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Dressing Your Silhouette
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As much as you may want to adorn a real piece of sequined craftsmanship, you’re not a hanger, you’re a blushing bride, and your dress should be working to show off your allure, not the other way around. A good gown won’t distract from what you’ve got going on neck up, but a great dress will also enhance the best of your shape below, while concealing the less-than-perfect.
Most wedding dress shops will assign an attendant to help you find something that will suit your personality and silhouette. Trust this woman, as she’s fitted hundreds of brides into hundreds of dresses. Be open to everything, keeping in mind that a blah dress on a hanger can come to life when conformed to your curves.
a-line - fit for all
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A-line wedding dresses are both classic and all-around flattering, slimming every torso type with a fitted bodice that flows down and out. The princess dress is a slight variation, with vertical seams creating the illusion of length. Another way to add height in an a-line is by going retro cocktail with a shorter, trendy hemline.
ball gowns - hip princess
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Ball gowns merge a fitted bodice with a full skirt, perfect for showing off a tiny waist and cloaking a heavier lower half (pear-shapes). Even if your figure fits this picture, shorter frames should stay clear of such an overwhelming style.
A great twist on the look is the flat-front ball gown, best described as having smooth, seamless lines in front, and full pleats in the back. Take the dress down to an earthier, more sensual place, where the bodice is fitted through the hips. This is known as the dropped-waist ball gown, ideal for showing off a slim figure.
sheath - long and lean
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Sheath wedding gowns flow straight down, making them form-fitting, but often without any built-in structure. They work for those who are either petite or very tall and comfortable showing off their figure. More modest brides should look out for those more structured sheaths, and avoid thin fabrics like satin or silk.
mermaid - vava voom
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Mermaid or trumpet dresses tightly make their way downwards, accentuating every curve along the way before flaring out into a full hemline at the knee. This style tends to flatter tall and hourglass shapes, and elongate petite women. However, pear-shapes beware of creating an even fuller lower half.
empire - dangerous curves ahead
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Empire wedding dresses feature a high waistline located directly below the bust, and flow towards the ground from there. They enhance the upper body while hiding any lower body imperfections. Empire waists compliment almost all body types, with the expectation of the inverted triangle silhouette.
your wedding neckline
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Necklines are another factor to consider, once again dependent on your body type and the statement you hope to make. Sleeveless is always pretty, because it let’s your face be the focal point (scoops necks do the same thing), although curvier women may want to try a v-neck or halter for extra support. Those with wide hips and small torsos should try embellished or off-the-shoulder looks, creating the illusion of balance. For the same reason, they should avoid halters.