How To Find A Wedding Dress Which Suits You Well

For most women, trying on extravagant gowns is a wonderful way to pass the time. But this is no ordinary retail therapy – this purchase could well be the most important, not to mention expensive, dress you’ll ever buy. The right style for you should reflect your personal style as well as the wedding theme, the time of a year, and of course, your budget. But ultimately, a gown that works with your body shape will make you look and feel like a million dollars.

Goddess
Grecian inspired, a goddess silhouette has a breezy, ethereal quality – you’ll feel like Helen of Troy walking down the aisle. Below the fitted bustline, the style is loose and flowing, so fabrics that drape and gather easily, such as chiffon or silk-crepe, are often used. This demure look is ideal for both curvy and slender shapes as it lightly skims the body, so for those who are self-conscious of their stomach or proportions, this style helps conceal any problem areas. Draping and gathering can be used to create the illusion of a fuller bust if desired.

Sheath
A sheath or column style is for the confident woman who appreciates classic elegance. The simple silhouette is closely fitted to the body from neckline to hem, with no distinct shaping to the skirt. While the style can be made in virtually any fabric, bear in mind the narrow skirt style can be restrictive. As its body skimming, the cut looks best on slender women who want a sleek look and is best avoided if you feel uncomfortable with your hips or derriere.

A-line
It’s no wonder the A-line dress is one of the most popular gown styles: it’s flattering to most body shapes – from those with bombshell curves to pear-shaped and petite frames. Depending on the fabric and details, this gown can be simply chic, or outrageously couture. The A-line is aptly named, as the skirt angles out from directly below the waist in an A-formation.

Ballgown
If you’re dreaming of a traditional fairytale wedding and want to feel like Cinderella, your heart will be set alight by a formal ballgown style. The skirt flares out from the waistline and is often supported by a crinoline fabric which gives a dramatic ‘pouf’ effect: it is best teamed with a tightly fitted bodice or corset. The ballgown style completely covers the legs and derriere, and balances wide shoulders by accentuating the waist.

Trumpet
The confident woman who loves to show off her dramatic sense of style will love the high-impact trumpet dress, with its tightly fitted bodice to the hips, and flouncy skirt that flares from mid-thigh. The trumpet cuts a similar silhouette to the mermaid style, so the trumpet dress will look best if you have well-proportioned hourglass curves, or have an athletic or slim frame and want to create the illusion of a voluptuous shape.

Empire
The empire style features a cropped bodice that ends just below the bustline, which is accompanied by a long and narrow, or subtle A-line skirt – creating an illusion of height. Often made with soft fabrics such as crepe, chiffon, organza or silk velvet, this style flatters most body shapes, and ruching or lace detailing at the bodice can help create the appearance of more voluptuous curves. If you’d like to minimise attention around the bodice, draw attention instead to the skirt with flourishes of fabric or beading.

Mermaid
It’s not the most forgiving gown shape, but if you’re blessed with a well-proportioned hourglass figure, or a tall, athletic physique, this chic style oozes sex appeal and glamour. The cut hugs the curves from bust to knee, then flares into a full skirt accentuating hips, thighs and derriere. The top of the gown can take on a variety of shapes: high neck, plunging halter-neck, strapless or sweetheart and the mermaid but also works well with long sleeves. As the silhouette is structured, this style lends itself to stiff fabrics such as satin, velvet, georgette and duchess satin.

Ask Meenouir Cheung, who is from DressesShop.com, for advice in areas of Wedding Dresses and Party Dresses. We write numerous articles providing information for the customers. We carry a fabulous collection of Wedding Dresses designed to complement your bridal outfit.

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