How To Choose The Right Wedding Dress For Your Body Shape

January 1, 2016

Everybody is different when it comes to finding the right wedding dress. Different body shapes and preferences in what an appropriate dress should be can come into play when you’re dress shopping. If you’re not sure where to begin or what type of dress would suit your body type, you’ve come to the right place for information. We’ve broken down individual body type categories to help you find what types of dresses work best for your figure and how they’ll accentuate your shape to make you feel the most beautiful on your big day.

 

Hourglass Figure

 

Many women fall into this category. An hourglass figure is one that has a large chest and hips with a well defined waist line. Some women refer to this as a very curvy figure. If this is you, an A-Line dress would be the most appropriate. The A-Line dress will help accentuate all of the right curves on your body and will make you look tall and slender. It’s best to avoid a ball gown shaped dress as it will accentuate your upper body size and will expand below that, making you seem large and “puffy” like a marshmallow.

 

Full Figured

 

A full figured woman is one who has some weight on their stomach, a full rear, and large breasts. For someone who considers themselves “full figured,” a ball gown is probably the best option to go with. A ball gown helps cover up some of the weight that you may have and helps accentuates the nice upper body you’ve got going on. And as always, an A-Line gown looks good on just about everybody, so if you can’t find a gown that suits, go with the traditional A-Line route. A bit of caution though; avoid spaghetti strapped stresses.

 

Pear Shaped

 

Pear shaped bodies are just what they sound like. Similar to an actual pear, they are skinny and small on the top half, but larger on the bottom. When buying wedding dresses for a pear shaped body, keep in mind that it’s a good idea to try and hide the waist as much as possible. This can be achieved with a ball gown, which will hug the top half of the body and accentuate the bust, all while concealing the heavier bottom half.

 

Everybody is different when it comes to finding the right wedding dress. Different body shapes and preferences in what an appropriate dress should be can come into play when you’re dress shopping. If you’re not sure where to begin or what type of dress would suit your body type, you’ve come to the right place for information. We’ve broken down individual body type categories to help you find what types of dresses work best for your figure and how they’ll accentuate your shape to make you feel the most beautiful on your big day.

 

Hourglass Figure

 

Many women fall into this category. An hourglass figure is one that has a large chest and hips with a well defined waist line. Some women refer to this as a very curvy figure. If this is you, an A-Line dress would be the most appropriate. The A-Line dress will help accentuate all of the right curves on your body and will make you look tall and slender. It’s best to avoid a ball gown shaped dress as it will accentuate your upper body size and will expand below that, making you seem large and “puffy” like a marshmallow.

 

Full Figured

 

A full figured woman is one who has some weight on their stomach, a full rear, and large breasts. For someone who considers themselves “full figured,” a ball gown is probably the best option to go with. A ball gown helps cover up some of the weight that you may have and helps accentuates the nice upper body you’ve got going on. And as always, an A-Line gown looks good on just about everybody, so if you can’t find a gown that suits, go with the traditional A-Line route. A bit of caution though; avoid spaghetti strapped stresses.

 

Pear Shaped

 

Pear shaped bodies are just what they sound like. Similar to an actual pear, they are skinny and small on the top half, but larger on the bottom. When buying wedding dresses for a pear shaped body, keep in mind that it’s a good idea to try and hide the waist as much as possible. This can be achieved with a ball gown, which will hug the top half of the body and accentuate the bust, all while concealing the heavier bottom half.

 

Small/Short

 

Lastly, if you’re in the small category, it’s a good idea to avoid anything that may topple you over. This includes ball gowns. If possible, try and stick to things like an A-Line dress or simple empire dress that will accentuate all parts of your body without causing you to struggle on your feet on your big day. Small and short doesn’t necessarily mean thin though. Thin figures can always benefit from a gown as without anything to really accentuate, it’s best to create a bit of volume by adding a large gown at the bottom.

 

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