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To get the perfect fit on your
wedding day, it's essential to determine the most flattering shape for
your figure. Not only will you feel more comfortable on your wedding
day, but you'll look more beautiful than you ever expected.
A-LINE OR PRINCESS
Dress Dos: An A-line dress or a gown with a dropped waist will show
off your figure; pair it with a sweetheart neckline to exhibit your
Dress Don'ts: A ball gown or empire waist silhouette may make you
Dress Dos: A princess-line silhouette -- fitted at the bodice and
opening up gradually to a full skirt -- elegantly elongates your figure;
if you love your shoulders, try a portrait or halter neckline.
Dress Don'ts: A sheath will make your short waist more obvious.
Dress Dos: An empire-waist gown will de-emphasize your waistline and
give you a long, thinning look.
Dress Don'ts: A princess-line or basque waist will draw too much
attention to your middle.
Dress Dos: A ball gown will hide quite a bit, and an A-line
silhouette looks great on everyone.
Dress Don'ts: A sheath will make you look heavier than you are;
avoid spaghetti straps.
Dress Dos: A basque waist or strapless ball gown will cover your
bottom half and focus on your better half; an off-the-shoulder neckline
will make your top more in proportion to your bottom.
Dress Don'ts: A sheath, frankly, will be unflattering, and a V-neck
will draw the eyes down.
Dress Dos: A ball gown will make you look like a beautiful
ballerina, and the sheath was made for you.
Dress Don'ts: Almost all silhouettes will flatter your figure, but
stay away from portrait, off-the-shoulder, or halter necklines if your
collarbone is too bony.
Dress Dos: It's best to keep it simple -- when you're small, a big,
elaborate gown can sometimes look as if it is wearing you rather than
the other way around. A sheath or A-line dress will work well.
Dress Don'ts: Almost all silhouettes will flatter your figure,
though a big ball gown may overwhelm.
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