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Selecting the perfect wedding dress takes time, patience and know-how. For some future brides, finding that one-of-a-kind gown takes up to several months. To narrow your search, you should have a generalized idea of the cut and style of wedding dress you wish to flaunt on your special day as well as your body... read more

Selecting the perfect wedding dress takes time, patience and know-how. For some future brides, finding that one-of-a-kind gown takes up to several months. To narrow your search, you should have a generalized idea of the cut and style of wedding dress you wish to flaunt on your special day as well as your body shape.

Most women fall into four shape categories; apple, pear, linear and hourglass. Features of apples typically have broad shoulders with narrow hips. They commonly are bigger on the top with a larger chest and stomach, and smaller on the bottom with slim hips. Women who are pear-shaped usually have a larger lower body and smaller upper body. Therefore, hips on a pear-shaped woman are slightly wider than their shoulders. Linear-shaped women are lean with long legs and the shoulder width is equal to the hip width. Many women with an hourglass figure have well-proportioned upper and lower bodies, with a distinctively narrow waist.

No matter what body figure, the gowns represented in 2011 are sure to make any bride look exquisite. The five popular wedding dress styles we will be seeing in 2011 are a-lines, ball gowns, sheaths, short and trumpet.
A-line
A-line wedding dresses hug the upper body and flare out from the waist to represent the letter A. The a-line silhouette re-proportions the body, drawing attention upwards towards the bust. There are several neck lines for this wedding dress style, but a strapless a-line with a V or scoop neck and a bit of detailing adds a greater slimming effect.

Ball Gown
Ball gowns are en-visionary of a princess wedding gown. This style dress has a tightly fitted bodice and a full skirt. Slightly taller brides with full hips often choose this gown to cover any areas they feel are an imperfection.

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Sheath
Sheath style wedding gowns embrace the body and lack a waistline. The gown drops from the shoulders to the floor. The silhouette often has a short or detachable train.

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Short
Short style wedding dresses are more informal than longer gowns. Typically, the dress falls around the knee and is more popular for destination, outdoor or casual weddings. Many brides also opt for a dress change mid-reception – from a long elegant gown to a short sophisticated dress.

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Trumpet
Trumpet wedding gowns are much like a mermaid silhouette, lined with a tight bodice and a wide bottom, flaring out just above the knee. This style gown hugs the true curves of the body and creates a very slimming silhouette that will lengthen the entire body.

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With these gown options, almost any body type can find a dress that is flattering to their form. When you begin shopping, remember to try on dresses in different styles as you never know what will spark your interest further and highlight your best features.

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