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How To Find The Bridal Gown That Suits Your Shape

Sep 2, 2008
It can be difficult to find a flattering bridal gown, even if you're tall and thin. If you're less stylishly shaped, like a pear shape, hourglass, or apple, or if you're petite, finding the right dress can be a real trial.

Anyone who's a non standard shape, plus sized, or can't find anything that fits shouldn't give up yet. Look in specialty boutiques and non bridal stores, and develop a good working knowledge of what looks good on you to get the right gown for your wedding. Most women fall into one of a few shape categories - here they are, along with what to wear for each.

Classic hourglass shape - Hourglass shaped women have similar bust and hip measurements with a defined waist. Most of them are more than a size fourteen, which can make it a nightmare to shop for gowns. Fortunately, many styles look good on this shape, including strapless gowns, if they have enough support.

Pear shape - A smaller bust and larger hips is referred to as a pear or spoon shape. The goal when buying a gown for this figure is to balance the top half of the body with the larger half. Do this by choosing a bridal gown with more detailing in the bodice to bring the eye upward.

Apple shapes - If you tend to have similarly sized hips and bust, but have a poorly defined waist, your shape is called an apple. Empire waists, when used with long full skirts, can help you de-emphasize your waist and hips. Don't choose a short bridal gown in this style, however - you could look pregnant!

Petite - Women under 165 cm tall are considered petite, and have their own set of bridal gown challenges. Look for a gown that doesn't overwhelm you with detailing and ruffles, and avoid very slim, straight dresses. If you do choose a simple dress of this kind, think about wearing a more elaborate headdress to go with it.

Plus size - Plus sized women have a lot of trouble finding bridal gowns that aren't just sized up from other patterns for smaller women. These dresses almost always have fitting issues. Skip them, and look for a bridal gown boutique that specializes in your size - you'll find them online and in larger cities.

Flattering dresses are important when you choose a gown. However, knowing what styles look good isn't all there is to it. Keep track of the way different brands fit, so you'll know which ones to choose and which not to wear.

Of course, if you're having lots of problems, you can always have a wedding dress customized or made specially to fit you. This is a lot less costly than you might think, and you'll be sure to look great. However, give your seamstress or tailor plenty of time - up to a year - so you'll get the perfect bridal gown for your big day.
About the Author
Peruse all the major makers of Bridal Gowns in Australia at True Bride (www.truebride.com.au), Australia's premier wedding suppliers directory. Read what our brides thought of them and see their rankings before you make any final choices.
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