The Right Wedding Dress For You For Your Body Type



One of the most exciting, and possibly the most challenging part of your wedding preparation is finding the right wedding dress. With so many styles and designs to choose from, it can be very overwhelming and difficult to make a decision. Of course, you’d obviously want the right wedding dress that captures your style and something that will complement your figure as well. If you’re uncertain of what style looks best for you and at the time feel most comfortable in, here are some tips and tricks on different body-types.


What are body types?

It is very important to dress your “body-type.” Not because a wedding dress design looks ethereal in the bridal magazines, it will look the same on every bride. Remember, these editorials are made for photo shoots and they use a model to play the bride. But you don’t need a modelesque figure to look great in your wedding dress; you just have to know what body type you have.

Below are the terms used to categorize women’s figures and how to identify them.

  • Hourglass – Larger bust and hips, and a defined waistline
  • Rectangular – Bust, waist, and hips are similar in size
  • Inverted-rectangle – Larger bust with a normal, yet smaller, waist and hips
  • Apple-shaped – average bust and hips, but larger in the belly area
  • Pear-shaped – average bust and waist, but larger in the hips

While these are not the most flattering ways to describe a woman’s body, it is the simplest way to categorize common figures. Knowing which category you fall will help identify which dress styles is the most ideal. We all have features we’ll want to accentuate, and flaws we will try to conceal.



Seek help from the professionals

Many bridal shops and boutiques have trained stylists that are there to help you. It’s important that you find a stylist that can fully assist you. Talk with them, you want someone that you can fully converse with so they understand who you are and the look you’re trying to achieve for your big day. They will help you in identifying the style and silhouette that you love and those that flatter your body type. Hence, finding the dress much easier. Your stylist should be present to help you find out what works and what doesn’t. Be open to their suggestions, but keep in mind what you want and what you think will make you feel beautiful and comfortable wearing. If the wedding dress doesn’t feel right in the store, you won’t feel right wearing it at your wedding.


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Your dress is the one thing that is uniquely yours on the wedding day. Understand what your body is like, recognize what you will feel best and comfortable in, and if necessary, be patient. You might not find your dress immediately, so don’t be disheartened if the first place you browse, you don’t find anything that you like. There are plenty of dresses out there, and something every bride will feel amazing in.

Understanding your physique and what type of dress would best suit your figure, can help you to narrow down what would be your perfect gown. So do your research, ask for your stylist’s help, know your body and you are on your way to getting the perfect wedding dress for your wedding day. Do you have other tips and tricks in finding the right wedding dress? Share your tips in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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