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The Right Dress for Your Body

Your wedding day is almost here! It's the day you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. The scrapbooks you’ve made about the location, the food, the band, and the decorations can now all be put to use. You finally get to plan the wedding of your dreams. Of course, no wedding preparation would be complete without the search for the perfect wedding dress.

When you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you, so nothing short of perfection will do. I must warn you; this search will not be a walk in the park. You’ll probably have to try on dozens of dresses before you find “the one”, but when you do find it, you’ll know immediately. You’ll feel like that dress was made specifically for you. Just because the search may be difficult, it doesn’t mean you have to go in completely blind. Here are a few tips to make your journey a little bit smoother.

Step 1: Know your body shape. Are you an Apple, Pear, Hourglass, or Rectangle?

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If you’re an Apple:

- You have broad shoulders, narrow hips, and slim legs.

- You’re also widest around your torso.

- Your abs and chest look larger compared to the rest of your body.

If you’re a Pear:

- You have a small bust, larger bum, and thicker thighs.

- Your hip measurement is greater than your bust measurement

If you’re an Hourglass:

- Your hip and bust measurements are practically equal in size.

- You have a narrow/defined waist.

- Your arms, chest, hips, and bum are larger compared to your waist.

If you’re a Rectangle:

- You’re straight up and down. There isn’t much variation in the measurements between your bust, waist, and hips.

 

Step 2: Once you’ve identified your shape, know which style of wedding dresses accentuates your best features.

Apples:

Look for…

V-neck and sweetheart necklines. They will draw attention upwards and away from your torso.

Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes. High waistlines and skirts that flow away from your body will elongate you, making you look slimmer.

Knee or tea length dresses if you want to show off your slim legs.

Avoid…

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll accentuate the widest part of you and flare at the slimmest.

Ballgowns. They won’t help elongate your body.

Straight across strapless necklines. They won’t accentuate your bust line.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Pears:

Look for…

One shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines. You’ll be able to balance out your shape by drawing attention to your upper body.

Ballgowns (maybe). With this, you’ll have to use your judgment. For some with hips that are just slightly wider than the shoulders, they can help disguise your larger bottom half. For those with hips that are more prominent, ballgowns can actually emphasize your hips and make them look even larger. I would encourage you to try it on and see how you feel about it.

A-line silhouettes. They’ll reduce attention from your bottom half because the skirt will flow away from your body.

Avoid…

Sheath dresses. They are too clingy for your body shape. You want dresses that flow away from your bottom half.

Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They’ll put the attention on your bottom half and that’s what we want to put less emphasis on.

Halter or High necklines. They’ll create a disproportionate look on you because these necklines will make your hips appear larger than they are.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Hourglasses:

Look for…

Sheath, Mermaid/Trumpet dresses. They will showcase your amazing curves perfectly.

Dresses that will accentuate your narrow waistline.

Avoid…

Empire waistlines. This high waistline won’t show off your narrow waist.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

Rectangles:

Look for…

Ballgowns. You can add curves with ballgowns because they’ll nip in your waist and the full skirt will flare and give the look of a fuller bottom.

Strapless, V-neck, or one shoulder necklines. These necklines will draw the attention towards your upper half and create the illusion of curves.

Empire waistlines. They’ll feature the smallest part of your torso to create a more defined waistline.

Avoid…

Halter or High necklines. They’ll make your shoulders look narrow and as result won’t flatter your waist.

Sheaths. They’ll make you look boxy.

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Photo credit: Kleinfeld Bridal

I hope these tips will be helpful to you in your search for the perfect dress! I have no doubt you will make everyone’s (especially your future husband’s) jaw drop to the floor when they see you walk down that aisle.

Until the next shopping trip… lots of fashionable love,

Lisa

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Comments 1

 
Amelia Traver on Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:08

Your wedding dress should be the most beautiful dress of all.

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Your wedding dress should be the most beautiful dress of all.

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