No matter what your body type, there is a wedding dress

  • No matter what your body type, there is a wedding dress out there that will fit you perfectly. You just need to know what to look for. Below are some tips to help you make the best possible choice.

    Petite: For little ladies, it’s all about the waistline. A dress with a waist above your natural middle will make the lower half of your dress longer and thus create the illusion that you are taller. Conversely, a lower waistline will make the bottom part of the dress, and you, shorter. A trumpet style dress or sheath with a nice bodice will help to draw eyes upwards. Just be wary of ball gowns and tea length dresses as these can make you appear extra small.

    Rectangle: If you have no natural curves, no problem! Choose a dress with volume on both the chest and hips to give the appearance of an hourglass figure. A sheath dress will highlight your typically small waist and create a sexy silhouette. A-line dresses will also help camouflage your lack of hips.

    Hourglass: You have the curvy figure all the other girls dream of – proportional chest and waist with a slim waist in between. You ought to choose a dress that accents your natural form such as a body-hugging mermaid or sheath dress. These will help you to flaunt your silhouette. Just be sure to avoid unnecessary frills and ruffles as these distract attention from your figure.

    Pear-Shaped: For women with wide hips but a narrow upper body, the A-line dress is the perfect way to show off your small waist while smoothing out the fullness of your hips. Sturdy fabrics that don’t cling to the body will be especially effective in doing this (think satin or taffeta). A strapless top or V-neckline will also highlight your sexy shoulders.

    Apple-Shaped: For women with weight centered in their stomach, the A-line is also a very flattering choice. Wearing a deep V bodice will redefine your shape and attract eyes vertically as opposed to horizontally. Have the waistline pull in tight at your skinniest point then descend out into the classic A formation to better conceal some of your rounder sections.

    Plus-sized: The voluptuous have a lot going for them. Tea length dresses can offer a glimpse of pretty ankles. A corseted bodice can help accent your shape. Make sure your waistline isn’t too high up as it can start to look like maternity wear otherwise. Consider a dress with a lining underneath to ensure a better fit. Any dress or fabric that has too much flow can start to add pounds rather than shape.

    Finding the perfect wedding dress is never easy. No matter what, you’re probably going to have to try on many dresses before you find the one that’s right for you. Hopefully these tips will help to speed up that process. That way you can turn your attention to more important things- like where to have your bachelorette party.


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