Choosing A Wedding Gown That Will Hide Your Flaws
Our wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses are very important to us. We want everyone to look their best in the ceremony and in the photographs that will be part of our lives forever. It is not a matter of choosing a pretty dress. It is about finding the right dress to accent your beauty and hide any flaws you may have. Once you have found the perfect gown, make sure you include it on your Plumfund account. Keep this information available when shopping for the honeymoon. The general rules apply to everything from Hawaiian trips to winter paradise. Click here for more information.
Dresses that complement your figure
Before you begin, take a good and honest look at yourself in the mirror when you get out of the shower. You must know your flaws before you can address them. Most women are shaped in one of the following ways:
- Pear shaped (fuller hips and smaller bust)
- Hourglass (equally full bust and hips
- Apple (well rounded)
- Inverted triangle (bottom heavy with full hips and legs)
- Rectangle (equally shaped and sized in all areas)
Dress types for your body
Pear shaped women should opt for a dress that pulls the eye up. The right gown is a Goddess or empire waist with an elaborate neckline. The eye is drawn to the face. Bridesmaid dresses look better that are darker in color for this body type.
Hourglass figures are considered perfect. While the bust and hips can be within an inch of each other, the waist is about 9-inches smaller. This lady can wear any dress she chooses. The cut of the dress can be mermaid, A-line, ball gown, or anything else that she wants. Bridesmaids can wear any colors they want from pastels to bright reds or greens.
Apple shaped (also called oval or diamond shaped) women are thick in the middle of the body. Like the pear shaped, she needs a gown that pulls the eye to your face. Never go with a form-fitting dress or a dress that is bound at the waist. If you want a waist, use an empire style that will bid you just above the waist. Wear a gown with a small shoulder pad sewn in. This sound like a 1980’s idea but it actually pulls the eye to the shoulders and away from the middle, Again bridesmaids should wear deeper or darker colors.
Inverted Triangle shaped women are top heavy. They have fuller busts and in this case, you need to pull the eye down. Stay away from tight waists that make the bust look larger. Go with a fuller and more flowing skirt. Pay close attention to the neckline. You want to frame your face and draw attention to is and not too much cleavage.
Rectangle shaped women are usually (or were in the past) athletic. Their bust and hips are about the same size but they have no waist to speak of and a flat bottom. Their arms and legs are thinner. The perfect dress for this lady is a princess cut or a-line dress in a lightweight material that flows over the body to create the illusion of a well-proportioned body. She should not wear form fitting or mermaid styles.
Do not ignore the length of the dresses. Keep in mind the age of the bride or bridesmaid. Here are some general rules based on what length looks best on each body style:
- Floor length dresses for medium height or tall women
- Short or mini dresses for the young woman with very shapely legs
- Casual (base of the knee) is acceptable for any body type or height
Wendy Dessler from OutreachMama