The Right Dress for Your Body
If you’re like us, you think TLC should’ve never stopped taping episodes of What Not To Wear. How else can you figure out how to dress your body? And why was there never a What Not To Wear to Your Wedding series? Luckily for you, we’ve got just what you need to make the perfect choice when it comes to finding your gown.
The first step in finding a dress that accentuates your features is finding out what your body shape is. Is your waist-line clearly defined? Are your shoulders and hips proportionate with each other? Take our quiz to find out which type of gown fits your figure best!
If you’re hips and chest are about the same width and you have a clearly defined waist, you have an hourglass figure.
If your hips are a bit bigger than your chest but you have a clearly defined waist, you’re pear – or triangle – shaped.
If your chest and/or shoulders are wider than your hips, your body is considered an inverted pear or inverted triangle.
If your shoulders and hips are aligned but you have no clearly defined waist, look for garments that compliment a rectangular figure.
If you’re plus-size with no clearly defined waist, look for garments that compliment an apple figure.
Now that you’ve figured out your figure type, you can find the dress that accentuates those features best.
IF YOU’RE A TRIANGLE…
A-line gowns, mermaid and trumpet silhouettes, empire waists, and ball gowns all look great with your figure! We suggest staying away from sheath dresses.
IF YOU’RE AN INVERTED TRIANGLE…
A-line gowns, empire waists, and ball gowns will compliment your figure, as the full bottoms will balance out the volume you carry on top.
IF YOU’RE A RECTANGLE…
While you can wear just about any style and rock it, look for sheath type gowns that drape over your body for comfort and effortless beauty. We recommend staying away from mermaid and trumpet flares.
IF YOU’RE AN APPLE…
Look for A-line or ball gowns with empire waists to balance the fullness of your chest with volume on the bottom.
IF YOU’RE AN HOURGLASS…
Congratulations! Literally every style of dress looks good on you! If you’re a bit bigger chested, consider staying away from strapless dresses as you’ll feel uncomfortable pulling it up all night. Illusion necklines, Queen Anne sleeves, and halters are your best bet when choosing a strap.
The most important thing to remember when you’re shopping for your wedding dress is that you should feel comfortable and beautiful; it doesn’t matter if the dress you love aligns with these guidelines, as long as it’s a dress you absolutely love.