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How to Choose the Right Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

You've found Mr. Right, now it's time to find the right dress.
Feb. 24, 2012 | By:

Many brides-to-be spend hours flipping through the pages of bridal magazines in search of the perfect wedding dress. They may find several that they fall in love with, but it could be that none of them are the right dress for the bride. The fact is that not all dresses look great on every bride.

Choosing the best wedding dress is about how the dress looks on your body. All brides – even those who are very thin – have to keep this in mind. Choosing a dress from a picture is just not a good idea. Instead, you must try on gowns so that you can figure out which style looks best on you. Below are some of the most common styles of wedding dresses.

Sheath

  • This style of wedding dress typically falls away from the body. It is best suited to brides who are tall and slender.

Empire Waist

  • An empire waist wedding dress features a waistline that falls just below the bust line. This dress is a good choice for a bride who does not have a large bust. For shorter brides, it can add height.

Ball Gown

  • This very popular style of wedding dress is what many girls think of when they picture a “princess gown”. It has a full skirt and is wonderful for hiding imperfections around the hips or thighs.

Mermaid

  • A mermaid style wedding dress is very fitted and is a good choice for those brides who want to accentuate their curves.

There are hundreds of variations within each style of wedding dress.

Once you determine the shape that looks best on your body, you will be able to start your search in earnest. For example, you may have to try on a dozen ball gowns before you find the one that is right for you.

Some other tips:

Try It On

Yes, try on that wedding dress even if it is nothing like what you imagined wearing on your big day. You would be surprised at how many brides end up falling in love with a dress that is much different from what they thought they wanted.

It doesn’t hurt or cost anything to just try it on, and you just might find the dress of your dreams.

Don’t Settle

Just because you “always wanted” a wedding dress of a certain style does not mean that you should get that dress even if it does nothing to flatter your body type. Conversely, do not be talked into a wedding dress that everyone else says is great on your body if it is not really what you want.

Keep looking until you find the perfect wedding dress that both flatters your body AND lives up to the picture that you have in your mind of what your wedding dress will look like.

iDoo.ca staff.

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