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While I firmly believe that any bride can pull off any type of gown, feeling flawless in your dress is one of the most important aspects of blooming on the big day. Before you go to a bridal appointment, it is a good idea to have an idea of your general measurements and what type of style flatters you. It is also important to trust your gut and make sure that no matter what dress you end up with, you feel confident and can’t wait to walk down the aisle. If you don’t know where to start, you have come to the right place! Here are some tips and tricks for finding the gown of your dreams.
Dresses for Petite Brides:
If you consider yourself a petite bride, you may want to look for a top that highlights your natural waist and extends to show off your slim figure. Especially if you are working with a smaller chest or less curves, a top with ruching may be beneficial to add extra texture to create more curves. More specifically, you may want to look for a mermaid or trumpet style dress. This type of gown hugs at the midsection and flares at the shirt which can add length. Additionally, you may want to look for a sheath or column style. This is a dress that is designed so that the seam runs vertically from the shoulders down to the hips. They are simple and elegant as well as light weighted, so they are perfect for outdoor or summer weddings.
Dresses for full-chested and hourglass brides:
If your hips and and chest are nearly equal in size and you have a defined waist, you most likely have an hourglass shape. For this body type, having a fit and flare design can complement your body perfectly. More specifically, an A-line or sweetheart neckline may be the perfect balance to highlight all of your fabulous curves and hide the things you may not want to show off. Additionally, you may choose to complement having a larger chest with a gradual flare skirt. If this is more your style, you may want to consider a ball gown, a dress with a very fitted top and a full skirt. Ball gowns suit many body types and can flatter all types of brides. Finally, Trumpet and mermaid dresses can be perfect for an hourglass shape as they accentuate all highlights of an hourglass body such as the waistline and hips.
Dresses for athletic body types:
If you consider yourself to have more of an athletic body shape, you may want to look for a dress that makes you feel more feminine. This type of body typically has a sleek figure, waist, hips and shoulders are all generally the same width as well as a rectangular or straight shape. If this sounds like you, you will probably want a dress that shows off the curves you do have. For example, you may want a dress that is halter, racerback or strapless. Additionally, you will probably want to go for a form fitting wedding gown or a fit and flare curve to accentuate your figure. You also may want a dress that is body hugging but not too tight to ensure that you feel comfortable during the big day. No matter which style of dress you choose, it is essential to make sure that you feel beautiful.
Dresses for Pear body types:
If you consider yourself to have a larger waist or rounded hips and thighs, you may have a pear shaped body. With that being said, you may want to choose a dress that emphasizes a small waist and bust and does not cling to your hips, such as one with a unique top that clinches at your waist and a skirt that gradually flows away from your body. It may also be a good idea to add sleeves or a fancy neckline. Additionally, if you are trying to hide your hips, stay away from extreme fit-and-flares. On the other hand, if you are more comfortable showing off your hips, you can choose a dress with a more fitted skirt. In general, it may be a good idea to avoid tight fitting skirts and draw attention to the upper part of your body. Of course, as with any body type, it is whatever dress that you feel the best in that you should choose!
In general, the A line style is universally the easiest dress to pull off. It may look simple or boring to some brides, but it is a great way to guarantee you will look perfectly put together on your big day.
At the end of the day, it is imperative to know that every bride is beautiful and can pull off any dress they choose. Although these suggestions may generally flatter one specific body type, anyone can flaunt a dress that they feel their best in. Whether you are planning for years ahead or coming up to the big day, your wedding dress should make you feel the best type of way.
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