The dress is perhaps the most important part of a wedding day, especially for the girl. This dress is what everyone is going to be looking at when you walk towards your Groom; everyone will be waiting with bated breath to see what delicious delight you have decided to wear. This is the last thing that you will want to get wrong!
There are a couple of things that you will need to take into consideration when it comes to picking the dress. Not only will you want one that matches your personality and wedding theme, but you will also want to choose one that is somewhat fashionable. Who wants to get married in some hideous puff-ball number when the latest styles predict slinky, floor skimming dresses as the latest must have? Of course, on top of both of these things, you will want to pick a wedding dress for your body type.
We all know what kind of body shape we are, and if you are not sure, maybe it’s time to find out? The dress that you pick should go well with your figure, not accentuate the bad points. You can be one of the following body types:
If you are an apple shape, you are likely to have the following characteristics – large upper body, a flat backside, legs that are nice and shapely, broad/wide shoulders, a straight up-and-down waist with no or very little definition, and a full face. You may also have a rather large chest too – perfect for some of the corseted designs of wedding dress that are popular these days.
If you are an apple, the best type of wedding dress for body type is one that accentuates the bottom half of your figure, rather than the top. Puff-ball numbers are to be avoided, of course; you don’t want anything that makes you look even rounder, and on top of that, a V-neck line will defer from the fact that you have rather broad shoulders.
The Pear shape is often seen with a larger lower body; quite the opposite of the apple. As the name suggests, the top half will be slender – thin, long neck, smaller width shoulders, smaller busts and a curvy waist and hips. You would look stunning in A-line wedding dresses, and one of the best things about being a pear shape is that you can get away with halter-necks; something other shapes cannot wear.
Looser fabrics look beautiful on the Pear; tops with lots of detail will take the focus away from the wider bottom half of your body, while dresses that cling to the body will often make you look much bigger than what you are. The best wedding dress for body type in this case would be a full skirt with a pretty bodice/top. You should also try to avoid a chunky heel, which can make your legs look quite unflattering.
As the name suggests, the Ruler is a body shape that is rather up-and-down. You won’t have a defined waist, nor will you have a large bust. You may have a rather broad back and a full neck, which means that the best wedding gown for body type would be one that doesn’t cling too much to the top half of your body. A fitted waist on your dress will give you the appearance of curves in places where you don’t have them naturally, and the perfect cut of dress for you will be either the Mermaid cut, or the A-Line one.
Thankfully, the Ruler can get away with dresses that are shorter in length than other styles, simply because of the shapely legs, which when paired with a beautiful pair of shoes, become the main focus point.
This is one of the most iconic of all body shapes, with figures such as Marilyn Monroe and the infamous Jessica Rabbit rocking the look. You will have a body shaped just like an hourglass – tiny waist, large hips, large bust, and beautiful shapely legs and/or arms.
If you are the Hourglass, you have so many looks at your disposal that you can pretty much take your pick of the bunch. The right wedding dress for your body type will be one that defines your beautiful curves – nipped in at the waist; perhaps a corset style that shows off your impressive bust too. If you like your shoulders, (some hourglasses can find them too wide) then you can get away with a halter-neck gown, or a V-neck, and ideally, you will want to avoid a veil that is too short, which can cut you in half, or a dress that has a lot of detailing around the bust, which could make this the focal point.