Having a hard time selecting a wedding gown? Choosing what to wear on your wedding really isn’t easy, but your difficulty might be because you haven’t found the style that flatters your body and gives you your ideal look. Let us help with this brief guide.
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Looking more slender: An A-line or princess gown can make you look more slender by giving you the appearance of a higher waistline. Other features that would flatter your figure are vertical panels on the bodice or a scooped neckline.
Adding more volume: If you find yourself too thin, you will look more plump if you wear a gown made in heavy fabrics like velvet and satin. Wear narrow sleeves or a more gathered waistline to heighten the effect.
For wide hips: If you want to highlight your waist and upper body, choose a gown with details on the bodice, such as lace or beading. If, however, you want to de-emphasize your hips, you can disguise it with a ball gown or a dress with flared skirt.
For a short waist: A drop waist bodice (such as in an A-line gown or a mermaid gown) can give the appearance of an elongated waist. To hide a short waist, the bodice has to be fitted on top but gradually open up to the skirt.
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If you have an ample bustline: To accentuate the bust, wearing an empire dress is recommended. You can also have the same effect with boat or a V neckline. On the flip side, wearing a gown with a high neckline is the traditional way to de-emphasize a busty figure.
If you have a pear-shaped body: If you want to cover your lower half and highlight your upper body, the best gown for you is probably a strapless ball gown. Your bottom will also look more proportioned with an off-the-shoulder neckline.
Appearing taller: Sheath, A-line and trumpet gowns are your top choices, and it would help too if you wear a gown with a high neckline and a waistline higher than your natural waist. Keep the sleeves to a minimum and wear long gloves to make your body appear elongated.
Looking less tall: Now if you don’t want to look towering on your wedding day, wear a gown with a drop waist and a floor-sweeping hem. Also choose dresses with a bit of trim or ruffles in order to de-emphasize your legs, but be careful not to look cutesy. Open and low necklines will suit your figure.
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For slim and petite brides: A sheath gown is probably best if you have a slim and petite body as the cut makes the body long and lean. A trumpet gown may also look good. Avoid voluminous skirts and large details such as bows.
For plus-sized brides: Larger women will also look good in an A-line gown or an empire gown that has a flowing skirt that starts just under the bust. Avoid body-fit gowns but don’t wear something too loose as well. Wear light fabrics like chiffon and silk shantung, and avoid clingy ones like crepe and jersey.
Choosing your gown can be a great fun – and it most often is – and it shouldn’t be difficult if you know even just the basic styles that suit your body. Wearing the right cut and design for your body will highlight your best features and make you comfortable, and that’s the key to looking gorgeous on your wedding day.
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