Wedding dresses to fit your body shape
Posted on July 3rd, 2012
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See below to find the perfect wedding dress to suit your body shape.
A pear body shape is characterised by a larger hip and bottom area, compared to a slender top half and small bust.
- A strapless dress with a nipped-in waist and A-line skirt is your ideal style.
- Draw attention to your top half using spaghetti straps and halter necks.
- Stay away from tiered, fishtail and sheath styles as they will make your hips look bigger.
An apple body shape typically has a thick stomach and waist area, which can make the torso look rounded or straight up and down.
- An empire-line style with a ruched waistband will create a high waistline under your bust, making your body look longer and slimmer, if you have fuller chest area this style would not be suitable.
- Look for dresses with an inner corset that cinches in at the smallest point on your waistline, flaring out into a gradual A-shape.
- A deep V-neck will create a flattering, vertical line.
- Trumpet-style dresses will work against your body shape; they emphasise the area where you’re widest and flare out at the legs and knees – where you’re slimmest.
An hourglass body shape is the most desired female form and one that fashion designers most often think of when they are creating an outfit or dress. Your bust and hips are in proportion (the same size) and you have a narrow waist.
- An A-line dress with a slightly longer torso will show off your balanced figure if you’re slim, while curvier hourglasses look great in styles that emphasise the waist.
- Look for dresses with scoop, V and square-necks to support a big bust.
- As your top and bottom halves are already balanced, avoid adding weight (i.e. large bows).
- Look for a big sash or bow right at the waistline, or if you want embellishment on the gown itself, opt for pretty detailing at the bottom of the skirt, instead.
An inverted triangle body shape has shoulders that are wider than the hips, creating an upside-down triangle shape.
- Thick straps, deep Vs and loose sleeves all help broad shoulders look smaller.
- Scoop or V-necked styles will make large chest areas more in proportion.
- Balance your wider top half with an A-line or ballgown skirt.
- A sheath dress can show off slim hips, but you’ll need a shoulder and bust-slimming top half to balance out your shape.
- Stay away from puffed sleeves, halternecks and off-the-shoulder styles as they will make your shoulders look broader.
- If you do want to cover your arms, look for dresses that are slim-fitting and in a delicate lacy material.