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Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress- The Shape

Posted by Brandi Kane on September 25, 2012

Taking the time to pick your perfect dress can save you from being a sad puppy.  wedding dog

The Wedding Gown Experts here at Champion Cleaners in Birmingham Alabama want to make sure you look and feel your best on your special day.  We know that picking the shape of your gown is sure to be one of the most important Wedding Gown decisions you'll make.  The first step to doing so is finding out what shape your body is.

dress hourglass body type

Hourglass Body type


The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well defined.

dress top hourglass body type

 

Top Hourglass Body Type

The bust is larger than the hips and the waist is well defined.

dress spoon body type

 

Spoon Body Type


The hips are larger than the bust and the hips have a "shelf" appearance. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust

 dress pear body type

Pear Body Type


The hips are larger than the bust, and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips.

The Hourglass and the Top Hourglass are very similar, however a gown will look different on each type.  The Top Hourglass is going to focus on a larger bust measurement where the standard hourglass is a more equal bust to hip ratio.

The Spoon and Pear are also similar shapes.  The main difference lies in the transition between the waist and hip.  A pear with have a gentle slope, like a hill, where a spoon is more like a cliff.

dress oval body type

Oval Body Type


The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The hips are narrow compared to the shoulders. Breasts are ample in size.

 dress diamond body type

Diamond Body Type


The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The shoulders are narrow compared to the hips. Breasts are small to medium in size.

 

 dress inverted triangle body type

Inverted Triangle Body Type


The bust is large, the hips are narrow and the waist is not very well defined.

 dress straight body type

 

Straight Body Type

The bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips

Now that you know your shape, you can begin looking into what cuts and styles will flatter your frame.  And remember, no dress is going to be 100% perfect off the shelf.  Fabrics will shrink and warp in the wash, and gowns should be tailored to fit.  Always bring your gown to a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist and a Professional Seamstress for all your Dry Cleaning and Alterations needs.

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