The Wedding Shaper
Tips on choosing the right dress for your body shape.
Style comes in many forms. The beautiful princesses look
staring you as the fabulous centerpiece can be accomplished from a bevy of
sizes. Choosing the right dress that flatters your shape is important, not only for the overall polished look to your wedding but also the most complete comfort possible on your special day. This can be achieved by selecting the perfect dress especially for you.
Read through these instructions and identify your body shape. Consider your waistline and bust line as well as the lengths of your torso and legs. Research to find stores that cater to the body type you've identified for yourself.
If you are blessed with a great rack, you are more of a busty girl with a C cup and above and most likely shorter in the waist. This can apply to both size 0 ladies all the way up to 28. For your special day, take a note from your sisters in mamoryland Pamela Anderson, Selma Hayek, and Queen Latifah, keeping the focus on both your faces is important. It is not a good look to adjust the boob cups or invisible tape of your wedding gown because you invited “The girls” to the wedding. Don’t give up hope. The girls can still make an appearance they just can’t close the place down tonight.
Instead of exposing too much, try to accentuate the positive with an uplifting foundation garment with a corset or create symmetry to your frame by having a full skirt, wearing a v or square shape neckline, or fishtail shape.
Go simple on the top of the dress, added beautifications of the chest add weight
Avoid high necklines, thin straps, or bulky fabrics.
Xenia Warrior Princess
If your shape is more that of an athlete such as a swimmer, your shoulders are wide set and regardless of weight the shape of the
shoulder line is angular. A strong jaw line and broad shoulders contribute to this athletic shape. If this is your body type you are in good company with Kate Hudson, Kim Catrell and Jennifer Garner.
To counter balance the shoulders, highlight them with a halter or asymmetric neckline or go for a dramatic look with long sleeves worn off the shoulders.
Select a dress that accentuates your waistline to create an hourglass shape.
Avoid big collars and cap sleeves
If you are a full figured gal, you have some junk in your trunk. A well endowed bust and curvy hips add to this voluptuous frame. Don’t be ashamed of your lovely lady lumps. Dressing up your shape is as easy as 1,2,3. Ladies who are large and in charge cannot be lumped into one single category of size. Beautiful curves come in all shapes. For this reason, we have broken down this category into the many different myriads of beauty in plus size.
Generally, plus size women could try a mermaid of trumpet style gown, they have a sexy slimming effect. An A-line dress with a high waist and low neckline also compliments curves and a corset to help define your shape.
Avoid spaghetti straps, slinky fabrics that cling and add inches to your frame.
If you are pear shaped you have narrow shoulders. Your bust and waistline are small and petite. You have more voluptuous hips, bottom and thighs. You are blessed with the bootylicious syndrome.
Go for an empire waistline. Empire waistbands fall just under the bust, to bring the focus up and emphasize the smallest part of your waistline.
Avoid dresses with open pleated or tapered skirts.
This shape applies to women who are fuller around the middle. If they gain weight, it shows up around their belly and upper body. They’re usually larger-breasted and their upper arms and shoulders are broader, too. Their legs tend to be thin and their butts tend to be flat.
Wear low-cut necklines to thin out a fuller figure.
Avoid clingy fabrics and high necklines.
Tiny on top, heavier and rounded out at the bottom
These women have a smaller bust of A or B cup and a fully rounded at the hips and bottom. The trick here is to find a way to balance the top half with the bottom half to create a symmetrical look.
A dropped-waist style or a strapless ball gown will cover your bottom half and put more emphasis on the top. An off-the-shoulder neckline will keep the attention on your upper body, and an A-line gown is always a flattering choice.
Choose a full skirt in A-formation from the natural waist to the floor highlighting your narrow middle and floating away from the hips and thighs. Strapless dresses will take the attention off the middle and draw the eye upward.
Avoid sheaths and V necklines.
If you are a petite flower, you are size 4 or smaller. One of the things that petite women and plus size women have in common is that they cannot be lumped into one small category of tiny. Smaller framed women come in many different shapes. From the triangle to rectangle, these pocket sized princesses can dress for their special day to flatter their frame by identifying your shape below.
Generally for petite women the key word here is elongation. It's best to keep it simple. A column-like sheath or an A-line dress works best: These will keep the eye moving and create the illusion of height. A dress with a lot of visual interest in the seaming and the cut of the neck to add shape works best. Avoid big ball gowns or a dress with lots of voluminous fabric may look overwhelming on your small frame.
If you are a member of the itty bitty booby committee, choose a dress that has volume at the top, such as ruffles or embellishments on the bust to enhance your chest. Choose something with a cinched waist to flatter the upper body.
Avoid bodice with pre-designed cups.
Bony (Short or Tall)
Ladies of this frame have little to no fat on their bodies, minimal curves and need to accentuate the positive of being thin while choosing a wedding dress that gives the illusion of curves.
Choose a dress with fuller sleeves or layers and ruffles to add curves where your body lacks them. Wrap dresses also add the illusion of curves. Bateau necklines and sleeveless gowns are flattering options for you.
A ball gown is a very feminine shape that will balance out your overall silhouette and visually create curves. Try one with a dramatic cutout back.
Avoid portrait or off the shoulder necklines if you are concerned your collarbone is too bony.
Short with a Long Torso
Choose dresses with visual interest by your face to bring the eye up. Also go for straight skirts and accessorize with a high heel.
Avoid dresses with a dropped waist
What do Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore all have in common..…They all carried a little something down the aisle along with their bouquet. The little bun in the oven is precious and does seem to steal the show from the woman of the hour. It is ultimately your decision of how you want to dress up or dress down your bump. Anywhere from four to nine months is the time to decide how much space the baby will take up at your wedding. Buying a gown while pregnant can be tricky, since you can't predict how big you'll be come the wedding day. Try to buy your dress last to make sure it fits and between the time you buy the dress and your actual nuptial walk, you won't be any bigger.
An empire waist is your best bet for its loose structure and relaxed silhouette. For the mom-to-be who wants to show off her belly, a soft, clinging sheath in a stretchy fabric makes a proud statement.
Avoid anything that's too constricting or uncomfortable, including tight bodices and ball gowns, which will emphasize your middle.
All in all, celebrate your figure and don’t worry!! No matter what your body shape, rain or shine you can guarantee your man will be far too happy to be marrying you to even notice any flaws when the big day comes around. Choose your body shape from the list below, and read the description to learn what styles will flatter your shape.
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