Are you looking for that perfect dress for your upcoming nuptials? And how many times have you heard this piece of advice: “Choose a dress silhouette that flatters your best features and hides the less desirable ones.” Probably a few! Easier said than done, right? But here’s some good news. Once you’ve armed yourself with the knowledge of what body type you are and what dress silhouette best suits that body type, it is almost as easily done as said.
First thing, first – get to know your body type…
On this voyage of discovery, you’ll just need your trusty tape measure and a few minutes of your time. Take down the measurements of your bust, waist and hips – and no cheating!
So, are your bust and hip measurement almost the same and the waist not far behind? You’re in the “straight” body type category. You’re probably athletic and have what’s referred to as a “boyish” figure.
Are your hips larger than your bust? You’re a “pear.” If the reverse is true, you’re an “apple.” Doesn’t this all sound tasty?
If your measurements are in the hips > bust > waist formulation, you’re a “spoon.” But, if your bust and hip dimensions are almost equal while your waist is much smaller, you have the “hourglass” body type (hello, Marilyn Monroe!).
Finding the Right Gown for Your Silhouette
The Traditional Ball Gown
This design is most effective for all those brides-to-be in the “straight” body type category. The fitted bodice cinched at the waist, and the flaring full skirt will make you look curvier. The “hourglass,” the “spoon” and “pear” ladies will also look good in this classic line – the full skirt will both de-emphasize or emphasize the hips and thighs area—whichever ruse is required. But, if you’re of petite stature, this cut is not the best choice – you’ll look all swallowed up by all this tulle!
The Wavy Mermaid
The Mermaid style just begs for the “hourglass” and the two fruit body type brides-to-be who want to show off their curves. And your curves will certainly be eye-catching in this tapered, form-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs, flaring out around the knee. But, if you’re not comfortable in confining scales or tight clothing, swim away from this one!
Sheath (aka the Column)
A great look for the sleek, “straight” figures! This form outlining dress flows loosely, naturally creating the illusion of curves. It also adds length to the body, so if you’re petite and trim, this is the ideal design for you. But, if you’re a curvy “pear” or an “hourglass,” this one is to be avoided – the pears will look unbalanced, and the hourglass brides will end up looking boxy.
The Slinky Drop Waist
If you have that hourglass figure or are apple-formed and have a trim core, the drop waist style is for you. This design really hugs your waist and hips, flaring out slightly below the waistline around the hip area. The straight-type body types and spoons, however, beware! This cut tends to make us seem even less curvy, and will accentuate the lower portion of the figure.
Hourglass brides-to-be who want a formfitting but not too cumbersome ensemble rejoice! This straight-lined skirt flares from the knee toward the hem, forming a —yes, you guessed it, a trumpet shape!
The All-Rounder A-line
The most versatile cut of all! Pretty much good for all body types. Narrow at the top, it extends out along the body in the shape of the letter “A”. The fuller skirt and cinched waist will give curves to those of us lacking in that department, but will also de-emphasize the hips/thighs area if so required. That’s the reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes!
But, if you want to rock that sexy vibe as you strut down the aisle, this one may be a bit lacking in the sizzle factor!
Remember, these are only guidelines. Your body type may not fit perfectly into any of the categories, but at the very least, it will hover around it.
Ultimately, if you really have your heart set on a particular dress, there are no rules against choosing whatever you want. It’s how you feel wearing your dress that matters most!