“My hips are too wide!” Sharon calls out to her mother as she tries on the tenth wedding dress that afternoon. Like Sharon, many women worry about finding a dress that will flatter their figure on their wedding day. This article will tell you how to flatter your figure with a smashing wedding dress, no matter what your body assets and flaws may be.
The Hourglass Figure (full hips and bust with small waist): Showing off your shoulders is a great idea for this type of woman. Look for v-neck, off the shoulder, or strapless wedding dresses. Too much detail can make you look larger than you actually are, so stick with classic styles such as menmaid or sheaths. It is recommended that these women stay away from wedding dresses that have very detailed bodices, high necks, sleeves, or puffy, ruffle, or full skirts.
The Triangle (full on bottom, small on top): These women will want to avoid wedding dresses with very puffy skirts, set-in sleeves, and skirts with side panels because these dress features will emphasize the lower half of the body too much. Instead, these women should work on emphasizing their upper half, so that they look balanced. Elaborate bodices decorated with lace and beadwork and full or puff sleeves are good ways to draw attention to your upper half.
Proportional(minimal waist definition, hips and bust are pretty equivalent): These women must create curves with their wedding dress. Selecting a dress with puff or full sleeves will give your top half some definition. Detailed bodices can give your upper half some extra definition, but try to find a bodice with horizontal rather than vertical decoration. This will enhance a curvier look. Full skirts with beadwork or lace will give your bottom half some definition. As with the bodice, try to find a skirt with horizontal decoration to it.
Women lacking curves will want to stay away from form fitting wedding gowns because these dresses will make you appear too thin.
Upside-down Triangle(full on top, small on the bottom): These women want to emphasize their waists to achieve a balanced look. Avoid slim skirts, very detailed bodices, and full sleeves. Look for simpler bodices with little to moderate amounts of decoration. To emphasize your lower half, look for a wedding dress that has a full, detailed skirt.
Petite:Petite women should look for full skirts with little detail. Vertical pleating, simple sleeves, and Basque waistlines will help elongate the body.
Thick waist:Women with thick waists should consider getting a wedding dress with an empire waistline, which slims the waist’s appearance.
Shopping for a wedding dress that flatters your figure doesn’t have to be torture. Use these guidelines when you shop for your wedding dress; you might just be pleasantly surprised.
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