While flipping through the latest bridal magazine, you’ll come across dozens of wedding gown photos. Those models are so beautiful, and they all look perfect, regardless of the style of dress they’re wearing. But who of us has a model-perfect body? Practically no one. Each of us “everyday” women have certain areas we like to show off – maybe lovely legs, or toned upper arms and back, and those “problem” areas we need to play down – perhaps a too-small bust, or some extra rolls and bulges.
The following tips will help you choose a gown that will look perfect on you.
For a Large Bust Avoid an empire waist or strapless gown. Instead go for a halter style, open scoop neck, or a high-cut v-neck to give you the right amount of support.
For a Small Bust Avoid halter or strapless styles. They will only draw attention to your small size. Instead choose bodices with draping, ruching and other details will make you appear more voluminous.
For a Petite Figure Avoid the bulk of a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette, which are too overpowering for a smaller body type. Also, keep detailing small and subtle. Large decorations are overwhelming. Instead try an empire waist, A-line, or sheath gown to delicately add length.
For a Tall, Narrow Figure A sheath, mermaid or trumpet style is for you, as they add gentle curves. Soft detailing on the bodice or sleeves gives the illusion of width. You’ll want a waistline that is at or close to your own natural waistline. Those that are especially high (empire) or low (drop) waists add additional height.
For Wide Hips The fullness of a ball gown helps to accentuate your waist while hiding hips, as will an A-line gown. Also try gowns with lovely detailing on the bodice or an off-the-shoulder neckline that will draw attention to the upper half of your body, as will a square or bateau neckline. Be careful with trumpet or sheath style gowns, as they may make you look out of proportion.
For a Full Waist Avoid dresses that are fitted at your natural waistline. Instead, try a drop waist or an A-line dress to add curves. Also look for detailing around the neckline which will draw the eye to the upper part of your body.
For an Hourglass Figure This figure has a natural balance – show it off! Choosing the right neckline and waistline are key. Open necklines like an off-the-shoulder are flattering. Accentuate your waist with a fitted waistline. Stay away from high waistlines or necklines. A trumpet skirt or ball gown enhances the hourglass shape.
For a Bit of a Tummy Basque waists or waistlines with soft draping helps hide a protruding tummy. An A-line gown also beautifully hides this trouble spot while still showing some curves. Avoid a bias cut gown, as these will cling to every curve and bump.
About The Author:
Jean Neuhart, Professional Bridal Consultant, “For A Day Your Heart Will Never Forget . . . Choose Weddings From The Heart“