Are you a petite bride having trouble finding the perfect wedding dress? Scroll below for style inspiration, shopping tips, and wedding gown styling advice for short brides.
Being short can be a blessing in so many ways, but even finding everyday closet pieces that fit can be a challenge. On a petite bride’s special day, finding the right fit and silhouette for a wedding dress can make all the difference.
Take celebrities Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Hilary Duff, and Ariana Grande for example. With shorter statures of below 5’4”, these celebrity brides still managed to look long and lean on their special days.
From fabrics to silhouettes to everything in between, we’re sharing the top wedding dress trends and fashion tips for short women to look as good as they feel on their wedding day.
Can’t find your perfect wedding dress? Anomalie has worked with thousands of petite brides to create wedding dresses to their unique style and measurements for under $2,000. Get started here with a free sketch and fabric samples.
1. Crepe Mermaid Style Stunner.
This modern dress is sure to make any petite bride stand out.
2. Modern Petite Wedding Dress.
This crepe fit and flare with an unlined bodice and nonfloral lace is perfect for the modern petite bride.
3. Vintage Petite A-Line Wedding Dress.
Add a vintage flare to your look by opting for a tea length skirt. The scalloped lace edge is also a stunning addition.
4. High-End Geometric Applique Mermaid Dress.
Everyone looks sophisticated in a high collar lace bodice. We are also loving the effortless fall of this sheath skirt.
5. Princess-Style Petite Bride.
What better way to look like royalty than in a ball gown with a high neck collar.
6. Whimsical Petite Bride.
This toffee a-line with flutter cap sleeves and gradient floral lace is perfect for any whimsical wedding.
7. Nude Wedding Dress.
This nude colored a-line dress is absolutely stunning with its illusion boatneck and all over floral lace.
8. Sweetheart Wedding Dress.
This dress takes it to the next level with its plunging sweetheart neckline. A perfect combo.
9. Trendy Petite Bridal Dress.
Adding double waist bands to the empire and natural waist is so trendy and really accentuates your waistline.
10. Couture Wedding Dress for Petite Brides.
This unique design is a pink sheath dress with soft white a-line overlay and scattered floral lace.
11. Simple Silk Crepe Wedding Dress.
Simply a silk crepe fit and flare with underarm cutouts and plunging v-neckline.
12. Soft A-line Wedding Dress.
This blushing bride circle skirt with a standard sweetheart and illusion 3/4 length sleeves is an easy soft look.
13. Fitted Petite Wedding Dress.
This fitted long sleeve poly crepe fit and flare is perfect for fall or winter weddings.
14. Mermaid Dress with Low Back.
This light weight soft white fit and flare with all over geometric lace is perfect for the beach!
15. Lace Petite Wedding Dress.
This fit and flare has lots of lace including a sheet lace, floral appliqué, and 3D flowers.
16. Tiered Wedding Dress for Petite Brides.
Not a lace person? This blushing bride tiered ball gown with a soft white tulle cross over ruched bodice and underarm cutouts is perfect for you!
17. Short Sheath Dress with Boatneck.
Who says your dress needs to be long? This short soft white mini dress with a crew sleeves bodice and a thigh high slit is perfect for the bride who wants to show some leg.
18. Halter Bridal Dress.
Let’s add some height to your gown by adding a floral lace halter top.
19. Unlined Wedding Dress.
Featured here is a soft white crepe skirt with unlined bodice and crepe binded neckline and large floral appliqué.
20. Classic Bridal Dress.
A simple soft white tulle fit and flare with horizontal flare seam at thighs and floral lace appliqué
What are the best silhouettes for brides with a petite frame?
For short women, it is best to add the illusion of height with vertical seams that draw the eye upwards. Adding volume to a wedding dress horizontally will make a bride seem shorter than she actually is. Therefore, a ball gown silhouette is not best suited for a short bride. However, if a petite bride chooses a gown with more volume in the skirt, she should design a wedding dress with a higher waistline for the illusion of longer legs.
Generally, petite brides look best in a more form-fitting silhouette. Sheath or column wedding dresses are great not only for how lightweight they are but also for the way they lengthen a shorter bride. For example, Ariana Grande recently wore a form-hugging sheath wedding dress from Vera Wang.
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Additionally, fit-and-flare wedding dresses are also quite flattering on petite brides, allowing them to accentuate their curves. The volume at the bottom of a fit-and-flare dress adds length by extending the leg. Circle and A-line wedding dresses can also create a slimming effect.
One of the best silhouettes for a short woman on her wedding day is a short wedding dress. Drawing attention to your legs and ending slightly above the knee, the short wedding dress is particularly flattering on a short girl. This blog post is devoted as a guide to women picking a short wedding dress.
Are short wedding dresses for petite brides in style?
While this year has seen an upward trend towards more casual, intimate weddings, therefore making the short wedding dress style quite fitting, short wedding dresses for petite brides will definitely be in style in the next year to come! From rustic chic weddings to more formal black-tie events, petite brides can especially pull off this short wedding dress style that highlights and elongates the legs.
Should I wear a petite A-line wedding dress?
An A-line wedding dress, with its fitted waistline and flared skirt, is one of the most popular wedding silhouettes and is very flattering for most women. It has a slimming effect and is better suited for petite brides than a ball gown wedding dress.
In order to appear taller, petite brides should look for wedding dresses with higher waistlines. For inspiration on A-line wedding dress designs, read this blog post.
Should I wear a petite fit-and-flare wedding dress?
Due to petite brides’ smaller frames, many shorter brides opt for a fit and flare wedding dress. The silhouette should flare out just below the knees so as not to swallow up the bride’s figure.
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What color wedding dress will help elongate a short bride?
While most wedding dresses are white, for the short bride who is looking to add a pop of color, it is also important to think about how this may be used to accentuate her best features. Continuous and solid colors are not busy and therefore won’t overwhelm a petite bride’s frame. Many petite brides have worn colorful wedding dresses and black wedding dresses.
As a short bride, can my wedding dress have lace details?
Yes! Similarly to everyday fashion tips for petite brides, short girls should avoid large lace embroidery and appliques, which will overwhelm the brides’ frame. Smaller and more intricate lace details work best with a short bride’s figure. Simplicity is so elegant in itself! Many Anomalie brides decided to design their custom wedding dresses with softer, more delicate lace. These sheet laces included floral sheet lace for a whimsical look, viney floral sheet lace, and scalloped and geometric laces for a symmetrical look. The swirls and curved movement of these laces make it easy for the viewers’ eyes to follow the length of the wedding dress, which is ideal for a petite bride! If you need help picking a lace design for your wedding dress that will fit your smaller frame, you can learn more about Anomalie’s Design Services and book a personalized appointment with a stylist!
What shoes should I wear as a petite bride with my wedding dress?
Fortunately, if you are wearing a long wedding dress with a long skirt, your feet will likely be covered. While platform heels can normally make the feet appear to be bulky and draw the eye downwards, petite brides can get away with hiding their feet with the added bonus of extra inches.
On the other hand, if a petite woman decides to wear a short wedding dress, she must pay more attention to the shoes she chooses to wear to complement her petite wedding dress. Stilettos or pointy-toed shoes will add length to a short woman’s legs.
How should I accessorize a wedding dress as a short bride?
As a short bride, you likely also have a shorter torso. For the appearance of a taller figure, short women should accessorize wedding dresses with a thin belt, whether this be a thin beaded belt or simple sash. Belts around 1.5 inches generally work for petite women.
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Another accessory to try is a longer pendant. This elongates a short neck, and draws the eye along the line of your body. A necklace that lies slightly above the chest works best for a petite bride and can be worn with a sweetheart, halter, or any array of wedding dress necklines.
What fabrics should I use for a petite wedding dress?
The exact fabric of a petite bride’s wedding dress is not particularly important. Short women should try to avoid heavy ball gown-like skirts with much volume. However, a short bride has complete reign over designing a wedding dress! Check this complete guide to fabrics for inspiration.
Where do I purchase a petite wedding dress?
Pnina Tornai, Anna Campbell, Hayley Paige, Maggie Sottero, Vera Wang, and Lazaro are designers that can accommodate a petite bride when choosing a wedding dress. Some designers, such as Lazaro and Hayley Paige, are sold exclusively at specific boutiques like Kleinfeld. These dresses start at $2,000 and can reach much higher prices, not including alterations and customizations.
However, there are other options. The petite bride who wants to spend below $1,000 on a wedding dress should look at other options. David’s Bridal has a large selection of discounted wedding gowns. BHLDN is also another choice. It is one of the few chain stores with wedding dresses ranging between $800 and $2,000.
How do I choose the right dress for my petite figure?
At Anomalie, stylists believe there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing the right dress design. The right gown will be, unsurprisingly enough, the one that feels right. And what better way to highlight your favorite features than with a dress that compliments your figure? If you’re a petite gal, sleek styles stylize your frame and hug you, rather than drown you.
Can I create a petite wedding dress online?
If you’re tired of trying on wedding dresses that just don’t seem to fit your petite frame, using a trusted online wedding dress company may be the right path for you. Anomalie is a wedding dress company that expertly crafts one-of-a-kind custom wedding dresses – starting at $1,399. After signing up, petite brides are able to receive custom sketches and curated advice from a dedicated design stylist.
Why should I trust an online wedding dress retailer?
Having helped thousands of brides, Anomalie has an acclaimed design process to create every bride’s custom wedding dress from scratch. Anomalie has won Wedding Wire’s top choice for brides for a couple years in a row. Read Wedding Wire for unfiltered reviews from brides across the United States and Canada.
Curious if Anomalie is the right option to create your wedding dress? Get started with free fabric samples and a custom sketch here.
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