Choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a bit challenging and frustrating. How many times have we tried on an outfit in the store and realized it didn’t look as appealing on us as we thought it would? A wedding dress is no different! Ladies, this is why it is helpful to understand our body types. We all come in different shapes and sizes, where some areas of the body are not equally proportioned with other areas. The key to a flattering dress is symmetry−the body doesn’t have to be equally proportioned, as long as what we have on gives off the illusion that it does! With that being said, take a look at the chart below and see which shape best describes your body.

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The “hour glass” is considered the ideal shape of a woman since it highlights all of the feminine qualities symmetrically. The goal of your dress is to give off that proportionate or “hourglass” illusion. Allure has a beautiful collection of bridal gowns that are sold within the stores of our vendors. Below, I found five different dress styles on allurebridals.com, where each dress is suitable for one of the five common body shapes:

 

1.)    Style 9161– With a “rectangular” (masculine) body shape, a dress that gives the illusion of a bigger bust and hip area creates a curvier, more feminine look.

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2.)    Style 8764– For women with a “pear” body shape, the bust is the smallest area of the body.  Find a dress, such as this one, that accentuates the bust area yet still compliments the waistline and hip area.

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3.)    Style 9051– For those of you with the natural “hourglass” shape, this beautiful dress simply highlights the curves you already have.

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4.)    Style 9014– Women with the “cone” body shape have a large bust area and smaller hip area. A dress that widens beneath the waistline gives the appearance of fuller, curvier hips.

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5.)    Style 9001– With a “diamond” body shape, the midsection is the widest area. An ideal dress for this shape should give the illusion of a slimmer waistline.

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Now that you have an idea of your body type, the hunt for your perfect dress should be a lot easier.  There is, however, one important thing to remember during the journey: as long as YOU feel beautiful in your wedding dress, that’s all that truly matters.

 -Ashley R. Cottrell

 

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.
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