Vera Wang: Fishtail gowns are most flattering

Vera has given some tips to engaged women who are shopping for their perfect outfit.

“A mermaid shape clearly articulates the curves of the body. Ideal for an afternoon or an evening wedding, it also suits many body types; elongating on small women and extremely flattering on full body shapes,” she said.

For those who don’t want such a clingy dress, Vera suggests opting for an A-line skirt. The shape is universally flattering and always stays in style.

“An A-line shape is always elongating. Worn full, an A-line can be extravagant without sacrificing silmness, while a narrow A-line can be dressy or informal. This versatile shape also minimises a heavy figure,” she said.

The designer also had some tips when choosing the bodice of a gown. Vera explained it is the one area which needs real thought.

“When choosing a neckline, a bride should consider her weight, height, bone structure and age. The smaller the bride, the shorter she will look with a décolleté; the older the bride, the less she should reveal,” she told the British edition of Grazia magazine.