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Find the perfect wedding dress for your unique and beautiful figure.

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From the moment you were a little girl and dreamed of your wedding day, you have fantasized about your wedding dress. Unfortunately the dress of your dreams may end up looking like a nightmare with your figure type.

The quest for the perfect wedding dress starts by knowing what your figure type is and which style of dress works with - not against your unique features.

There are 4 basic body shapes, find the perfect wedding gown to suit your body type, personality, style and budget.

Inverted Triangle
You Have - Broad shoulders with narrow hips or full busted.
Objective - To draw attention away from my our top half and create interest on the bottom half.
Look For - Opt for a wedding dress with minimum of details on the top, keeping the lines simple,. Dresses with beading, sequins and lace on the bottom half are the most flattering.
Recommended Styles - Basque waistlines or dropped waist dresses will give the illusion of a waistline, A simple V-neck top will compliment the ornate skirt.

Pear Shaped
You have - Narrow shoulders with wide hips. Typically you are 2 different sizes, top and bottom.
Objective - To add width and attention to the top half of your body by drawing the eyes up.
Look for - Portrait or off the shoulder necklines frame your face. Added details like beading will also help. The bottom half should be clean simple lines.
Recommended styles - A-lines creates a beautiful silhouette with a minimum of fabric. Bias cut fabrics as well as mermaid shapes look great on this figure type. The empire is another style that works well with a pear shape bride, it draws the eye to the upper body, down playing the lower half. Ball gowns work well when paired with off-the-shoulder or a strapless neckline.

Rectangular
You Have - Your shoulders, waist and hips are nearly the same width.
Objective - To give the illusion of curves and a waistline.
Look For - A sleek wedding dress that will skim your body.
Recommended Styles - A Princess cut will give you shape by creating a waist hips. Avoid style that will require you to fill them out.

Hourglass
You Have - Your hips and bust are the same size with a defined waist.
Objective - To maintain the balance between the top and the bottom.
Look For - Empire and sheath dresses are the most faltering for this figure type, while dropped waists will accentuate your small waist. Avoid heavy fabric and excessive lace which may add pounds.

In Addition if You Are -

Petite Brides
Petit brides run the risk of their wedding dress overpowering their small stature. The best dress style for a petit bride is an empire waist that is fitted under the bust and flares out. The ideal style will have a princess seams across the top of the bust and another going down the length of the skirt. In addition, V-necklines work well to create the illusion of height. Keep the train too minimum of 2 ft. beyond the dress' hem.

Top Heavy
Brides with a full bust line need to avoid too much cleavage, and too much fabric. The best necklines for you are soft U-shaped lines with shoulder straps set far apart. Be sure the straps are substantial enough to support the bust. Additional flattering necklines are sweetheart, scoop, and square. Avoid bateau, jewel and high collar necklines which draw negative attention to the bust line. Busty brides with B or C cups can also wear a V- neckline, but brides with D or larger should be cautious of their cups running over.

Full Figure Brides
For plus size brides, the right fit is the most important. The best picks are; A-line skirts with a strapless, with an attached drape sleeve or a V- neck with built in structure. Chose soft fabrics with some give, Stay away from stiff fabrics like taffeta.

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