Updated: May 5
Every soon-to-be bride wants to look like a princess on the big day so knowing your body type is crucial. It’s important to keep in mind that you want a dress that will accentuate or conceal certain areas so that not only do you look great but you feel just as great. Here are some tips on how to find a dress that flatters your figure, no matter your shape!
If you have the hourglass shape that means your shoulder and hips are relatively the same size and you have a defined waist. The best bridal gown silhouettes for this body type would be:
Ball Gown- The structured bodice will accentuate your waist and create an ultra feminine look.
Mermaid/ Trumpet- Fitted more so from the top to upper or mid thigh will highlight your jaw dropping curves.
Sheath-With a streamlined shape, this style will be sure to emphasize everything equally and in a modest way.
If your hips are wider than your shoulders, these are the go to dress shapes for you:
A-Line- As implied in the name, the “A” aspect of the dress angles gently away from the body to hide your hips slightly.
Ball Gown- Similar to the A-Line, you want to choose a ball gown that has a natural waist and a skirt that flow away from the hips so as not to draw undue attention to your hips.
Short Dresses- You have some flexibility here since it can either be a flowing sheath or a fitted bodice, a shorter hemline can help show off all the right areas.
The Inverted Triangle
This body type as suggested is when your shoulders are wider than you hips; the following are best suited for this figure:
Mermaid/Trumpet- will help to give you a little more in the hip area to balance out those strong and shapely shoulders.
Short Dresses- Paired with some fabulous heels, a shorter hemline will draw attention to your lower half (and legs) which will in turn level out your top half.
Ball Gown- Essentially this dress type seems to work for every figure thus far, but the ball gown here in this instance again can help you “fake” what you don’t have on the bottom.
Women with shoulders, waist and hips being equal can choose from these options of dresses that will help to “create”:
Short Dresses- You can basically “create” curves with a fitted bodice or flowing sheath paired with the shorter hemline.
A-Line- Again, can “create” that hourglass waistline if it cinches slightly and then flows outward.
Sheath- If you aim for a more bias-cut in a very soft fabric that flows, it will also “create” curves in the right areas.
The Round and Curvy
Women who have a fuller, rounder figure do best to focus on the fit of the dress:
Ball gown- Although, avoid this if you are bit on the shorter side, you don’t want to appear as a cream puff!
Empire waist- Quite fitted in the bust area then flares out beautifully
Goddess/One shoulder- Another option that stay snug under the bust and flows out skimming the body nicely.
Tip: Asymmetrical ruching in the right areas can help give the appearance of a narrower waist if that is your goal.
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