A Dress to Compliment Your Shape!

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Did you know that there are certain types of wedding dress that will complement your body shape better than others? From dresses that will help to show off your best assets, to dresses that will help you hide problem areas. This post will walk you through the basics of choosing a wedding dress to help complem... read more

Did you know that there are certain types of wedding dress that will complement your body shape better than others? From dresses that will help to show off your best assets, to dresses that will help you hide problem areas. This post will walk you through the basics of choosing a wedding dress to help complement your body shape.

Choosing a dress which complements your body shape will ensure you look picture-perfect on your wedding day. The right dress can help you highlight certain areas of your body, and take attention away from those areas which you might not want people focusing on. The most common body shapes for women include the Rectangle, the Pear, the Hourglass, and the Apple – which one sounds most like you?

The Rectangle

  • Rectangular shaped body
  • Your bust and shoulders are about the same width as your hip-line
  • You may appear shorter and heavier than you really are
  • You have little waist definition
  • Your waist measures from 1” to 8” smaller than the bust
  • You generally have an athletic body with toned arms
  • You have a smaller bust size and legs
  • Your body fat is normally distributed predominantly in the abdomen, the buttocks, the chest, and the face

Wedding Dress Tips for Rectangular Body Shapes
: To help give the illusion of a curvy figure, rectangular body shapes can make use of strapless dresses, V-necks, and one shoulder dresses. Mermaid dresses are also great for rectangular shapes as they draw attention towards the hem. Alternatively, you could use an empire style dress to show off the smallest part of your torso, or pick a dress with some detail around the waistline to create extra definition and draw attention.

Rectangular body shapes should steer clear of halter dresses and high neck dresses, as these will make your shoulders appear narrower.

The Apple

  • You have the appearance of being round, and slightly wide around the waistline
  • Your waistline lacks or has little waist definition
  • Your bust, waist and hips are very close in measurements
  • Your chest is large and bust for your frame
  • You carry most of your weight around your midsection
  • “Apples” usually have slim legs, hips, and bottom

Wedding Dress Tips for Apple Shaped Bodies
: A V-neck or sweetheart neckline dress are great ways for Apple shaped-bodies to draw attention upwards. You can also give the illusion of an elongated silhouette by using an Empire waistline dress, or an A-line silhouette dress. Drawing the attention away from your midriff can be great for Apple shaped bodies too, this can be done by using a knee or tea length dress.

Apple body shapes should avoid mermaid or trumpet dresses, as these would highlight the widest areas of your body and flare at the slimmest. Ball gowns are also best left alone if you have an Apple body shape, as these won’t do any justice to your figure.

The Pear

  • Triangular shaped body
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • You have narrow or sloping shoulders
  • Your bust and shoulders are proportionally narrower than your hip-line
  • Your thighs and possibly your bottom might be full and rounded
  • You carry most of your weight on your hips, thighs and bottom
  • “Pears” usually have a slender neck, shoulders, and a flat tummy

Wedding Dress Tips for Pear Shaped Bodies
: Pear shaped bodies look great in dresses which draw the attention away from the lower half of your body and up towards the top. This can be achieved with a one shoulder dress, bateau, scoop necklines, and V-neck dresses. Ball gowns and A-line style dresses are also great for reducing attention to the bottom half of your body.

Pear body shapes should avoid sheath dresses, and mermaid/trumpet dresses, as these all draw attention to the lower part of your body.

The Hourglass

  • Classic hourglass shape
  • Your bust and shoulders are the same width as your hips
  • You have a defined waist
  • When gaining weight, the fat is usually evenly distributed around your body
  • Your waist is 8” to 12” smaller than your hip or bust measurement
  • Your body looks proportionately curvy

Wedding Dress Tips for Hourglass Shaped Bodies: 
Hourglass figures work great with just about any type of dress, but to really give emphasis to your curves you should consider a mermaid, sheath, or ball gown.

Empire dresses are probably the least desirable dress for an hourglass shaped body, because they don’t emphasise the waistline as much as other styles.

These are just suggestions on which dresses best suit certain body shapes. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in the dress you pick. So even if I’ve said to avoid a certain type of dress for your body shape, if it feels right to you, and you feel comfortable in it – then go for it!

{Top Image by Laura Christin Photography}

 

Lou Pierson runs the Backless Wedding Dresses blog, where she blogs about everything to do with wedding dresses; from how to pick the perfect wedding dress, to the latest in wedding dress styles and variations, through to exercises that will ensure you look your absolute best in your wedding dress on your big day. Lou regularly updates her blog with guides and inspirational posts to help you with all of the difficult decisions that come about when you’re on the hunt for your wedding dress. You can connect with Lou on Google+.

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