Monday, January 14, 2013

27 (or 27 million) dresses.

Ahh, the dress. How many TV shows are there now on picking the perfect wedding dress? Say Yes to the Dress, Girl Meets Gown, I Found the Gown, Wedding Dress Wars...

Believe it or not, I don't watch any of these shows. I'm not sure why, but I've just never enjoyed watching them as much as I have enjoyed reading bridal magazines or surfing through Pinterest boards.

In a previous post, I talked about ordering my wedding dress and included 10 tips for dress shopping. Today I am going to share some wedding dress styles that are flattering on different body types. Every body (and girl) is different,  so this is meant to be a loose guideline. It's something you might consider if you're shopping for a dress and are interested in knowing what may look good (or not so good) on your body.

Hourglass-shaped women typically have equally-sized hips and busts with narrower waists. Select a dress that shows off your sexy curves. Low-drop waists and mermaid (fit and flare) styles will accentuate your curves. You might also consider choosing a dress with a ruched bodice to highlight your narrow waist.

Apple-shaped women generally have broader shoulders and busts, with little to no waist definition. Weight is largely distributed among the abdomen. Look for a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of your waistline, then flares out into a gradual A-line. Opt for a bodice with texture such as ruching or lace. This helps to camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset-like effect. Consider a deep V or sweetheart neckline.

Large Bust
Look for a dress with a scoop neck which will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. For a strapless dress, consider a sweetheart neckline rather than one that goes straight across. Avoid fabrics with sheen up top, which will add more volume.

Pear-shaped women generally have fuller hips, thighs, and bottoms, with smaller chests. Look for a skirt that gradually flares out into an A from the natural waist to the floor. This will highlight your narrow waist and then flow away from the hips and thighs. Consider sturdier fabrics that are less likely to cling.

Straight or banana-shaped women have waist measurements that are less than 9" smaller than the hip or bust, making a typical ruler/straight shape. Find a dress that lengthens your torso and gives you some curves. The mermaid (fit and flare) or ballgown is a great way to create curves. Other things to consider are ruffles, which helps create the illusion of shape.

If you're petite, consider wearing a shorter length! Shorter girls can typically pull off higher hemlines than taller girls can. Avoid tea length dresses though, which shorten the appearance of your legs. Consider empire waists which make the lower half of your dress appear longer, and make you appear taller.

Small Bust
Some people say girls with small busts should avoid daring necklines, but I disagree. I think girls with smaller busts can pull off plunging v-necks, as they will be able to do so without seeming too provocative. If this is too daring for you, consider a neckline that goes straight across, which emphasizes the chest. Choosing a dress with extra fabric and texture up top will also help create curves.

Look for a simple, but classy silhouette. Consider a lower waistline, to balance your proportions. Women with longer necks and more height in the décolletage look beautiful in lace detail! Think: lace sleeves, lace backs, backless, off-the-shoulder, halters, etc. 

Again, this is just a guideline, so don't be afraid to do your own thing and try different styles! You never know what something will look like until you put it on! 

the Bride


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