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Wedding Dresses for Every Body: How to Find Your Perfect Silhouette

posted: 03/24/18
by: TLCme
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There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when shopping for your dream dress: time of year, vibe of your wedding and budget, just to name a few. The most important piece, however, is figuring out which dress shape, or silhouette, is best for your body type. While you may have dreamed of walking down the aisle in a princess ballgown, you may find that isn't the most flattering. It can be discouraging to go into a bridal appointment with a vision in your head that doesn't translate in real life, so educate yourself on which dress silhouette works best for your body and feel absolutely beautiful on your wedding day!

If You Are Petite:
Small brides' frames can get easily overwhelmed by fabric-heavy gowns like ball-gown or A-lines. Sticking to dresses that have slightly more structure, like a fit-to-flare or sheath, work best to show off their figures.

If You Are Curvy:
Whether you're trying to show off your curves or minimize them, there are plenty of silhouettes for you! Accentuate your curves with a fit-to-flare or trumpet dress for a sexy look. Or, try a drop-waist ball gown for a lengthening effect. Another trick? Dresses with belts or beading on the bodice draw the eye inward and create a slimming effect at the waist.

If You Are Pear-Shaped:
Having a pear shape means that your hips are wider than your shoulders. One of the best silhouettes for this body type is an empire gown - a dress with a high waist and flowy skirt. They sit beautifully over wider hips making it a very flattering choice. Another great option is an A-line gown. A-lines have a fitted bodice and flowing skirt, which allow the hips and shoulders to balance out.

If You Are Broad-Shouldered:
Many women's shoulders are broader than their hips - this can also be called inverted triangle body type. Ball gowns are ideal for these brides as they accentuate the bust, arms and shoulders and minimize the waist. Fit-to-flares also work well for this body type, since they hug the curves of the body.

If You Are Long and Lean:
Honestly, you're lucky! Most dresses were created with a model figure in mind, so the world is your oyster when it comes to dress silhouettes. That said, if you're trying to create the illusion of more curves, we suggest going with a fitted sheath gown.


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