Finding The Right Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

January 9, 2013 by  
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The wedding dress of your dreams – perhaps you’ll spot it when flipping through magazines, carousing through blogs or passing by a store window. You’ll try it on and perhaps it will look like it was made specifically for you . . . or perhaps it just won’t fit quite right as it hugs all the wrong places. The key to feeling comfortable, confident and beautiful on your wedding day is finding a dress that compliments your body type.

If you’re top-half is thicker than your bottom (otherwise known as “apple shaped”), find a dress that pinches the smallest part of your torso and subtly flairs out, like an A-line or ball gown silhouette. Emphasize your chest-area with lace or bedazzlement, and don’t be afraid to “take the plunge” and sport a neckline that displays cleavage. A V-shaped neckline will also help to minimize broad shoulders if desired. Sleeves are also effective at this, though steer clear of those that are puffy. Depending on the formality of the affair, also consider showing off your lovely gams with a flirty hemline that falls around the knee.

If you are thicker around your bottom-half (otherwise known as “pear shaped”), pick a dress that is tighter around the chest and stomach and that naturally billows out from the hip. Look for fabrics that will easily flair out rather than cling to your thighs. To draw attention to your upper-half, opt for thin straps, halter cut or a V-neck design. For your lower half, look designs that incorporate diagonals, as this will have slimming effects. When choosing bridal jewelry, favor simple designs that will delicately contrast with the statement-making skirt.

If you have a fuller build, favor dresses with an empire waist on which the skirt naturally falls right below the bust. Look for a cut that is form-fitting and structured without being overly tight, as a looser look will venture dangerously into the territory of maternity wear. The bottom half should hang loosely with little flair; the vertical lines will be flattering by adding the appearance of height. Keep in mind that you want your chest to sit comfortably and naturally, so select a neckline that dips slightly rather than one that stretches straight across, as it will look like your breasts are struggling to burst out. Move around in the garment before buying it so you make sure that it fits properly and you won’t have to worry about the “ladies” spilling forth. An effective way to minimize the chest area is to wear sleeves or a one-shouldered frock that cuts diagonally.

Women with an hourglass figure (voluptuous breasts and hips with a tiny waist) will find many cuts flattering, especially those with a lower waist that you should accentuate with embellishments or color. A two-piece wedding dress has a similar effect that allows you to play up your equalized curves. It is wise to steer clear of any dresses that emphasize one section over the other, as this can create a visual imbalance that is unflattering.

If you a rectangular, straight up-and-down body, you will want to play up your curves – this means cleavage and perhaps using fabric folding or accents to emphasize your bodice. Additionally, a beautified waistline will help to create definition and emphasize your femininity. Favor wedding dresses that hug your curves and has minimal flair, like a sheath style. If you do want your skirt to have a bit of a flow, consider either a dress that flairs near the knee or one with a higher waistline and a skirt with multiple tiers to help to create shape, though this latter look is better suited for women with tall frames that won’t be overwhelmed by the layers. For petite ladies who want to add the appearance of height, look for dresses that have continuously up-and-down lines, like a mermaid gown or dress with a higher waistline to elongate the legs.  Additionally, stick to simple fabric embellishments, as a continuous pattern and color will allow the eye to easily travel up-and-down the body.

As you’re trying on one wedding dress after the next, don’t become discouraged. There is no such thing as a single definition of beauty. It truly comes in all shapes-and-sizes and it is all about finding the dress that makes you feel sexy and glow with self-assurance as you float down the aisle.



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Celebrity Redo: Eva Mendes

February 26, 2009 by  
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I usually like Eva Mendes style but this particular outfit is extremly unflattering.  I decided to to replace the shapeless dress with a halter maxi and a shrug to emphasis the waist but still stay with the boho look.

Paisley Chiffon Maxi Dress – $27.80 at

Brown Tinted Sunglasses – $15 at

Long Sleeve Shrug – $19.50 at

Steve Madden Platform Stretch Boot – $49.99 – $69.95 at

Silver Oversized “Lisbon” Hobo Purses – $39.95 at

Celebrity Copycat: Blake Lively

February 21, 2009 by  
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Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively looking classic and chic in a sweater dress and cropped leather jacket. Perfect day to night outfit with tons of other possibilities.  Take the sweater dress and pair it with a blazer for work.  The leather jacket can be worn with jeans, slacks (with a crisp white shirt underneath) and skirts. And let’s not forget about the nude heels and the funky clutch…..The nude heels would look fierce with a pair of jeans and the clutch can add a bit of character to just about any outfit.

Rubbish Turtleneck Dress – $58 at

Daytrip Pleated Jacket – $59.50 at

Mogil Oversized Panel Clutch – $66.04 at

Jessica Simpson Lizza – $89.99 at

Celebrity Copycat: Jessica Biel

February 13, 2009 by  
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The usually frumpy Jessica Biel looking chic while out running errands. Get the look……..

Ainsley Coat – $69.50 at

Kimichi Blue Ruffle Front Chiffon Dress – $58 at

Turbo Avaitor Sunglasses – $12.80 at

Charles Adbert Boots – $34.95 at

H81 Shirlie Woven Belt – $9.80 at

Black Hobo – $33.95 at

Celebrity Redo: Gwyneth Paltrow

February 13, 2009 by  
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Gwyneth Paltrow attending the screening for her new movie, Two Lovers.  You have to wonder just how many “yes men” are in her inner circle.  Couldn’t one friend – just one – let her know that the outfit looks ridiculous and a little indulgent?  Anyway, I decided to re-dress Gwyneth myself in a playful dress and a leather jacket to give the outfit a slight edge….What do you think?

Bubble Shimmer Dress – $49.99 (was $98) at

Leather Blazer – $97.87 at

Jewel Studded Earrings – $4.80 at

Great White Clutch – $12.45 (was $24.99) at

Jessica Simpson Lizza – $89.95 at

Jcrew Tights – 2 for $18 at

Celebrity Copycat: Amanda Kerr

February 10, 2009 by  
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Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr looking chic as she leaves a Aussie hotel.  Get the look……………

Insight Illusion Dress – $69.99 at

Fiorelli Large Patent Triple Zip Bag – $95.76 at

Faux Leather Jacket – $39.50 at

Oliver People Inspired Sunglasses – $14.50 at

Jeffrey Campbell Lene Heel – $69.99 at

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