One of the first thing a newly engaged bride does is head to the magazine rack to stock up on wedding magazines. There is something fascinating and totally absorbing about flipping through the pages and pages of amazing wedding dresses.
But when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress for your style and body type, sometimes the process can be overwhelming. That’s where Liz Navarro’s and her Seattle based company, The Gown Diva, can help. Liz is a veteran bridal stylist and industry consultant who guides brides through the wedding dress purchase process. She helps brides determine the best styles for their body type, best designers to fit their wedding style and even the best places to shop.
Liz offers this advice when shopping for your wedding dress:
First of all, you want to be the best version of yourself therefore you must determine your personal style. Try a style collage by cutting out pictures from fashion magazines and see what you come up with. For example, are you an Audrey Hepburn type? Do you prefer black and white detail, traditional silhouettes and attracted to solids verse patterns? Wonderful! You would shop for classic/simple silhouettes with detail in the fabric (ex. lace) instead of heavy beading and embroidery.
What is your favorite part of your body? On one of the most important days of your life, you want to simply accentuate your assets! Great cleavage? Look for strapless with a sweetheart neckline. Thin arms and defined shoulders? Try halter to show it off! Gorgeous legs? Why not a fun short skirt? It’s your day to look absolutely phenomenal, so have fun and make the most of it!
Now that you have these two important pieces of information, the next step is to determine what wedding gown shape will work for you. Below are wedding styles considered best for your body shape.
Pear/Triangle: Narrow on top and fuller on the bottom.
Hint: The key is creating balance! V-neck is your best friend as well as pleats and ruching on top. Plus size ladies: try sweetheart necklines with straps to balance your fuller bottom. Small bust & thin ladies: try a low back!
Hourglass: Bust and hip measurements are equal and your waist is defined.
Hint: Lucky you. Most wedding gowns are geared to your figure, especially if you are 5’5” or taller! Trumpet skirts are very flattering. Slim and petite: Try a sheath style. Plus size: modified A-line or princess cut is your best bet!
Rectangle: Waist & hip appear to be approximately the same measurement and don’t have a defined waist.
Hint: Ideally, ruching helps to create a waistline with detail that draws the eye up. A high neck is flattering if you have defined shoulders; sleeves if you have slim arms.
Inverted Triangle: Fuller on top, shoulders and/or bust area with small hips.
Hint: Fuller skirt helps balance the heavier top. Try inverted pleats which draw the eye to the waist especially if you are a plus size.
Apple: You are fuller at midsection then your bust or hip.
Hint: Empire waist is your ideal style. Slim apple: Natural waist detail such as a sash or band helps create a waist.
Skirts Suggestions Empire Waist: Petite or full figured who don’t have waist definition.
Ball Gown: Hour-Glass, Pear and Thin
A-line: Flattering on all figures
Sheath: Thin and Hour-glass
Mermaid: Thin and Tall
Trumpet: Hour-Glass or Tall
Princess Cut: Full-Figured
With the help of The Gown Diva, you can find the dress that will help make you your most beautiful on your most beautiful day. And with Liz’s great advice, you have another reason togo and flip through those wedding magazines again.