Find­ing the right wed­ding dress

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Find­ing the right wed­ding dress is pos­si­bly the most im­por­tant thing for any bride-to-be. To get a dress with per­fect fit it’s essen­tial to choose one that suits your body shape and flat­ters your fig­ure.

Small bust: Look for: A ruched bodice. Ex­tra fab­ric up top will help fill out your up­per body and cre­ate the il­lu­sion of curves. Lightly padded hal­ter styles will also do the trick.

Keep in mind: The right bra will al­ways pro­vide a nice boost, but as many wed­ding dresses are strap­less or back­less, your un­der­gar­ment op­tions may be fairly lim­ited. Try in­stead a self­ad­he­sive sil­i­cone bra cups.

Pe­tite: Look for: Trum­pet, sheath, and mod­i­fied A-line gowns. Find a style with a waist­line above your nat­u­ral waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and there­fore you) ap­pear longer. The fab­ric is up to you - you can pull off a high sheen. But the de­tail­ing should be small (no huge bows) and lim­ited to the bodice, to draw the eye up­ward.

Keep in mind: Be wary of dresses with a dropped waist, which will make your legs seem non ex­is­tent, and ball gowns - it's easy to get lost in that vo­lu­mi­nous skirt. Avoid any­thing calf length, which will make your legs look short.

Ap­ple shaped: Look for: A dress that cinches in at the small­est point on the waist­line, then flares out into a grad­ual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it? Think ruche or lace de­tail­ing that will cam­ou­flage and fit snugly, creat­ing a corset­like ef­fect. The most slen­der­iz­ing neck­line for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes to­ward the ver­ti­cal, not the hor­i­zon­tal.

Keep in mind: Avoid trum­pet dress styles, which em­pha­size the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slen­der.

Tall: Look for: A sim­ple sil­hou­ette. The strat­egy is to em­pha­size your nat­u­ral shape, so ev­ery as­pect of the dress - the lower waist­line, a floor-sweep­ing hem - needs to re­flect your longer pro­por­tions.

If you're wear­ing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. You don't want to look as if you've bor­rowed a gown from some­one shorter than you.

Keep in mind: Be­cause you are stat­uesque, you'll want to err on the side of sim­plic­ity when it comes to em­bel­lish­ments. Too many bells and whis­tles, like ruf­fles and rosettes, can come off as cutesy, par­tic­u­larly on a tall per­son.

Full fig­ure: Look for: An Em­pire dress with a skirt that be­gins just un­der the bust and flows into a grad­ual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Em­pire seam does not start on the chest and there is no pleat­ing of the fab­ric, which is rem­i­nis­cent of ma­ter­nity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.

Keep in mind: Find fab­rics like satin that pro­vide struc­ture, rather than any­thing too flowy. If you love the ro­man­tic look of airier fab­rics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an em­broi­dered tulle over­lay

Big Bust: Look for: A dress with a scooped neck­line. It will open up your face and dis­play your dé­col­letage with­out show­ing too much cleav­age. If you love the look of strap­less gowns, choose one that has a slight dip along the neck­line, like a sweet­heart, rather than a style that goes straight across (which will make your bust ap­pear even larger and more shelflike).

Keep in mind: Fab­ric on the bodice that has a sheen to it (such as or­ganza, satin, or silk) will add vol­ume and call at­ten­tion to your chest. Ma­te­rial that is ruched will have the same ef­fect

Straight-Lined: Look for: A dress that will cre­ate curves where you don’t have them. Try a sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse that’s cut on the bias; the curv­ing side seam will give you a va-va-vavoom sil­hou­ette. Or look for a ball gown that cinches in at your nat­u­ral waist and de­scends into a full, flow­ing floor-length skirt. It will cap­i­talise on your slen­der­ness and cam­ou­flage a lack of hips.

Keep in mind: If you have a small bust, look for a bodice with some ruch­ing to cre­ate vol­ume.

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