Wedding Dress Shapes and Styles for Brides with a Small Bust

If you are a small busted bride, get some great advice on wedding dress styles that will suit your shape and flatter your figure

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If you have a modest bust, your wedding day is one of those occasions when you can make the most of it: unlike brides with a larger chest, you can get away with an array of beautiful, flattering and stylish wedding dresses. Remember that models are rarely well endowed in the bust department, and – just like them – you will have your pick of the latest trends and most daring dresses.

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If you’re looking for advice on wedding dresses for brides with small boobs, look no further: we’ve rounded up all the key styles for you to consider.

Deep Plunge

The low V-neckline is a daring look for a bride – and certainly one that only small busted brides can get away with. You need to make sure a deep V is very well-fitted, because even small breasts can make an unscheduled appearance if they are not correctly supported. You may find that a little fashion tape gives you some added security in the absence of a bra.

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Allure Bridals – Style 9260

Backless Dress

A hugely popular choice for fashionable brides, the backless wedding dress is another daring style that only smaller chested brides can pull off. A backless dress cannot be worn well with a bra, but as long as there is adequate support at the front – and you have a lovely toned back to show off – this could be the style for you.

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Stella York – Style 6176

Cut-outs

Another contemporary style, strategic cut-outs at the back or waist of your gown will enhance your curves and draw the eye to all the right places. If you are a slim bride with a modest chest, you can really take advantage of your figure with this fashionable trick.

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Badgley Mischka – Bancroft

Off the Shoulder

Showing off your gorgeously tanned and toned shoulders and décolletage is a great way to enhance what you have rather than trying to hide what you don’t have. An off-the-shoulder neckline exposes the upper portion of your breast, like a demi-cup bra would – a bigger busted bride would end up with a “double boob” situation if she tried this look, but you can work it well.

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Sincerity Bridal – Style 3889

Mermaid Gown

The mermaid wedding dress is a classic shape for a bride with a smaller bust. It enhances curves and draws attention to the waist, flaring out at the bottom to create an elegant and feminine silhouette.

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Mori Lee – Style 4861

Sweetheart Neckline

Another traditional trick, the curves of a wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline will add volume and create the illusion of a full bustline. You can also use some strategically placed contouring make-up to create a shadow in the centre of the bust – but this is best applied by a make-up artist (you don’t want to end up with orange or brown marks on the dress!) If you’re looking for neckline shapes to avoid, a straight neckline is generally a no-no for a small busted bride.

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Veromia – Style VR61513

Sheer Neckline

If you’re worried about being able to keep a strapless neckline in place, many contemporary designs feature a sheer panel with a round neck to keep the bodice sitting perfectly whilst creating the illusion of a daring neckline. As well as providing comfort and security, a wedding dress with an illusion neckilne can also create depth and volume, particularly if it is embellished around the bustline.

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Blue by Enzoani – Invernes

Full Skirt

An effortless way to create curves and enhance your femininity, a full skirt will always draw attention away from a flat chest.

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Madeline Gardner – Style 51004

Detachable Skirt

A full skirt is a strategic choice for a smaller busted bride – but what if you want to show off your best assets (i.e. your legs) at the reception? Easy: choose a convertible skirt. A clever trend, this will make your dress a talking point for all the right reasons as you keep it traditional for the ceremony and then reveal a more daring, leg-loving look for the reception.

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House of Mooshki – Frida

Cowl Neck

With a nod to vintage fashion, the cowl neck adds volume around the bustline and provides a thoroughly feminine silhouette.

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Sassi Holford – Charlotte Top

Detail

With embellishment, prints, texture, colour and volume in the bust area will always enhance the bust.

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Allure Bridals – Style 9252

Corset

A ruched or embellished fitted bodice/corset adds shape and lift to your bust – and unlike the experience of a larger chested bride, it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable to wear.

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Madeline Gardner – Style 51002

Cinched Waist

A wedding dress that pulls in at the waist will enhance curves and automatically make your bust look bigger.

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Essense of Australia – Style D1951

Long Sleeves

Long sleeves do buxom brides no favours, but if your bust is small you can totally rock this on-trend look. Either choose a vintage-inspired gown with fitted long sleeves to elongate your top half and add feminine elegance, or wear a long sleeve jacket that you can remove later (when you hit the dance floor).

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Ronald Joyce – Style 68052

High Neckline

This look is particularly well suited to a vintage wedding and completely draws attention away from the bust. Choose anything from a high neck that skims the décolletage to a Victorian-inspired embellished collar.

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Blue by Enzoani – Ingwiller

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