V102: Expert Style Tips - How to Find a Wedding Gown that Flatters Your Figure by Gabriella Risatti, Gabriella New York

Expert Style Tips
Figure It Out - Find the most flattering wedding dress for your figure with these tips by Gabriella Risatti of Gabriella New York

How to Find a Wedding Gown that Flatters Your Figure by Gabriella Risatti, Gabriella New York

  1. Hourglass: If you have an hourglass or “curvy” figure, an A-line gown with a dropped waist and a sweetheart neckline is the perfect formula to flatter your figure. This shape will show off your waist and chest beautifully.

  2. Petite: If you are petite, you'll want to keep it simple by wearing a stunning sheath or modified A-line gown. Your small frame can get lost in a larger, more elaborate gown.

  3. Pear-shaped: If you are pear-shaped, you’ll want to stay away from sheath gowns and go for a dress that focuses on the top half of your body, such as a strapless ball gown or one with an Empire waist.

  4. Short-waisted: If you have a short waist, choose a gown that will make your body appear longer. Something fitted through the bodice, such as a dropped-waist silhouette, will look gorgeous on you.

  5. Voluptuous: If you have a voluptuous figure, try an A-line dress – it's the easiest silhouette for most women to wear. You also have the option of a ball gown, which brings the attention away from your lower half. Don’t be afraid to try a strapless dress; with the correct undergarments, you will look fabulous!

  6. Undefined waist: If your waist is undefined, try an Empire-waist gown, which flows from just under the bust all the way to the floor. This elongates your body and gives the appearance of a long and lean figure.

  7. Tall and thin: If you are tall and thin, a ball gown will add femininity and shape to your slight figure.

  8. Short and thin: If you are short and thin, a sheath gown will be just the right dress for you.

Gabriella Risatti, Gabriella New York

GABRIELLA RISATTI, GABRIELLA NEW YORK Prior to opening her bridal boutique in 2008, Gabriella Risatti spent a decade working in the buying offices of world-renowned fashion labels including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Her experience and knowledge of the fashion industry coupled with her desire to create a unique and personalized shopping experience for brides led to the opening of Gabriella New York. The belief at Gabriella New York is that shopping for a wedding gown should be memorable, personal and genuinely enjoyable.

When Gabriella opened her chic boutique in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, she brought a fresh sophistication to the world of bridal design. With her fashion world background, she has a trained eye for style and only offers designers that are unique and coveted around the globe. Her personalized appointments are an experience in themselves. She not only expertly assists you in finding the perfect gown, but spoils you along the way with fun, luxurious details like wine, friendly conversation and full styling. Her salon is complete with great accessories from jewelry designers and couture milliners and she will put together your entire look in one experience. I also love that her salon is intimate and private. When shopping at Gabriella New York you are the only one in her salon—not fighting for a fitting room with thousands of crazy brides! - CECI JOHNSON