. A form-fitting fit-and-flare gown gives the illusion of height, and the gradual, asymmetrical skirt is perfect for petite brides, as it won't cut you off, like a harsh horizontal line can. Even with this fitted silhouette, the soft lace and tulle skirt will make you appear sinuous and ethereal—you'll simply float down the aisle! Add a bit of sparkle with a pretty pendant or diamond necklace. Strapless fit-and-flare dress, $1,815, Blue by Enzoani.

3. Zurc for Impression Sheath Wedding Dress. Whoever said petite girls couldn't wear maxi-style dresses couldn't be further from the truth! A sheath dress's continuous line stretches your frame. Worn with a pair of high heels to give you model-like proportions, this style will camouflage a short torso, legs ... you name it. Want to cheat even more? Pair this sophisticated silhouette with linear chandelier earrings (which also, surprisingly, add height)! Strapless sheath dress, $1,315, Zurc for Impression.

—Beth Swanson

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