Wondering how to shop for wedding dresses for your body type? Consider the following questions:
Which silhouettes work for my frame? Start with some easy pointers:
Choose a corset and/or fit-and-flare gown that shapes and flatters your natural curves.
If a ballgown strikes your fancy, opt for a structured bodice and full skirt.
A sweetheart neckline complements your shape nicely.
Ruching, wrapping, and embellishment in the bodice helps play up your décolletage.
Elongate your torso with a V-neck style.
Look taller in half- and three-quarter-length sleeves.
Choose an empire- or natural-waisted gown to avoid looking “scrunched up” or bottom-heavy.
Avoid super slim-fitting sheath gowns that tend to gather around the waist.
Disguise your tummy and hips with an A-line or ballgown silhouette.
Opt for visual interest at the chest and waistline with an embellished bodice.
TALL AND SLENDER:
Choose something pretty and understated—not too showy.
Create an air of statuesque beauty with an elegant sheath style.
Create a sexy silhouette with a fit-and-flare or slim A-line.
Work with angles: a unique neckline, swirls of beading and embellishment, and a tiered skirt add visual interest to your gown.
Show off your toned arms and shoulders with a halter top or strapless style.
A halter neckline helps support your chest.
A sweetheart neckline follows your curves naturally.
More elements to consider when finding the perfect gown for your body type:
What makes me feel comfortable for my day job? What makes me feel sexy for a special occasion?
It’s a delicate balance: you want to feel like yourself on your big day without playing it too safe. Think about dress styles and aesthetics that make you feel like the best version of yourself—elegant and sophisticated, but still true to your individual personality.
Think about beauty routines that make you feel confident. Does a structured updo make you feel fit for the occasion, or do natural waves help you go with the flow? Do accessories elevate your look or distract from it? Does the thought of wearing heels make you want to dance all night or bail on the situation entirely? Clues like these help you find a dress that fits your body type, personal style, and vision for your big day.
Can I let go of my insecurities and listen to feedback from my close friends and family?
Every bride has things she likes and doesn’t like about her body. It’s important to find a dress that fits your personality and preferences, but don’t let your inner critic take over in the process. We’re willing to bet your loved ones, most importantly your sweetheart, have a much more forgiving perception of your gorgeous features than you do.
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