Finding The Right Wedding Dress For Your Body Type
The wedding dress of your dreams – perhaps you’ll spot it when flipping through magazines, carousing through blogs or passing by a store window. You’ll try it on and perhaps it will look like it was made specifically for you . . . or perhaps it just won’t fit quite right as it hugs all the wrong places. The key to feeling comfortable, confident and beautiful on your wedding day is finding a dress that compliments your body type.
If you’re top-half is thicker than your bottom (otherwise known as “apple shaped”), find a dress that pinches the smallest part of your torso and subtly flairs out, like an A-line or ball gown silhouette. Emphasize your chest-area with lace or bedazzlement, and don’t be afraid to “take the plunge” and sport a neckline that displays cleavage. A V-shaped neckline will also help to minimize broad shoulders if desired. Sleeves are also effective at this, though steer clear of those that are puffy. Depending on the formality of the affair, also consider showing off your lovely gams with a flirty hemline that falls around the knee.
If you are thicker around your bottom-half (otherwise known as “pear shaped”), pick a dress that is tighter around the chest and stomach and that naturally billows out from the hip. Look for fabrics that will easily flair out rather than cling to your thighs. To draw attention to your upper-half, opt for thin straps, halter cut or a V-neck design. For your lower half, look designs that incorporate diagonals, as this will have slimming effects. When choosing bridal jewelry, favor simple designs that will delicately contrast with the statement-making skirt.
If you have a fuller build, favor dresses with an empire waist on which the skirt naturally falls right below the bust. Look for a cut that is form-fitting and structured without being overly tight, as a looser look will venture dangerously into the territory of maternity wear. The bottom half should hang loosely with little flair; the vertical lines will be flattering by adding the appearance of height. Keep in mind that you want your chest to sit comfortably and naturally, so select a neckline that dips slightly rather than one that stretches straight across, as it will look like your breasts are struggling to burst out. Move around in the garment before buying it so you make sure that it fits properly and you won’t have to worry about the “ladies” spilling forth. An effective way to minimize the chest area is to wear sleeves or a one-shouldered frock that cuts diagonally.
Women with an hourglass figure (voluptuous breasts and hips with a tiny waist) will find many cuts flattering, especially those with a lower waist that you should accentuate with embellishments or color. A two-piece wedding dress has a similar effect that allows you to play up your equalized curves. It is wise to steer clear of any dresses that emphasize one section over the other, as this can create a visual imbalance that is unflattering.
If you a rectangular, straight up-and-down body, you will want to play up your curves – this means cleavage and perhaps using fabric folding or accents to emphasize your bodice. Additionally, a beautified waistline will help to create definition and emphasize your femininity. Favor wedding dresses that hug your curves and has minimal flair, like a sheath style. If you do want your skirt to have a bit of a flow, consider either a dress that flairs near the knee or one with a higher waistline and a skirt with multiple tiers to help to create shape, though this latter look is better suited for women with tall frames that won’t be overwhelmed by the layers. For petite ladies who want to add the appearance of height, look for dresses that have continuously up-and-down lines, like a mermaid gown or dress with a higher waistline to elongate the legs. Additionally, stick to simple fabric embellishments, as a continuous pattern and color will allow the eye to easily travel up-and-down the body.
As you’re trying on one wedding dress after the next, don’t become discouraged. There is no such thing as a single definition of beauty. It truly comes in all shapes-and-sizes and it is all about finding the dress that makes you feel sexy and glow with self-assurance as you float down the aisle.
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