For brides who are short in stature and narrow at the waist — otherwise known as petite — wedding dresses that create the illusion of a long torso are ideal. The key to finding the most complementary dress for petite brides-to-be is all in the details, particularly, four specific silhouette styles that help create a long and lean stature.
Brides going for a boho or beach aesthetic on their big day will likely gravitate towards an empire-waist dress (where the waistline fall right beneath the bust) to help elongate their miniature figure. Another great way to trick the eye? A trumpet gown. The low-lying skirt and form-fitting bodice help to stretch out your midsection and adds inches instantly. There's also the tried-and-true sheath: Its straight-cut silhouette manifests into one statuesque look for brides on the shorter end of the scale. And remember to consider flattering embellishments and details from pleats and vertical beading or sequins to a seam that runs along the side of your bodice as opposed to across.
Lucky for petite brides, our favorite bridal designer's most recent runway shows were filled with tons of options. Whether it's Amsale's modern, no-fuss sheaths, Ines di Santo's glam trumpets, Jenny Packham's signature up-and-down beading, or Vera Wang's diagonal ruching, there's a gorgeous, lengthening dress out there for all petite brides to wear.
We scoured the runways to find the most flattering styles for your tiny frame. Here, wedding dresses that work well for petite body types.