Rhode Island Wedding Guide

The Right Style Wedding Gown

Your wedding gown will probably be the single most expensive gown that you will ever purchase. Regardless of price, you want the gown to look and make you feel beautiful. You'll want a gown that flatters your height, weight and body type. A gown that will accentuates your best features! If you're not sure of what style gown would look best on you, below we've listed some of the popular gown styles and body types that looks best:

  • A-Line: The A-Line gown has a fitted bodice which gradually flares wider from the bust down to the hemline (looks like the shape of the letter "A"). This wedding gown flatters just about every body type.
  • Ball Gown: The Ball gown has a full skirt with off-the-shoulder bodice and a natural waistline. A good example would be Cinderella's Ball Gown. If you have a full-figure, this would be a great gown for you.

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  • Empire: The Empire gown has a very high waist which starts right below the bust line. It has a slim, slightly flared skirt. If you're petite, this gown will tend to lengthen your look.
  • Sheath: The Sheath gown fits snug. It has a straight skirt without a waist. If you have a well-proportioned figure (and who doesn't?) this gown will look great on you.
  • Princess: The Princess gown has a bodice that is slim-fitting and it accents the waistline. It has vertical seams that flow from the shoulders all the way down to the hemline of a flared skirt. This is another great gown for a petite woman. It will give her height.
  • Basque Waist: The waistline of the Basque gown begins several inches below the waist. It has a V-shape or curved U-shape that fits the waist snug. This gown is a slenderizing gown for all body types. It gives the bride the appearance of a perfect hourglass shape.

If you're looking to minimize your hips choose an A-Line, the Basque Waist or a dropped V-Line. If you are a flat-chested woman, strapless or sleeveless gowns with detailing on the bodice is a nice choice.

Try on several different styles of wedding gowns to see which looks best on you. Gowns look different on the hanger so try on a few different styles to see what best compliments your figure.

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