Wedding Gown for Your Body Type

Dec 7, 2007 by

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Choosing your wedding gown is probably the most exciting part about planning your wedding. What women doesn’t enjoy being fussed over and made pretty by doting bridal shop owners? As with any major purchase, however, don’t plunk your money down without knowing exactly what kind of gown to get.

Find out what style flatters your figure before you decide on a particular gown. Wearing a wedding dress that has the right cut for your body type will downplay your worst features while highlighting your assets.

Plus-sized brides should stay away from mermaid styles, a body-hugging dress that flares from the knee or above the knee. If you have a large body type, you will look wonderful in an A-line or empress wedding dress. Avoid clingy fabric like jersey and crepe, and bulky fabric like heavy satin and velvet, as this will make you look even bigger. Choose a dress made out of chiffon, silk shantung, or light-weight satin.

Pear-shaped brides will look gorgeous in a strapless ball gown that covers your lower half and highlights your torso. A dress with an off-shoulder neckline will also make your top look proportionate to your bottom. Unflattering cuts include sheaths and a v-neck, which will draw attention where you don’t want it.

Very skinny and petite brides will tend to look dwarfed in ornate ball-gown type dresses. Instead, opt for a princess-line silhouette that’s fitted at the bodice and opens up to a full skirt. This will draw out your figure elegantly. Try a halter neckline or a portrait if you’re comfortable with your shoulders.

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