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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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Ideas for an entirely unique bridal look

Have you ever wondered why even the most bold women choose to dress conservatively on their wedding day? If you take a look at the wedding pictures of your friends, it is likely that you will find them to be similar and safe. Weddings are the occasion when nobody wants to take a risk.

Why don’t you do something different and surprise everyone, for a change? It doesn’t take too much to make a statement, and here are some ideas to make sure your wedding look is unique and memorable.

Colored gowns

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For those of you who are really bold enough to defy tradition, choose a colored gown. Or if you aren’t fond of white, don’t settle for it on your wedding day. You will find stunning wedding gowns in every color of the rainbow, so pick the color that suits your skin tone the best. If you do not want to go all the way with color, how about choosing a white gown with a colorful print on it instead? There are plenty of white gowns with contrasting black details, but you can also find ones with embellishments in different colors.

Unique hair accessories

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Pep up your bridal ensemble with one or two oversize accessories. The obvious choice is to use a large, but beautiful hairpiece or you could switch it for a large flower or a floral headband. Other options include chunky necklaces and colorful waistbands.

Two-piece wedding dresses

Replace the traditional long flowing wedding gown with a two-piece ensemble. My Lady Designs bridal collection, for example, allows you to mix and match any skirt with any bodice from the collection to create your own unique dress.

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For the bride who wants something really different, you can even switch out the wedding gown for a pant suit instead. With this choice, your guests will always remember you unconventional, not to mention unusual look.

A hat and a veil

Replace the traditional tiara or headpiece with a hat over your veil. Wondering how you will turn out in it? You will undoubtedly be a picture-perfect bride. Perfect for an outdoor garden wedding, consider this option if your wedding style is casual or semi-formal.

Unconventional shoes

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How about stepping out of those uncomfortable heels and wearing a pair of comfy sneakers to your wedding? Or pair your wedding dress with a stunning pair of knee high boots. It is up to you to choose whether you would like to show off your shoes or keep them hidden under your wedding dress and keep your guests guessing what it is that you’ve chosen to wear.

A shorter hemline

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The traditional wedding gown is long and white. But, you can always step up the drama by choosing a shorter hemline. The length of your dress can range from knee length to ankle length, and you can even pair it with a colorful underskirt for a vintage look. An asymmetrical hemline like you see in this Mori Lee gown would render you the epitome of style. With a shorter wedding dress, you can be certain of one thing—it will be practical, stylish and unique.

Which of these fashion-forward bridal dress ideas would you consider for a unique wedding day look? To take a closer look at these fantastic wedding dresses featured here or for more wedding tips and advice, visit us on Best for Bride.

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5 reasons we love short bridesmaid dresses

Just like bridesmaids come in all sizes and shapes, so do bridesmaid dresses. From long flowing elaborately embellished bridesmaid dresses, to short and sweet ones, we’ve seen them all. The long evening gown is classic and elegant in it’s own right, but there is a certain charm to a short bridesmaid dress. Here are the top five reasons for why we love short dresses, and you should too!

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1.Short dresses cost less

Less fabric directly translates to lower cost. Of course, this also depends on the dress you choose. But, as a general rule, a similar dress with a shorter hemline will be cheaper than a dress that extends to full-length.

2.Chances of reusing the dress are greater

When a girl signs up to be a bridesmaid, she knows that a new dress is on the cards. However, the bride should remember that she cannot always use her bridesmaid dress again. At least in most cases, and especially when the dress is typical bridesmaid style. The exception is in the case of a short dress, as it may work for her when she goes out for an evening with her girlfriends. So, help your friend get the most of her money by choosing a short dress instead of a long one. The chances of reuse are maximized when the color is a neutral and the pattern that isn’t common bridesmaid choice.

3.They make your bridesmaids look young and smart

Long gowns are ladylike and elegant, while short dresses are fun and cheerful. There is no doubt that a woman looks much younger and more smart when the dress is short and well-fitted. She looks more confident and chic in a short dress, and if she has pretty legs, you would be doing her a favor by letting her flaunt them in a short hemline.

4.The shorter style fits a casual setting easily

The best thing about short bridesmaid dresses is that it is refreshingly casual. If your wedding style borders on semi-formal to informal, a short bridesmaid dress is the best choice you can consider. If your wedding is to be held outdoors, it also makes a practical choice. Remember that your bridesmaids will be running around a lot, so it only makes it a lot easier to manage in a short dress that doesn’t stifle her movements. Short hemlines paired with other casual elements like ruffles, lace and frills make the textures at your wedding photographs interesting. What is more, when you are in a long gown, your dress will instantly be in focus against the shorter hemlines of your bridesmaids, in photographs.

5.Short dresses allow your bridesmaids to choose unusual and interesting shoes

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We love this idea, which we found on the Exclusively Weddings blog. Unlike a long gown, which covers up most of the leg and gives you less chance of showing off stylish footwear, short bridesmaid dresses allow you to give your bridesmaids a cohesive look with the same style of shoes. In winter, consider having them wear chic boots that look dressy. For a summer wedding, you can have your bridesmaids in a neutral colored dress, and add that interesting pop of color by choosing similar shoes in a vibrant shade.

So, what do you say? Do you prefer short bridesmaid dresses to longer ones? Let us know.

Visit our bridesmaids dress collection on Best for Bride, and make your choice from the best you can find, whether you prefer long or short dresses for your favorite girls.

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Stylish wedding dresses for classic wedding themes

When we think of a vintage wedding, it is the 1920’s or 1950’s that come to mind. These were indeed the eras of fashionable extravaganza. The various designs that were popular during those decades had signature style, and it continues to inspire designers to this day. Wedding dresses that feature the characteristic style elements of these time periods are perfect for a classic wedding theme.

Let us explore the various factors that will allow you to recreate the magic of the vintage fashion eras through your wedding day look, and still look modern and attractive. These features are available in the most modern wedding dresses, and will be perfect for your vintage-style wedding.

Join us as we look at some fabulous designs from the latest collections that will transform you into a modern bride, with a classic twist.

Glamor and sparkle with embellishments and dropped waists

The Jazz age or the1920’s were an era of sparkle and shine. Dresses that were complete with extensive embellished works were very popular. This style is once again back in fashion, with many designers bringing out dresses with beading, metallic embroidery, embellishments with rhine stones and crystals.

Another fashionable choice that was very popular was the dropped waist design, that elongates the torso and makes the bride look slimmer and taller.

Pair it with finger-waves hair and an elaborate hairband, and you are set to rock the stage.

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This beautiful wedding dress from the Sophia Tolli 2015 collection features a dropped waist design with an embellished neckline and straps. The mermaid inspired silhouette adds a modern twist to an otherwise classic pattern; it is perfect for a beach wedding.

Sheath silhouettes and lace gowns

During this era, women bid adieu to tight corsets, and ball gowns. Instead, they embraced their natural beauty by flaunting sheath silhouettes. Lace dresses were also a huge hit, and lace is the perfect choice for a truly vintage look.

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This fantastic lace slip dress from the Madison Spring 2015 collection features a sheath silhouette that defines your natural curves. The lace adds a classic touch to the design.

Tea Length wedding dresses for the original 1950’s look

After the classic show of natural beauty in the 1920’s, the 1950’s heralded an era of casual, fun and retro looks. The wedding scene wasn’t spared from this effect. To rock this theme at your wedding, the bridal gown should ideally fall just below the knee.

Elbow length gloves, and fashionable accessories like stoles and wraps were huge hits. So, you can add these to your wedding outfit, to fit the theme.

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This bridal dress from the Mori Lee 2013 spring collection is feminine and fun. It is a good choice for a vintage wedding theme. For a modern twist on the 1950’s look, brides can choose short dresses with a colorful underskirt to update their look. Consider adding a red underskirt to the one we just looked at, it would give you a subtle contemporary touch that is just right.

Visit our online gallery of wedding dresses to find more spectacular dresses that fit the vintage wedding theme. You can also find the accessories to go with your wedding dress at our website. So, drop by and enjoy what you see.