All About the Wedding Dress: The Pippa Effect

Happy bride showing her wedding dressComparisons are bound to happen between The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, Pippa Middleton.

Pippa, who was present during her sister’s marriage to HRH Prince William, witnessed the fanfare surrounding Kate’s wedding dress. It is no secret that everyone was amazed with the Duchess’ gown. So when the time came for Pippa to tie the knot, all eyes were on her.

Her fairytale-worthy wedding to James Matthews drew attention to her outfit, created by popular designer Giles Deacon.

She received mixed responses.

Some loved the style. The capped sleeves and delicate v-back emphasised her arms without overwhelming her entire appearance, observers remarked.

Critics, on the other hand, believe Kate did it better. Others insisted it ‘looks like her nan’s old fashioned curtains’. The skirt did not emphasise her hips well, the lace was too much or that she could’ve done better.

For a simple bride-to-be shopping for wedding dresses in Bromley, such talks ignite the popular question: ‘Which dress is the right one?’ If Pippa’s dress remains the subject of debate, how can regular brides fare better?

Here is a simple guide of choosing the right dress for your frame:

Hourglass: Fit-To-Flare/Mermaid

With hourglass figures, the goal is simple: highlight your curves. Do not shy away from closely-fitted gowns; the silhouette is ideal for flaunting your waist line and hips. Fit-to-flare or mermaid dresses are perfect for hour-glass shapes. Unlike ball gowns, these dresses do not overwhelm your figure.

Petite: Toga/Sheath/ Fit-to-Flare

Petite brides should keep their bottoms narrow and choose high-wasted with toga, sheaths or fit-to-flare gowns. These dresses add more height and fullness without too much fabric. Also, small-framed brides should choose lightweight draped gowns to draw eyes upward.

Pear: A-Line Gowns

Brides who are smaller on top and fuller on the bottom experience a more difficult time finding the right dress.

Look for A-line dresses with beaded waist lines. These dresses come with skirts that disguise full hips and beaded details that keep proportions in check. A fitted bodice is also ideal for modest brides who wish to conceal their curves.

Whether Pippa’s dress is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ for critics, she still amazed crowds and bystanders with her ethereal style. As a bride, you can do it, too. All you have to do is find the right dress for your frame and beam like the gorgeous bride you are—a bit like Pippa.