Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day and full figured women are no exception. Choosing the right style wedding gown that fits your body shape can give you confidence to walk down the aisle. We compiled some guidelines to help you find the prefect wedding gown…no matter what shape you are.
A-line style is the best silhouette for a full figured women as the style can help hide full hips and larger thighs. Also, it lengthens your whole body and keeps attention away from your waistline. The ball gown is another good choice, but it is not the best for women who have heavy upper chest or/and arms as they can create a sense of roundness. Avoid wearing sheaths and mermaid/trumpet styles.
To make your waist look smaller, dropped and natural waistlines are the perfect choices for full figured women. Avoid wearing V or U shape waistlines because they will draw attention to your tummy just like the empire waistline and princess waistline.
Thicker straps and/or sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, a traditional scooped or U shaped neckline are for brides who do not wish to reveal too much of their skin. V-necks and scoop necks always look best on full figured brides, especially for those who have curvy figures. The halter style is perfect for brides who have broad shoulders. To minimize your chest, off the shoulder gowns are a great choice.
Have your body measurements ready before you shop. If you’re planning to order your dress from the internet or a mail order catalog, you have to do it ahead of time because it can take you up to 2 months or more to receive it. Furthermore, you may need a few weeks to schedule fitting and alterations. Try to wear your undergarments you plan to wear on wedding day to give your seamstress a better idea of what needs to be done and to avoid as few alterations as possible.
Try to keep your accessories as simple as possible. The right wedding accessories will make the bride look complete. Make sure the style of the bride matches the theme of the wedding. Most importantly, choose the right wedding hairstyle. Get your hair done prior to the wedding and take a couple pictures with the gown on. Sometimes, what looks great when you are in jeans and a t-shirt may have the opposite result when you have your wedding gown on.
Browse for your wedding gowns ahead of time. Don’t be afraid of showing off some skin and don’t settle for any dress just because it comes in your size. Take your time and find the right gown to show off your best features.
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