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3 wedding dress silhouette suggestions for each of the different body types

Just like brides come in all shapes and sizes, so do wedding gowns. So, we can safely conclude that there is a gown out there for every bride. While you have the freedom to choose what you wear on your wedding day, making the right choice will help you look your best. This is easy once you know your body type and choose a dress silhouette that flatters your best features and hides the less desirable ones.

This is what we will look at today.Join us as we help you to identify your body type and then find the silhouettes that will look best on you.

How to identify your body shape

The first step is to identify your body type. There are several different ways to do this. However, we will opt for the simplest and most straightforward method. For this, we suggest you measure three parts of your body – your bust, waist and hips.

1.Bust measurement: Make sure to wear a properly fitting bra when you take this measurement. Run the tape measure along the circumference of your bust and measure it at the largest point. The tape shouldn’t be too tight, but should just fit around you snugly.

2.Waist measurement: Stand straight and measure the smallest section of your waist, keeping your stomach relaxed and not sucked in. Again the tape should be held snug, and not tight.

3.Hip measurement: To measure your hips stand straight and run the tape along the circumference of the widest part of your hips and bottom.

Now that you have these three measurements, compare the three to identify which category you belong to, from the following list.

Straight: Here the bust and hip measure almost the same. The waist measurement is slightly lesser than either of the other two measurements.

Triangle or pear body type: The hips are larger than the bust and the waist gradually increases or slopes out towards the hips.

Spoon body type : The hips measure more than the bust and the waist is slightly smaller than the bust. The hips have a prominent shelf-like shape. So, the measurements will be hips>bust>waist

Hourglass body type: Here the bust and hip measurements are almost similar, with a smaller and well defined waistline.

Inverted Triangle or Apple body type: As the name suggests, here the bust is the most prominent portion of the body. The waist and hips are narrow and the waistline is not very evident.

By now, you should have identified your body shape based on the above descriptions. Next, let us look at 3 of the best dress silhouettes that are suitable for each of these body shapes and also see a few gown examples to understand why this is so.

Remember that this is only a general guideline. There are always exceptions and you may even find that you look great in a silhouette that isn’t suggested for your body shape. Nevertheless, the guide here will give you a starting point to base your selection on.

Dress silhouette suggestions for the different body types

#Straight or Rectangle

The main concern for brides with a rectangular or straight body structure are the lack of curves. It is quite easy for these women to however, create the illusion of curves by choosing appropriate wedding dresses.

Suggested gown silhouettes

  • A-line dresses
  • Ball gowns
  • Sheath

Silhouettes to avoid

  • Fit and flare

Two silhouettes that can emphasize your slender waist and create an hourglass look are ball gowns and A-line skirts. In the case of ball gowns, the dress blows out into a beautiful skirt from the waist, and this can create the illusion of a fuller figure. The A-line on the other hand is a silhouette that falls gently and emphasizes the existing curves of a bride by pulling in the waist and opening out at the skirt. The third silhouette that looks good on straight body shapes is the sheath. The loose style of this silhouette is such that it creates a curvy look to your straight structure. Since it has no figure fitting parts, it flows gently and covers up your naturally straight structure with more bulk, creating the illusion of curves. Short dress styles also look good on brides with straight figures. Short wedding dresses with A-line skirts and sweetheart necklines in particular, look very feminine and dainty on these body shapes and are perfect for a summer or spring wedding.

Here are some examples that demonstrate why these silhouettes will work on these body shapes.

This Jasmine T172010 A-line wedding dress gently pinches at the waist emphasizing the slender waistline, with the floral appliques drawing attention to this section. The added advantage of this dress is the sweetheart neckline that adds more contour to the bust area making it look extra-feminine.

The Mori Lee 2721 Ball Gown has a richly embellished bodice and a very poufy skirt that easily camouflages the lack of curves in a straight figure. The lavish details on the bodice emphasize the waistline, making it a perfect choice for a slender bride with a straight figure.

This dress created by our in-house designers features a sheath silhouette that smoothly falls over your natural curves without fitting too closely. The smooth finish creates the illusion of extra curves while the sweetheart neckline adds more dimension to a small bust.

#Triangle or Pear shape

This figure is characterized by fuller hips and thighs, while the upper section is less prominent. To balance out the bulk of the lower half, these brides should choose gown silhouettes where the skirt flows away from the hips. The upper half of the neckline, which includes the neckline and sleeves should be chosen to create the illusion of a fuller bust and the overall look will be curvy to the right extent.

Suggested gown silhouettes

  • Ball gowns
  • Short skirts
  • A-line dresses

Dresses to avoid

  • Fit and flare

Ball gowns flare out into a full skirt from the waist, thus camouflaging fuller thighs. Club it with an illusion or bateau neckline fashioned to add extra dimension to your bust and you can easily accomplish the hourglass look. Short skirts that angle away from the body in either sheath or A-line fashion can help you maximize your feminine appeal. A-line dresses with a clinched waistline or ruchings that de-emphasize your hips by drawing attention away from the hips and thighs will also look good. Here are some examples.

The Mori Lee 2711 ball gown with an illusion neckline is just perfect for adding those curves at the waist to a triangle-shaped bride. The sweetheart bodice and illusion neckline pairing also add more dimension to the bust line.

The Mori Lee 6749 wedding dress has a shorter hemline and a full skirt that easily camouflages the full hips of a pear-shaped bride, while the closed neckline makes the bust area more prominent.

Mori Lee 2776 with an A-line skirt and sheer neckline formed of lace appliques help the pear-shaped bride balance out both parts of her body, by creating the illusion of a fuller chest due to the neckline design and presence of lace in the sleeves.

#Spoon shape

Although similar to the hourglass body shape, brides with this body shape have a waist which is less prominent. It is an easy body shape to work with, as you can highlight your curves with a dress that emphasizes your bust and gathers at the natural waistline or slightly above it.

Suggested gown silhouettes

  • Ball gowns
  • Short dresses with skirts that angle away from the waist
  • A-line with waistline above natural waistline

Dresses to avoid

  • Fitted gowns

In ball gowns the skirt balloons out either at or above the natural waistline. This can hide the bulk of the hips and thighs in this body shape. The same effect is achieved by short dresses with an A-line or ballerina style skirt that angles away from the hips. The universally flattering A-line wedding gown with layers that cascade away from the waist down and aren’t form-fitted is another option to consider. Check out the examples to understand this better.

The MoriLee 2775 features a ball gown with a skirt that has just the sufficient amount of pouf to balance out a spoon-shaped figure. The sweetheart neckline amplifies the femininity of the bride and the embellished bodice adds to its prominence.

This Mori Lee dress from the Voyage collection is a perfect choice for the spoon-shaped bride, as the skirt angles away from the waist and hips, and creates a balanced silhouette.

This 6794 Mori Lee A-line gown creates a fuller bust due to the asymmetrical ruching that criss-crosses in the bodice. The waistline is slightly elevated, thus hiding the original shape of the hips and thighs.

#Hourglass figure

A balanced feminine figure which is curvy on both the halves and with a slender waistline, this is the figure that most wedding gowns are created for. While brides with an hourglass figure can carry off most dresses without a problem, there are certain silhouettes that can really enhance your femininity and allow you to flaunt your beautiful figure to the most.

Suggested gown silhouettes

  • Fit and flare gowns
  • Sheath gowns
  • Ball gowns

Fit and flare gowns closely follow your natural curves all the way down to your thighs or hips, from where they open up into a fuller skirt. These are ideal choices for the classic hourglass structure. It allows you to flaunt your slender waistline and curvy figure, and you will look perfect in it when you choose the sleeves and neckline that emphasizes your features to the best. Sheath gowns drape your natural curves closely, again creating a beautiful picture where your natural figure is highlighted to your advantage. In the case of ball gowns, a structured bodice with ample detailing and a full skirt can play up the drama and help you accomplish a timeless look.

The Jasmine T172013 is the perfect fit and flare gown to play up your beautiful curves to perfection. The beautiful lace has just a small embellishment along the neckline to create extra sophistication.

This beautiful gown from the Mori Lee Voyage collection with a sheath silhouette is perfect for an hourglass figure, as it drapes over your sensual curves rendering extra beauty to your sexy figure.

The Mori Lee 2690 gathers at the slender waist highlighting it prominently against the rich, bouncy skirt that it flows into. It is perfect to show off the femininity of an hourglass figure.

#Inverted Triangle or Apple shape

These brides have a prominent bust with narrow hips and thighs. By choosing the right gown silhouette, you can hide the lack of curves in the lower half, while toning down the prominence of your ample bust.

Suggested gown silhouettes

  • Mermaid or fit and flare gowns
  • Short A-line skirts
  • Ball gowns

Silhouettes to avoid

  • Sheath

A well-structured mermaid or fit and flare gown, with a corset or illusion top that can reduce the impact of your prominent bust. It will allow you to balance out your wide upper body with the help of a full skirt. If you have well-toned legs, you can de-emphasize your upper body by drawing attention to your legs with the help of a beautiful short A-line dress with layers that add more bulk to your hips and waist. The full-skirt in a ball gown design will balance out your broad shoulders and create an hourglass style look. So, these are the patterns to consider if you are apple shaped.

The Alfred Angelo 2521 wedding gown is a good choice for the apple shaped bride. The fit and flare skirt will balance out the broad shoulders and de-emphasize the thin hips and thighs with the texture it has in the lower half.

The 2429 Alfred Angelo A-line skirt opens out towards the knees, camouflaging thinner thighs and hips associated with this body type. The illusion neckline and cap sleeves also tone down the shoulder width, making it a perfect choice for apple-shaped brides.

Another dress from the Alfred Angelo Collection, the 2508 ball gown is a good choice for brides with an inverted triangle body structure, as its thickly layered skirt will accentuate the width of the lower body and balance out the broad upper torso.

With a vast collection of designer dresses in all sizes and shapes, Best for Bride is the dream wedding destination for every bride, irrespective of what her body shape is. Come visit us today, and enjoy your shopping experience to the most.

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The best bridal earrings for different wedding dresses

The earrings you choose for your wedding day play a huge role in determining your wedding day look. The right pair will complement your dress, and enhance your facial features by creating the right impact.

When choosing your earrings, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some earrings look better than others, for a specific type of wedding dress. Let us find out what they are.

Vintage style wedding dresses

Typical traditional wedding dresses have a timeless elegance that is best complemented by vintage style earring designs. Silver and gold earrings in classic designs look good, as do earrings with intricate stone work and floral designs. Natural pearl earrings also work with these dresses, either in the form of drops or studs. Colorful gemstones highlighted with white stones along the borders are another good choice.

Mermaid gowns and sheath silhouettes

These contemporary designs are very stylish, and can be enhanced with matching modern earring designs. It is a good idea to match the stone color on the earrings to the embellishments on the dress. Sparkling stones in different colors work well, but it is best to go for a silver or clear base instead of gold. Similarly, white cultured pearls work better than natural pearls, when worn with modern dress silhouettes.

Heavily embellished ball gowns

Most ball gowns feature intricate detailing on the bodice, and an elaborate skirt. This pattern is usually very dressy, and it isn’t advisable to add too many accessories and clutter the look. Simple stud earrings or long drop earrings that are simple, but elegant are the ideal choice. If the dress features an embellished neckline or a high collar, you can cut the sparkle from your earring to avoid a crowded look. Stud earrings are also a good choice for women who don’t usually wear earrings, but wish to find one to complete their wedding outfit. With studs, you have the flexibility of choosing a size that is appropriate for your face.

Modern fit and glamorous gowns

When your wedding look is glamorous with a fit and flare gown, ruffles in the skirt, an off-the-shoulder neckline or a stylish A-line skirt, your accessories should also accentuate the effect. Long or short statement earrings, with plenty of sparkle can give you a dressy edge. Just remember that the more bling your earring has, you have to balance it out in your necklace, so you don’t look over the top. Stone-studded hoops, crystal detail earrings and tassels are all good ideas for a Hollywood-inspired wedding day look.

Wedding dresses with short hemlines

The shorter hemline is associated with casual weddings, and so classic earring patterns may not look good with them. The two obvious choices that do work, are thin, long earrings and big bling studs. The latter goes well with layered frocks, while the former is a better choice when your dress is fitted all the way.

Pick your wedding jewelry, including the earrings for your big day from our collection at Best for Bride. With the option to either rent or buy from our collection, you will be spoilt for choice. So, visit us today.

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Bridal Fashion through the decades

Like everything in the world of fashion, bridal outfits have also changed drastically with each passing decade. Over the century, bridal dresses have changed in length, silhouette, neckline patterns, sleeves, colors, fabric and styles.

Here we bring you the typical bridal fashion choices associated with each era. So, find all the wedding dress inspiration that you need to carve your unique wedding look around it.

1920’s and 30’s Gatsby Style

The Great Gatsby wedding inspired long flowing lace dresses, embellished with beading. Although the style later changed from dropped waist wedding dresses to those that once again featured the waistline, the overall effect was one of women embracing their sensuality and letting it shine through. The 30’s and 40’s were years marked by war, and the Great Depression had brides turning to practical and sensible options for wedding dresses. Many brides even chose to just wear their Sunday best for their big celebration.

Featured here is a magnificent gown from the Jasmine Couture ’14 collection. The beautiful play of lace on a simple fit and flare silhouette works perfectly for a 1920’s inspired wedding theme.

Stylish 1950’s and 60’s

This era introduced us to the sweetheart neckline and shorter hemlines. Tiered wedding dresses were a huge hit, with elaborate lace details being the trend. The illusion neckline made its debut, although in a very modest form, with the sweetheart neckline being barely visible under high collared lace necklines. The 60’s popularized empire waistlines and metallic embellishments.

This Mori Lee wedding dress 6749 from the 2014 Voyage Collection is just perfect for a 1950’s or 60’s theme wedding, with its lace illusion neckline and short hemline.

1980’s fairytale princess gowns

Princess Diana set the trend for princess style fairy tale gowns in the 1980’s. Wedding dresses featuring elaborate trains, flowing skirts, full sleeves and gathered or basque waists were the new trend in wedding fashion.

Featured here is a princess-style gown from the Mori Lee Spring 2015 collection. It is missing the statement enormous puff sleeves, or it would look the exact part of a 1980’s wedding gown.

Contemporary 1990’s style

As women of the 1990’s explored fashion, the wedding dress too took many shapes and forms. Lace was still popular, and elaborate ball gowns were still the rage. Illusion necklines and off-the-shoulder necklines were also growing in popularity, as women dared to bare more skin. Most women preferred puffed sleeves or shorter sleeves, in place of the full-sleeve gowns of the previous decade. The famous wedding movies like Father of the Bride and Four Weddings and a Funeral portrayed the common fashion styles of the time.

Our pick is this pretty ball gown with lace on the bodice from the Mori Lee 2015 collection.

The dynamic 2000’s and 2010’s

As we step into the 21st century, the strapless style makes its appearance. Simpler silhouettes such as the sheath and minimalist wedding dresses were growing in importance. In the 2010’s, a new wedding dress style was the mermaid-inspired or fit and flare gown. This continues to be a favorite with the slim modern woman.

This strapless mermaid gown belongs to the Mori Lee 2014 wedding collection. It is a common pattern we see brides of our generation sporting.

That wraps it up. To take a closer look at any of these gowns, and to find more choices, visit our bridal collection at Best for Bride today.

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Beginner’s Guide: How to Embellish a Wedding Dress – Everything You Need To Know

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More and more couples are using their creativity to enhance the wedding with DIY decorations and centerpieces. The DIY trend isn’t stopping with decorations. Brides are always on the hunt of how to embellish a wedding dress and adding details in different ways to give it a personal touch. They might add fantastic little details such as beads or appliqués. Whether it is a smidge more lace or covering the entire bodice with beading, the options are endless to customize the bridal dress.

There are several advantages when you embellish a wedding dress. Let us look at what they are.

Different advantages of adding wedding gown embellishments

When you embellish a wedding dress, your bridal gown will look more expensive

Beginner’s Guide: How to Embellish a Wedding Dress - Everything You Need To Know

Embellishments can be used to upgrade the overall look of a simple and inexpensive wedding dress. Brides will know that an embellished gown can be pricey. So, if you are on a budget but want to enjoy the look for less, embellishments are the way to go. With the right choice of embellishments, you can add a gaudy touch to a simple wedding gown and make it look more expensive than what you actually paid for it.

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