Everyone has to go through the struggle of figuring out what body shape they have and than they must figure out what style is best for that shape. Between all the different shapes, lengths, and styles of wedding dresses it can all get very confusing, so here is your simple guide to finding the most flattering style for your body.
The first step to this process is deciding which body shape you are most similar to:
–Column: Narrow hips and shoulders, with a waistline that is not much smaller then the hip and bust measurements. Very commonly appears on athletic body types.
When dressing a column figure it is best to choose a dress that either accentuates the statuesque figure with a slim and belted dress or a dress that will add curves to your body, maybe a dropped waist or mermaid look. Don’t be afraid to have a high neckline or halter top.
–Apple: Most of the weight is carried in the Bust and Waist region with slender legs and thin hips.
When shopping for an apple shape flattering dress keep your eye out for styles that will emphasize the waistline and bust line with an a-line skirt or a fuller skirt. Don’t be afraid to add some straps to the gown for added interest up top.
–Pear: Small to medium bust line with a narrow waist and hips that measure larger than the bust. Generally carries weight through the hips, buttocks, and upper thighs.
The key to flattering a pear-shaped figure is to bring the focus to the thin waistline and the bust with beading, rouching, etc. Avoid adding thin spaghetti straps as this will make your top look even more narrow- in turn making the hips looks wider.
–Hourglass: Very curvy figure with the bust being full as well as the hips being very full. The waistline will be thin in comparison to the upper and lower parts of the body.
Fortunately this shape fits well in most dress styles. Because this shape already has va-va-voom in the bust, you don’t want add too much up top with bows or ruffles. Avoid sheath style dresses as these will hide that tiny waist.