When it comes to wedding dresses you should definitely choose one that is right for you body type.

Sometimes the type of dress we just love and dream of is just not right for our body… and since we want to look our absolute best on our big day, make sure you choose one that is right for you- you’ll look even better because the dress will fit your body perfectly.

Here are some helpful hints from Favorideas.com

The Full-Figured Bride

If you’re a full-figured woman, the best silhouette is the A-line style. A-line style lengthens the whole body without drawing attention to your waistline. The empire waist is another good choice. The empire is narrowest just below the bust, which conceals your waist and hips.

Many plus-sized girls tend to purchase wedding gowns that cover a lot of skin. If religion isn’t an issue, don’t be afraid to show some skin. Skin is sexy, and showing your arms and neckline can often make you appear slimmer.

Deep V-necks and scoop necks flatter curvy figures, and always look best on full-figured women.

The Petite Bride

A-line wedding dresses are also flattering on petite women. As we stated earlier, this style lengthens the body. Sheaths seem to shorten a small body even more, so petite women should avoid sheath-style wedding dresses. Also steer clear of very full skirts, which will make you look ‘bottom heavy’. You want to keep your wedding dress proportionate to your body.

Be careful with strapless gowns — a petite woman may have to lift her arms to reach up to her new husband (can you say ‘wardrobe malfunction’?). A cap sleeve gives the feeling of a strapless gown, and also serves the practical purpose of holding the gown in place.

The Large-Busted Bride

Off-the-shoulder gowns look wonderful on a full bust. It draws our attention upward, emphasizes the shoulders and minimizes the chest. Keep your skirt narrow. Wearing a full skirt will make you look large both on top and bottom.

The Bottom-Heavy Bride

Women who are larger through their hips and buttocks should look for a wedding dress that focuses on their upper body — preferably with a full skirt.

Show off your arms, back and bustline.

A corset-style bodice with lacing will highlight your upper body. We want to draw attention away from your hips. Avoid pleats or gathered fabric around the waist. An A-line skirted wedding dress always works the best for this body type.

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Princess Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Style Suitable for Most Brides

The princess wedding dress has fitted vertical seams running from shoulders down to a flair skirt with no seam across the waistline. The skirt looks like the shape of the letter “A” and is called an A-line skirt. Therefore, some people refer princesswedding dress as A-line wedding dress.

This style is suitable for most brides as A-line is the most “forgiving” dress shape. It can help to enhance small waist and hide broader hips. For brides with narrow hips, a hooped petticoat may be worn beneath the skirt to create a fuller look.

Photo credit: Stunning A-line Strapless Floor-length (Maxi) Satin Wedding Dresses for Bride (YCF123)

Ball Gown Wedding Dress

Solution for Brides with Wide Hips

The name “ball gown wedding dress” is self-explanatory. If you have absolutely no clue, think of what Cinderella wore to the ball. Some people called it the “fairy-tale” style.

The silhouette of ball gown wedding dress and princess wedding dress can be quite similar, especially when the princess wedding dress is boosted by the petticoat hoop. The main difference lies in way the seams run. Ball gown wedding dresses have horizontal seam at the waistline where the skirt starts to grow fuller.

Ball gown wedding dresses are usually paired with fitted bodice line. They look fabulous on brides with slim waistline and is perfect for hiding full hips – good disguise for pear body shape. Note that brides with large body frame should think twice about this style as it may make them look bigger. On the other hand, very petite brides may also find it overwhelming to carry too much extra fabric for their small frame.

Photo credit: Ball Gown Sweetheart Chapel Train Taffeta Wedding Dresses for Bride (HSX1251)

Sheath Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress Style that Flatters Balanced Body Shape

Sheath wedding dresses are also known as column wedding dresses. Like princess wedding dresses, the seams runs vertically from the shoulders down to the floor but the hem is not as flair. In fact, sheath wedding dresses are usually body-hugging and reveal the body shape easily.

This style work best for tall, slim brides with balanced figures. It is also suitable for petite brides as it creates an elongated illusion. Brides who dislike their body shape should avoid sheath wedding dresses no matter how beautiful the dresses are. You won’t want to end up hating the way your body look in your wedding photos, do you?

Photo credit: Sheath / Column Spaghetti Straps Ankle-length Chiffon Tulle Wedding Dresses for Bride (HSX1225)

Empire Wedding Dress

Excellence Choice for Brides with Small Bust

An empire wedding dress style has a high waistline. The seam is just underneath the bust where the skirt starts and falls all the way to the floor. The empire line is normally straighter than the princess line but is not as body-hugging as sheath wedding dress.

Empire line is best for slim brides with small-bust. Because of its long, straight silhouette, petite brides will appear taller in empire wedding dress. This style is also a good option for pregnant brides as it provides comfortable room in the waist compared to wedding dresses with lower waistline.

Photo credit: Empire Strapless Cathedral Train Chiffon Elastic Silk-like Satin Wedding Dresses / Reception Dress (HSX227)

Mermaid Wedding Dress

For Brides with Curves to Show Off

The mermaid wedding dress is also known as trumpet wedding dress dress. It is close-fitting until the knees where the skirt starts to flair out, creating the shape of a fishtail or a trumpet. This is a relatively modern design which is gaining popularity.

The narrow bodice design is great for showing off a body with nice, balanced curves. Mermaid wedding dresses are not only fantastic for tall, slim brides, they are also great for petite brides who wish to look taller. However, thiswedding dress style is rather “unforgiving”, brides who dislike their body shape should avoid it.

Photo credit:
Trumpet / Mermaid One Shoulder Court Train Satin Taffeta Wedding Dresses (WSM0481)


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