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Basque, Empire, Dropped, Natural and other wedding dress Waistlines

The waistline of your wedding dress is important in defining your overall wedding day look. It is one feature that can make all the difference between whether you look tall or short and slender or curvy. Picking the right waistline for your dress can help you balance your entire look.

Let us look at the various types of waistlines that appear on wedding dresses, and help you identify the ones that are right for your body shape.

Basque

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This waistline lies close to the natural waist, but the seams from either side interconnect to form an inverted triangle in the front. It is usually found on structured ball gowns, where it defines the beginning of a layered skirt, and minimizes the size of the hips.

It looks best if you are pear-shaped or have an hourglass figure. The dip in the center creates the illusion of length and the pattern is slimming.

Avoid if you have a large waistline or if you are apple-shaped.

Empire

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The waistline is defined right below the bust, and the skirt usually flows loosely to hide the natural waist, while drawing attention to the chest.

It looks best on shorter brides who wish to look lean and tall and brides with small busts. It is also a good choice if your tummy looks puffy despite using inner shapewear.

Avoid if you are large-chested, as the pattern draws focus to your chest area.

Dropped Waist

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A dropped waist falls lower than the natural waistline. It creates the illusion of a longer and leaner torso.

It looks best if you have a small natural waistline, an hourglass figure or wide-hips.

Avoid if you are petite or if your natural waistline is already low.

Natural Waist

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As the name suggests, the waistline of the dress coincides with your actual waistline, just above your hips. It creates an hourglass figure, while reducing your length by adding a seam at the centre.

It looks best if you have a slender waist or are hourglass-figured. When the dress is a ball gown it works for pear-shaped brides too

Avoid if you are apple-shaped.

Asymmetrical

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Another more popular design is the asymmetrical waistline, where the seams drape the body asymmetrically, usually in a diagonal fashion. When it is done properly in a suitable fabric that holds its shape, it suits most body types.

It looks best on brides who are tall and slim, with an hourglass figure.

Avoid if you are short, as the diagonal drape of the waistline can make you look even shorter.

No Waistline

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These dresses have no noticeable waistline. Instead it flows gently from the bodice to the skirt, fitting snugly along your natural body curves.

It looks best on brides with hourglass figures, or those who are slender with just the right amount of curves.

Avoid if you are rectangular or wish to camouflage any problem areas with the help of your wedding dress silhouette.

While these rules can help, a dress may still drape differently from what is expected. The best way to find out is to try it on and see for yourself.

To check these wedding dresses out, or to find more options in the pattern you love, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Cocktail length dresses for the chic mother of the bride

Cocktail length dresses are one of our favorite looks for mothers of the bride and groom. Not only is it chic and stylish, it is comfortable and practical too. This pattern of the dress hemline hitting just above the knee is versatile, and can take you from morning to evening. Being a classic style, that has forever been fashionable, a cocktail length dress will give you the elegance you need in your important role as the parent of the bride or groom.

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Here are some styling tips to help you choose your dress for this memorable occasion, and how you can accessorize to look just perfect on the day.

Choose a dress that plays up your best features and hides ones that aren’t so attractive

Different patterns highlight different features of your body. If there is a feature that you are particularly proud of, choose a cocktail dress that will emphasize it. This could be your slim waist, shapely legs or tight bust. For example, this beautifully textured Mori Lee dress has small embellishments on the square neckline, that draw attention to the model’s upper half. The illusion sleeves also shift focus to slender arms that are just visible, beneath the fabric. If you want to show off your slender figure and shift attention away from your legs, this is the dress for you.

Choose the right length and waistline depending on how tall you want to look

A shorter hemline gives the impression of longer legs and can help you look taller. Not only is this style good for showing off well-toned legs, but you also look well-groomed. Similarly, positioning of the waistline can also make you look taller or shorter than you actually are. An empire waist, for example starts just below the bust and makes you look taller. But it is a pattern that can add more bulk to your frame. So choose it accordingly.

Choose the colors and prints wisely

Cocktail dresses are available in a range of colors and prints, but not every design is suitable for every frame. If you have on the bigger side, wear loud prints and patterns. If you are generally small to medium-built, it is better to choose solid colors and simple patterns that aren’t too overwhelming. Also, make sure that the color is one that complements your skin tone. Try it on and see how you look in natural lighting, to make sure that the color enhances your facial features and makes you look attractive.

Accessorize wisely

A general rule when choosing accessories for your dress is that it should go with the dress, and not work against it. Choose shoes that match or are of a neutral color. If your dress is simple, feel free to wear statement jewelry and larger accessories. If your accessories are huge and your dress is also loud, your look can be too cluttered.

To find the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress, visit us on Best for Bride. Our collection features dresses of all designs and patterns. You will have no trouble finding one that is just perfect for this important day in your life.