When it comes to designing your wedding dress, a lot of ladies don’t know where to begin. The best thing to do is start with knowing your shape in order to find the right style to compliment your figure.
With bust and hips in proportion and a narrow waist, a lady with an hourglass figure can pull off a number of styles. Hourglass ladies look fantastic in dresses that accentuate their wonderfully feminine curves. A beautiful, straight dress, elegant fishtail or fit and flare design will show off these assets and suit both the slim and curvy hourglasses. A sweetheart neckline will accentuate the bust area and an hourglass shape can wear a variety of waisted designs that few others can pull off. Sometimes, a lady can feel slightly conscious of the hip area. In this case, a gentle A-line or princess gown will skim the hips and a corseted bodice will cinch in a narrow waist.
A column shape tends to be tall and slim with a straight figure. With less obvious curves, a lady with this silhouette should choose a dress that will add more balance for this type of shape. This can be achieved by creating a waistline and exaggerating shoulders and hips. Detail such as lace or beadwork on the skirt and bust will help to add shape to a slim figure and create the illusion of a waist. Narrow fitting dresses such as a fit and flare with a sculpted bodice will enhance the waistline and create the look of an hourglass shape, whilst a fuller A-line or princess skirt will add curves to the hip area. A halter or strapless neckline will show off your shoulders and you can pull off shorter skirt lengths, too.
A lady with a pear shape has curvier thighs and bum with a slim upper torso and narrow shoulders. She should opt for a dress that will skim over the hip area and accentuate the waist and bust to create balance. A-line styles will define a waist whilst flowing over the hips and complimenting your shape. A princess or fuller skirt could achieve the same result but avoid gathers and straight or fishtail designs as this will draw attention to specifically just one area. Instead go for delicate detailing around the bust, with a sweetheart neckline. A corset will also compliment your waistline perfectly.
With a shapelier lower half and bust, tee length dresses will look fabulous on an apple shape. A-line and princess designs that sculpt in at the waist will also look beautiful and give an hourglass shape to balance out the heavier top half of the body. Dresses with an empire line will also show off the bust and even out smaller hips. Avoid fitted dresses, such as straight, fishtail, fit and flare or gowns with too much detail around the bust and waist as this will only accentuate these areas. Instead, draw attention down with subtle detail around the hip line and skirt. Asymmetrical draping is extremely flattering and ruched detail that cinches in the waistline can elongate the body.
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