The Best Wedding Dresses for Short Women

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Shopping for clothes as a petite woman is difficult, but looking for a wedding dress can be even harder. Styles with huge, poofy skirts and heavy embellishments only overwhelm a short bride, and empire waist or mermaid dresses can make a petite woman look even shorter. Do your homework before you go dress shopping and learn the best styles to suit your body; after all, your wedding dress will be displayed in photos for the rest of your life.

Short women need to pay special attention to the style of wedding dress they choose.
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Cross voluminous ballgowns off your list; a petite woman will be swallowed up by its full skirt. The same rule goes for dresses with heavy beading or large ruffles and bows. Stick to a natural waist; empire waists and drop waists can break up a short silhouette, according to Wedding Channel.

Petite women should avoid voluminous ballgowns and ruffles.
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The uncluttered, lean shape of a sheath dress especially flatters a shorter bride. Brides.com recommends choosing a sheath style to create an unbroken line that elongates the figure. These styles are usually strapless or sleeveless, and work best on a toned figure.

A sheath dress is flattering for toned figures.
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An A-line dress flatters almost any woman because of its fit-and-flare shape, and also works well to camouflage bottom-heavy figures. The skirt is fuller than a sheath, but not big enough to overwhelm a short figure. If you choose an A-line style with beading or other adornments, The Knot recommends keeping the detailing small and simple.

An A-line dress helps hide bottom-heavy figures.
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Brides.com suggests wearing a simple, formfitting slip dress to create the illusion of height. A slip dress usually comes in lighter fabrics like silk, and is suited for a more casual affair like a beach or garden wedding. Be aware that a slip dress is by nature quite clingy; avoid this style if you're not comfortable with showing off your physique.

A slip dress creates the illusion of height.
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