The Best Bridesmaid Dress for Your Shape
March 04, 2015
Bridesmaids are the ladies you share secrets with, history with, laughter with, and your special day with. I’m sure you aren’t clones of each other either and have very different body types. It’s important for bridesmaids to feel beautiful in their dresses, just as much as the bride should, and to do so they may need to have different styles to flatter their shapes.
I went with Donna Morgan Bridesmaid dresses because I loved the color options and the different styles to cater to each of my bridesmaids. Make sure your best ladies look great in their bridesmaid dress by first knowing what style of dress will look best on each bridesmaid’s shape.
Pear Shape: A-line and Strap.
If you are like me and carry most of your weight in your butt and thighs but smaller up top then a strapless or tank style dress will look best. An A-line skirt will cinch your waist and cover the butt and thighs in a flattering way while the strapless or tank (with narrow straps) will bring attention to your decolletage and show off the smaller area of your body. This will also balance out the proportion to create a beautiful hourglass shape.
Large Busted: One Shoulder, Scoopneck or crossover neckline.
From my experience, I would highly recommend for a large busted woman to stay clear of strapless dresses. That is, not unless the “girls” are supported by very good corset and a dress that covers the cleavage. You are the bridesmaid, not the bride so let’s not bring too much attention to the ‘girls’ that will be strutting down the aisle. A very classic and pretty look that will support in all the right places is a dress with a one shoulder, scoopneck or cross over neckline.
These necklines are flattering, supportive, conservative and classic. While you’re dancing and jumping up and down at the reception you can be sure these necklines won’t create a Janet Jackson moment for you.
Tall: Streamline silhouette or column
Being tall has its advantages. Even when it comes to finding a bridesmaid dress. A streamline silhouette with subtle detail or a column strapless dress is elegant on a tall figure and doesn’t demand attention (that is if you are taller than the bride herself). A short dress is best so that you don’t have to worry about ordering extra length or the hem not being long enough.
Petite: V-neck, strapless, or high neck.
A V-neckline dress with narrow straps elongates the body. For petite girls this effect is great as long as the straps do not overpower their size. Lace, mesh or spaghetti strap are light, feminine and won’t over power a petite shape. Strapless almost always works on small shapes as well, I would just make sure to stay away from any drop waist or seams that cut off at the knees for this will make you look even shorter.
Curvy: Cap sleeve or strapped gown with ruching at waist.
If you have curves you definitely want to emphasize and flatter them in a subtle and classy way. A dress that doesn’t cut off your curves will allow for a smooth hour glass shape.
Boy-Shape: Strapless that is cinched at waist.
If you are built like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston or Cameron Diaz then the best way to create a more defined waist and curves is to go with a gown that has a sash, ribbon or seam that cinches at the waist to create a more hourglass figure.
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