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Dress Style Guide
Body Type for Dresses
If you’ve ever watched “Say Yes to the Dress,” you know that finding the perfect dress can be difficult, maybe even impossible. Finding a dress that you love among the overwhelming racks of white cloth can be one of the most stressful parts of planning the wedding. It’s wonderful if you know exactly what you want; your job will be easy. But for those of you that feel completely lost, experts suggest one thing: start with your body type. Dresses are engineered to complement every shape and size, and knowing where to start can simplify the decision and raise your chances of success. Below are the descriptions of each body type and the styles that Impression Bridal suggests for them.
Apple: If you have a large frame where your bottom and hips are full as well as your torso and you have little waist definition then you qualify as having an apple shape. Apple body types generally look great with a high waistline and a skirt that flows out from there, in addition to a fitted corset. As far as a neckline, Impression suggests trying a sweetheart neckline.
Suggested styles: empire and ball gown
Hourglass: When you have an hourglass shape, your shoulders and hips are about the same width and you have a well-defined waist. Impression suggests taking advantage of your defined waistline and proportions by using an embellished or fitted style. Find a dress that hugs your waistline in order to accentuate your curves. The suggested neckline is a scoop.
Suggested styles: Sheath, A-Line, Ball Gown, Dropped Waistline, Mermaid
Inverted Triangle: When you have broad shoulders and your hips are slightly narrower than your shoulders, this is considered to be the inverted triangle body type. Find skirts that are full and textured. This will draw the eye towards the narrowness of your waist and balance out the width of your shoulders. The necklines for this body type vary.
Suggested styles: Sheath, Empire, Ball Gown, A-Line
Rectangle: If your shoulders and hips are about the same width and there is not a lot of waist definition, then you have a rectangle shape. Your main suggestion is to pick a dress that will define your waist. This can be done in a few ways. Dresses with beading, asymmetrical pleats, lace or sashes around the waist are excellent. Empire waists are highly suggested. Portrait necklines tend to work best with the Rectangle style.
Suggested Styles: Sheath, Empire, A-Line, Ball Gown, Mermaid
Pear: When the bottom half of your body, hips, thighs, and bottom, are larger than your upper half you qualify as a pear body type. The goal here is to add depth to your upper half and thereby balance out the dress a bit more. Impression suggests finding a dress that has sleeves and a skirt that flow, allowing the top to blend into the bottom. Dresses with a circular collar are recommended.
Suggested Styles: Empire, A-Line, and Ball Gown styles are very high recommended for your body type
Impression Bridal. Wedding Dress Style Guide.
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