Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Choosing a wedding dress for your body type

It's not the easiest thing in the world to find a dress you love and one that accentuates your assets, but it is possible. The following are tips to help you find the dress that's perfect for your body type:

If you have a triangle shape (your hips are wider than your bust and shoulders), the goal is to minimize your lower body and make your upper body appear wider. Do this by:
  • Creating height with an elongated waistline.
  • Wearing full sleeves to create the appearance of wider shoulders.
  • Drawing the eye up by choosing a decorative bodice or details at the neckline.
  • Staying away from bulky or straight skirts.

If you have a reverse triangle shape (your upper body is wider than your lower body), the goal is to highlight lower body width. Do this by:

  • Wearing a simple bodice and/or unadorned sleeves which will minimize your upper body width.
  • Staying away from high necklines and narrow skirts.
  • Selecting a detailed skirt to draw the eye downward.
  • Creating additional height with an elongated waistline; one example is a dropwaist dress.

If you have an hourglass shape (larger bust and hips, small waist), the goal is to find balance. Do this by:
  • Avoiding high necklines and waistlines.
  • Highlighting your small waist with a fitted waistline.
  • Wearing soft gathered skirts; they conceal your hips and draw attention to your waistline. A-line dresses work well, too.
  • Using details wisely. Bodice details like lace or beading will draw the eye upward and highlight the upper body.
If you have a rectangle shape, (long and narrow without a strongly defined waist), the goal is to highlight width and avoid long, vertical lines. Do this by wearing:
  • Sleeves that bring the eye outward.
  • An open neckline or off the shoulder dress which will broaden your shoulder line.
  • A full skirt with horizontal details. For instance, you can include a horizontal trim from the waistline to the hem.
  • A dress with a fitted waist as opposed to high or drop waists.
For more tips, check out our source: How to choose a wedding dress

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