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How to Choose a Flattering Wedding Dress

by Lindsay Law

Bride wearing a flattering wedding gown

One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning for many women is choosing and trying on wedding dresses. Finding the right wedding gown can be a long journey, however, especially since each woman is shaped differently. Look incredible on your wedding day with these tips on choosing a flattering wedding dress -- and use these tips to find other evening dresses for the big day, too.

Choosing a Flattering Wedding Dress for Your Shape:

  1. Tall and thin: To accentuate your stately frame, go long -- in wedding gown shape and style, that is. Grecian-style bridal gowns are elegant and accentuate long legs; they also shape women with long, slim torsos. Buy a lace wedding dress in a column style, which hugs the body's curves, for a sophisticated look that will create the illusion of an hourglass figure. A sheath wedding dress is also an excellent option, as it flatters tall, slender brides, and a simple wedding dress without heavy beading or embellishments will look great.

  2. Petite: It's easy to overwhelm your figure in a full ball gown wedding dress, and be wary of a vintage wedding dress with a dropped waist, too, because it can make you look shorter. The best wedding dress designs for petite women include A-line wedding dresses and bridal gowns with raised waistlines to visually elongate the frame. A sheath wedding dress will also be flattering to your curves.

  3. Pear-shaped: To camouflage wide hips and a curvy bottom, look for A-line wedding dresses that flare from the natural waistline. Emphasize a narrow upper body with V-neck wedding dress designs or purchase a lace wedding dress in a spaghetti strap style for a flattering wedding dress.

  4. Curvy: Emphasize the smallest parts of your body, especially your waistline, in the right plus-size wedding dress. An empire-waist wedding dress that flares gracefully from the bust line will skim your curves, and a simple wedding dress that's structured and fitted will also be a classic choice.

  5. Ruler: If your body type is straight and thin, a ball gown wedding dress can give you stunning shape, since it emphasizes a narrow waist and torso and hides your slender lower half. Try a vintage wedding dress in a sheath cut for another flattering look. Find a dress with ruching at the bodice to add volume if you have a small bust line.

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