Congratulations! If you are looking for fitting guides it must mean that you are serious about purchasing a wedding dress and one step closer to your trip along the aisle. Purchasing a dress can be a daunting task, so many options- so many possibilities!
One of the primary concerns about wedding dress shopping is what is the most flattering wedding dress silhouette for your body type? Well, you are not alone! There is a reason why some silhouettes are better for a body type and it has to do with the way the lines of the dress compliment the body shape.
We have put together a list of common body types and the best silhouettes for them! There are 4 main shapes for the female body, these are Apple, Pear, Rectangle, and Hourglass. What is important to remember is that shape and size are not mutually exclusive. You can be Pear in size 2 or a pear in size 22. So what’s the deal? Read along and become a silhouette expert.
Apple-shaped ladies usually have an average to big bust along with broad shoulders. We are fullest around the middle so the waist is bigger in measurement than the bust and hips.
The styling goals for Apple ladies is to elongate the torso and create the illusion of a waist. Deep plunging V necks are great for this as they start wide at the shoulders and the plunging V creates optical illusion of a smaller waist. Magical! For bottoms, consider A-flair skirts, these types of skirts do not add volume at the waist while the flare creates contrast, making the waist seem smaller by comparison to the skirt’s sweep.
Suggested Convertible x Carla Valcarcel Styled Set: Modern Glamour
Other Style Options: Sofia Deep V Top, Eunice A-line Skirt & Daniela A-line Skirt
Pear-shaped ladies usually have narrow shoulders with a smaller bust, a well-defined waist with full hips and thighs.
The styling goals for Pear-shaped ladies is to enhance waistline and add volume to the upper body and shoulders to visually balance the silhouette. Boatnecks, cowls, wide V necks and some off-shoulder styles will work well for this purpose. For skirts, a ballgown, A-line or a Mermaid/Sheath skirt will do wonders. These type of skirts will accentuate the waist while allowing for a romantic silhouette.
Suggested Convertible x Carla Valcarcel Styled Set:Exquisite Simplicity
Other Style Options: Irene Lace Bustier, Ava Trumpet Skirt, Carrie Gathered Skirt
Ladies with a rectangle shape don't have a lot of curved. The bust is small to average with a well-aligned shoulder to hip ration. The waist is not very defined.
The styling goals for rectangle ladies is to create the illusion of curves by defining the waist. If you have lean arms and legs, flaunt them! The horizontal lines created by off-shoulder and strapless necklines provide an optical illusion of width. Similarly, you can add volume at the right places with a ballgown type of skirt, reducing the waistline appearance. Sheath skirts look great on you as well, just make sure to use a nice accent belt to snag the attention of your guests while defining your waist!
Suggested Convertible x Carla Valcarcel Styled Set:Chic Romance
Other Style Options: Gabriela Sweetheart Top, Carrie Gathered Skirt, Yari Gathered Skirt
Hourglass gets the name from the antique hourglass timers because it means you have a full round breast, a matching rounded and proportionate buttocks as well as a much smaller waist.
Your styling goal is to flaunt those curves and look fantastic. The hourglass torso works well with strapless pieces as well as deep V necks. There are many bottoms that work with the hourglass figure, starting with the mermaid or trumpet skirt. These skirts truly accentuate the curves of the body for a sultry look.
Suggested Convertible x Carla Valcarcel Styled Set:Classic Beauty
Other Style Options: Gabriela Sweetheart Top, Marie Sheath Skirt, Daniela A-line Skirt
There you have it guys! A designer’s perspective to body types and dress silhouette. Just remember, wear what makes you happy and confident, because a dress does not make the bride, The bride makes the dress!
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The key to good fit is to look for the widest measurement of your body and match the measurement to the size using the size chart below. For your top, the widest measurement is almost always the breasts. For the bottoms, the widest measurement is the hip. See the image below for more information on these measurements.
*Measured in inches.
The best way to measure is with a sewing measuring tape. These are flexible, inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. Wear a form-fitting tank top and leggings when you measure your body. We also suggest asking for help. The tape measurer should be as parallel to the floor as possible all the way around the body, which is hard to do all by ourselves. A friend is also super useful to measure the dress hem length for any customization. I want to reiterate that it is extremely important that you have the right height shoes on when measuring for length. We can talk about this further during our Touch Base call if you make a purchase.
Wear the bra that you will be wearing with the dress. We remind you that our dresses have build-in bra cups so we suggest something with a little padding in order to maintain the measurement true to size. Measure across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side. Wherever the crease forms, that is your natural waist. Pull the tape across the narrowest part and measure.
Stand straight and look forward. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips (or rear) and measure.