Every bride-to-be wants to look her best on her wedding day. Not only is this a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event, but everyone is going to be watching her and snapping hundreds of photos. Talk about stressful! But with the right dress, you can smile confidently, because you know you will look slim and chic in every photo.
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Identify Your Body Shape
Knowing your body shape is important, because you need to learn how to emphasize the right places and hide your not-so-flattering parts. Many ‘experts’ claim you can identify your body shape by examining your body in front of a mirror, but that’s not true! The results are more accurate when your measure your bust, waist and hip using a tape measure and then keying in the results into a body shape calculator (http://www.shopyourshape.com/calculate-your-body-shape/). Most women fall into one of these four figures.
The rectangle-shaped women has the same measurements from the bust down to her hips, hence she is considered symmetrical. Although lacking curves, she is blessed with a graceful neck, shapely shoulders and toned arms. Brides with such a figure look great in a gown that creates some curves and flaunts their neck, shoulders and arms.
Celebrity Example: Nicole Kidman
Bust: 86 cm
Waist: 61 cm
Hips: 89 cm
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The apple-shaped woman has a full upper torso, but a smaller lower half. Her most remarkable features are her shapely shoulders, full bust and slender legs, so brides with this figure will need to find a gown that balances her top and bottom half. Given that apples tend to gain weight around her waist, a plus-sized apple may look better in a dress that hides her thick midriff.
Celebrity Example: Kate Upton
Bust: 97 cm
Waist: 66 cm
Hips: 94 cm
The pear-shaped woman is the opposite of her apple-shaped sister. She has a narrow upper body and a much wider bottom half. Her greatest assets are her slim arms and narrow waist. Brides with this figure should find a dress that balances out their top half while de-emphasizing their round bottom. So, gowns with sleeves, embellished bodices, band details, belts, sashes and detailed necklines are all very flattering.
Celebrity Example: Michelle Obama
Bust: 91 cm
Waist: 71 cm
Hips: 99 cm
The hourglass-shaped woman has a narrow waist dividing her proportionate top and bottom halves. Her most defining feature is also her greatest asset. Brides with this figure look fabulous when their gown draws attention to their waist, but when they wear any gown that hides their waist, they look like a rectangle.
Celebrity Example: Solveig Mork Hansen
Bust: 91 cm
Waist: 61 cm
Hip: 91 cm
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Pick the Right Dress
You don’t have to be all laced up in a tight corset to look good! Simply picking one of these lovely gowns is good enough. They are what every bride hopes for – a dress that is stylish, slimming and comfortable. Read on to find out which of these beautiful designs is the one for you!
Grecian Wedding Dress
A Grecian wedding dress is timeless piece characterized by a soft, straight skirt that makes any bride appear taller and slimmer. Choosing one that has an empire waist – a waistline that ends just below the bust – helps to conceal unwanted bulges or the lack of curves. As the bodice is designed to flaunt the shoulders, neck and arms, it a good choice for apple- and rectangle-shaped brides. Pear- and hourglass-shaped women can still pull off this look, but they need a gown with a longer bodice or one ending at their natural waistline.
Princess Wedding Dress
A princess wedding dress has a fitted bodice and a gentle flaring A-line skirt. A smooth curved line running down the back of the bodice to the skirt slims down the any bride and makes her appear taller. This particular style is flattering for the apple- and rectangle-shaped bride, because the way the bodice joins to the skirt creates the illusion of a slim waistline. Pear- and hourglass-shaped brides have to make sure the bodice emphasizes their natural waist when they want to wear this gown. They will look much better in a dropped waist princess wedding gown compared to one with a shorter bodice.
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A-Line Wedding Dress
An A-Line wedding dress has a bodice that is fitted all the way down to your hips, thus it emphasizes your waist. The skirt, which is joined to the bodice, flares out to form a triangular shape similar to the capital “A”. It suits any body shape. The basic design draws attention to the natural waist, which makes it a lovely choice for pear- and hourglass-shaped brides. The narrow waist created where the bodice joins to the skirt will also create the illusion of a waist for any rectangle-shaped bride. Apple-shaped brides need to find a gown that has a higher waistline and fuller skirt to camouflage her thick midriff.
Ballgown Wedding Dress
A ballgown wedding dress has a closely fitted bodice that ends around the waist or hip area. A bell-shaped skirt flares out underneath it. The volume is created by either wearing a hoop skirt or layers of crinoline beneath the actual skirt. Despite having such a dramatic skirt, the dress actually accentuates the waist, making it another great choice for the pear- and hourglass-shaped brides. The rectangle-shaped brides also benefit from this style, because the tighter waist makes them look curvier. Shorter brides may have to opt for a less dramatic skirt so they won’t appear shorter than they really are.
Mermaid Wedding Dress
A mermaid dress is one of the sexiest gowns you can find. The bodice hugs your figure all the way to the knees before flaring out to form the characteristic fish-tail. However, the tight-fitting nature of the bodice is rather unforgiving, because every bulge is emphasized and a disproportionate figure becomes more obvious. Thus, only hourglass- or rectangle-shaped brides can pull off this look. But, unlike her curvy sister, the rectangle-shaped bride needs her skirt flares out at the right place to create the illusion of curves.
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Naturally, you want to look your best on your wedding day. This is why you need to embrace your God-given figure. Understanding your assets and your more unflattering features is the best way to find a gown that will make your look fabulous from every angle.
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