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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An effortless way to create curves and enhance your femininity, a full skirt will always draw attention away from a flat chest.
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.
With a nod to vintage fashion, the cowl neck adds volume around the bustline and provides a thoroughly feminine silhouette.
With embellishment, prints, texture, colour and volume in the bust area will always enhance the bust.
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.
A wedding dress that pulls in at the waist will enhance curves and automatically make your bust look bigger.
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).
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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