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Finding the best wedding dress to suit your figure

Hourglass figures

Brides with an hourglass body shape normally have a defined waist, wider hips and a bigger bust. You’re very curvaceous and have one of the most desirable body shapes there is, so let’s look at the best styles to show off all of your assets.

Avoid: Your bust and hips are already perfectly balanced, so it’s best not to add any extra weight and material to these areas. Stay away from ball gown, empire or princess-style dresses with fuller skirts, as this may make you appear bigger in these areas and will be less flattering to your shape.

Look for: Instead, look for dresses that hug and show off those gorgeous curves such as a mermaid or fit and flare style. If you do want a ball gown or A-line dress, opt for a structured bodice and full skirt to clinch in your waist. Also, a sweetheart or plunge neckline may work better for you than a halter or high neck dress, as this will keep you balanced out and flatter your bustier assets.

Small Chested figures

If you are a smaller chested bride find a silhouette that suits your figure by adding material and structure to balance your figure. For example embellishments, boning and ruching will add curves along with a sweetheart neckline. With a smaller chest you are also able to carry off plunging necklines and a low back!

Avoid: Steer clear of wedding dresses that have straight necklines and instead opt for something with a shape, whether that’s a sweetheart, asymmetric or a plunging deep V.

Look for: A dress with structure or boning in the corset. A sweetheart neckline really suits a smaller bust as it softens the line around the bust and makes for an elevated look. A deep V gown looks gorgeous on a smaller bust and is certainly not a style for those with a bigger bust.

Pear Shape

If you have pear shape you tend to have wider hips than your bust area and a defined waist. You may have a feminine décolletage and be smaller in the chest area with a petite and narrow build.

Avoid: It’s best not to go for empire line dress styles as they can hide your dainty figure and can create the illusion that you are bigger in size than you are. Avoid heavy bulky fabrics and ruching along the hips that will draw attention to that area and can make you look out of proportion.

Look for: A-line dresses tend to look good on most body types but they particularly look great on pear shapes. If you are considering a fishtail dress look for ones that are fitted to your shape and budget for alterations to get the perfect fitted look. Sleeves are great for balancing out smaller shoulders with larger hips.

Apple Figures

Those with apple or oval figures have a larger bust, fuller torso and narrow hips. You have a more round midsection with slender arms and legs.

Avoid: Stay clear of dresses that accentuate your hips, ruching, and heavy embellishments with pleating. High neck dresses or ones with halter necks can drown your chest and lose focus and definition of your other features.

Look for: Look for subtle shapes such as A-line and flared skirts that smooth over hips and any lumps and bumps. Dresses with lower necklines and detailed corsets will draw the eye away from the midsection.

Tall/Rectangle Shape

Brides who have a rectangle and taller frame may have little definition around their waist or have a smaller bust.

Avoid: Showy wedding dresses are gorgeous however they may feel a little overkill on your long and slender frame. Stay clear of empire waists, high necked dresses may make you look longer and less balanced in shape.

Look for: Play to your height with a gorgeous sheath dress. A line dresses and princess ball gowns with a fuller bottom will help give the illusion of a curvier figure. A fit and flare gown will also look great on taller brides.

Now go and find the dress of your dreams!

Love Pure Elegance Bridal x

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