How to find your perfect dress

By Melissa Franco posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 7:51 PM - (General)
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There are so many kinds of wedding dresses out there and there is a perfect one for every bride. There is also the dress that is the most unflattering tent-like dress that will make you look like you got it from Home Depot. Not all dresses work for every body type. If you are looking for the right dress that will emphesize all of your assets and make you look like the most beautiful woman EVER on your wedding day, then use these tips the next time you are at the bridal salon.

Hourglass Figure: Choose any dress that emphasizes your small waist. Popular choices are corset gowns, two-piece dresses, and ball gowns with a fitted top.

Pear-Shaped Figure: Full A-line silhouettes, V-neck tops, bateau necklines, scoop-neck tops, and strapless necklines all disguise fuller hips and the pear shaped body types best. These looks also balance torso to bust proportions. For a headpiece that adds slender lines, go with a Chapel length bridal veil.

Apple-Shaped Figure: Princess-line and drop waist wedding dresses are most flattering. You can also try out A-line gowns as well as dresses with plunging necklines. Go heavy on the accessories to draw the eye up.

Petite Brides: Sheath wedding dresses are a great choice as they tend to elongate. Most importantly keep it simple without too much drama or detail.

Tall Brides: Tall girls have all the luck! Almost any style gown will work for a towering bride. But do avoid empire-waist dresses to avoid the "tent-as-wedding-dress" look.

Broad Shouldered: Steer clear of halter and off-the-shoulder necklines, which tend to accentuate the shoulders. Instead, try strapless and scoop necklines. Delicate jewelry works best for broad shouldered brides as well.

Full-Busted: You may need a little help from a corset to get your girls under control. Just make sure you don't tie the corset too tight. You may get extra cleavage you weren't planning on. After that is taken care of, look for dresses with a higher neckline to draw less attention to the chest area.

Full Arms: Look for gowns with off-the-shoulder straps or sheer fabric over the arms. You can also find a flattering formal short jacket to wear over your dress. Also try dresses with a longer sleeve. You'll just have to make sure the sleeves aren't too tight. Also avoid halter tops, they only emphisize your arms.

These images were supplied by David's Bridal.

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