Wedding Gown Fashion

Determining the Best Wedding Dress Style for Your Body Type

Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding dress. Find out which wedding dress style is best suited for your body type.

Before choosing a wedding dress style it’s crucial to first determine which type of body type you are. Some dress will look stunning on one body type, but simply wrong on another. Basically, there are four body types that are described below: pear-shaped, rectangle shaped, triangle shaped and hourglass shaped.

You may already know what body type you are. For others, it may take a bit of investigation. To determine your body style you’ll need to stand in front of a floor length mirror and take a good long look at yourself.

Determining Your Body Type

Drawing an imaginary line across your shoulders and hips, you need to determine if your hips are wider than your shoulders, or vice versa. Next, you need to determine if your waist is well defined or not. Once you know these facts, you can use the information below to determine which body type you are and consequently which dress styles are best suited for your body.

Pear Shaped

Pear-shaped is the most common body type of most woman – meaning that the width of the shoulders is smaller than the hips. There is usually some definition at the waist.

  • What to Try: An A-line dress is usually the best shape, as it floats away from the lower half of the body. For the neckline, strapless, V-neck and scooped necklines work best. Diagonal draping across the bodice can look quite flattering.
  • What to Avoid: Avoid and skirts that are too full or bulky, as they will add weight to the body. Mermaid style dresses will be unflattering. For the top, halter and high-cut necklines should be avoided as they can make the hips look bigger.

Rectangle Shaped

Women with rectangular body shapes have hips and shoulders that are generally the same width across. There may not be many definitions at the waist.

  • What to try: Look for dresses with structured corsets and full skirts which will help to add shape to the body. Keep necklines wide and add detailing above or below the waist. A V-shape around the waistline will also help to define the waist and hips.
  • What to avoid: Avoid halter necks and high necklines which make the shoulders look small and will not flatter the waistline. Straight cut skirts run the risk of making the body look “boxy”.

Triangle Shaped

This is really an inverted triangle shape, where the shoulders are wider than the hips.

  • What to try: Straight cut or bias cut can look quite lovely in this body type and will look great with full ball gown styles. Bustles and bows around the hip area can also add shape to the lower body. Halter and higher-cut necklines can flatter the shoulders and make them appear smaller.
  • What to avoid: Avoid tops with fancy sleeves or wide necklines as they will emphasize the width of the shoulders. A very low-cut neckline should also be avoided to not look “all top” and no bottom.

Hourglass Shaped

With the hourglass shape, the hips and shoulders are about the same width and there is a well-defined waist.

  • What to try: A strapless, V-neck or scooped neckline will flatter this body type. Off the shoulder, styles can also work but keep the neckline low. An A-line skirt is always a good choice for this body type. The mermaid style dress can also work on thinner, hourglass-shaped women.
  • What to avoid: Bias cut or straight cut won’t enhance the natural curves of the hourglass shape unless you are very tall and slim. Bulky, gathered skirts can also make the hips appear too big. Empire styles will hide the best features of the body.

By determining which body type you have, you can easily figure out which dress style is best suited for your body. With the dress style in mind, you can focus all of your attention on finding the right dress design. This should make dress shopping that much easier.

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress

Four Steps to that Dream Bridal Gown

Turn that wedding dress fantasy into a real-life dream dress! There’s no reason to settle for something second-rate, no matter what the budget!

Not just any beautiful dress will do – only the ones with “wow” factors need to apply when it comes to walking down the aisle. All eyes should be glued on the dress that has the bride’s name on it – the perfect fit. And it can happen, regardless of taste, style or even budget. Read on!

Research the Options

Vera Wang, Lazaro or Priscilla of Boston? Halter, strapless or sweetheart? A-line, ballgown or mermaid? This is the most important dress most girls will ever wear so it’s important the bride knows what she wants before hitting the bridal salon. It’ll make for less frustration and the opportunity to see more dresses that are absolutely to die for!

Figure out the Dress Budget

Dresses can range anywhere from $100 to $10,000. Some are even more expensive! So before hitting that bridal salon, make sure that their price range matches the wedding budget. There’s nothing worse than trying on that perfect dress and then realizing that it costs three times more than expected. And make sure the bridal consultant is aware of the budget. Usually, alterations and extras (veil, shoes, undergarments) can push the price up even higher, so it’s worth it to keep that in mind as well.

It might seem fun to play dress up, but saying no to that dream dress is anything but. And after that, nothing can compare and those bridal gown fantasies that were there may end up going down the drain. Or, if that out-of-price-range dress is splurged on, the stress on bride and groom, or Mom and Dad could cause lasting friction.

A Bride Knows When It’s “The Dress”

Know when to stop. Just like when the bride knows the groom is “the one,” she doesn’t need to try on every guy in the world before coming to a decision. Trying on too many dresses will only lead to confusion and frustration.

This is why that initial research step, and knowing off the bat what to look for can really come in handy. In addition, bring a limited support group with to avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen. And regardless of opinions, the bride should always choose the dress she feels best in. When the bride has found the perfect dress, say “I do!” There won’t be any regrets. Promise.

Be the Most Gorgeous Girl in the Room

This step is the easiest! Once a bride is decked out from head to toe, all she’ll hear are the oohs and aahs of her guests and onlookers. Revel at this moment and enjoy! And most of all – congratulations!

Most wedding gowns can’t be returned, but with these easy to follow steps, that won’t be an issue. Way to be a smart bride! Now that the perfect dress is within reach, it’s time to look forward to that special day that just belongs to lovers – and the honeymoon that follows of course!