How To Choose A Wedding Dress For Your Body Shape Type

Are you ready to head out to go shopping for a bridal gown? Not quite yet. Let's slow down a bit and try to determine what will be the best wedding dress for your body shape.

Fashion experts have named some basic body shapes or figure types that categorize a woman's figures. So know which body shape you are and the wedding dress silhouette works with your shape will make your shopping easier. No need to try on wedding gown style that will not compliment your figure.

So likely you will fall into one of the categories below.

Body Shapes For Women

To Pick The Right Wedding Dress For Your Body First Identify Your Body Shape

Which "body shape" are you?

  • Pear body shaped or triangle shape- has narrow shoulders/ small bust with wider hips when compared with the upper portion of the body.
  • Apple body shape or diamond shape body- the widest point of the body is the mid-section which includes the waistline and stomach areas. The shoulders and hip/ thigh areas are narrower than mid-section of the body.
  • Rectangle body shape- the bust, waist and hips form a basically a straight line with very little waist indention.
  • Hourglass body shape - the waist is the focal point because it is smaller when compared to the bust and the hips, which are balanced to each other. This is considered the ideal body shape by most women.
  • Inverted triangle body shape  - the bust is prominent or the shoulders are wider than lower body and not in balance to the waist and narrow hips.

When choosing a bridal gown, it doesn't matter what body shape or size you are, because no matter what body shape you have... you can find the perfect wedding dress that compliments you!

Why Does Identifying Your Body Type Matter?

"What matters is that you choose the right wedding dress for your body will that work with your figure and not against it." So the goal is to balance your figure type so it appears to be as proportionate as possible.

It's important to get this right! Why?

Well, not taking your body shape into consideration will be costly later when you get to the alterations phase.

  • Certain areas of a gown can't be altered to accommodate certain areas of the body once it's designed that way.
  • It causes the seamstress to need to take apart parts of the gown not normally done, in order to make it work with your body. Again more costs than normally charged for alterations.
  • Worst case scenario is you aren't happy with the way you look in your dress so you decide you need to do the whole dress shopping thing again to pick another dress.

So now that you see why this important to get right you probably are wondering... 

Which wedding gown is best for your figure body type? That will be covered later. But for right now, guess what? ---- You need to do some further evaluation of your body shape!

Time To Evaluate Your Body Shape

It's time to take a good look at yourself. You likely already know your body shape or figure type. Just in case you don't. This is what you need to do to determine what it is.

Take a look in a full length mirror. Observe yourself from the front and the side view. What do you notice?

  • Do you have a prominent bust or wide shoulders?
  • Maybe you have wide hips, large thighs or a rounded bottom.
  • Are you full around the middle section?
  • Perhaps you have no defining curves when it comes to your bust, waist and hips.
  • Or maybe you feel you are too curvaceous with a very small waist in relation to your bust and hips.

Besides your shape, "your overall appearance" including your height, size and specific body areas must be considered. Even though you fall into a basic body shape, there may be specific areas of your body that may concern you.

These areas can be camouflaged or less attention paid to them by placing the focus somewhere else on your body.

At this point you should know what body type you are so you can find the right wedding dress for your body shape. Go look up your body type so you can now see which gown silhouette  is the best wedding dress for your body shape.

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