Once the excitement of your engagement has worn off, the stress of the dreaded checklist starts to kick in: wedding planning. If you aren’t a perfect size 2, you might have been putting off shopping for a dress. However, it’s not for lack of excitement: isn’t it every girl’s dream to find their ideal wedding dress?
But in all honesty, anxiety sets in when faced with such a monumental purchase, especially if you don’t fit into a standard size. What about those brides that are apple or pear shaped, or big busted? And don’t forget about my plus size and curvy brides! That’s where Etsy comes into play. This mecca of all things custom is ideal for anyone looking for a dress to specifically fit their body type.
Let’s chat a little bit about different body shapes. Apple shapes are characterized by a shapely figure with a thick midsection, bigger bust and slimmer hips and thighs. This body type needs to stay away from anything that is going to accentuate the midsection. A-Line and empire dresses work well because they hide your flaws but show off the right curves. V-necklines work well because they elongate the body and provide a natural slimming effect.
Pear-shaped brides are characterized by a smaller midsection and larger hips, bottom and legs. Pears’ upper halves are narrower, creating an unbalanced look, so the best advice is to find dresses that will flatter your positive attributes while equalizing the fuller portions of your body. A-line dresses work because they flows with the shape of your curves without clinging. Wrap dresses are an ideal fit because they camouflage the lower half of your body while allowing your best curves to shine.
Busty brides have a few options for bridal attire. First off, V-necklines are definitely your friend: they elongate the body and downplay the cleavage area. Tighter dresses are also good because they show off your curves and draw the eye away from your bust. Sleeves are also a consideration: larger breasted women often have larger arms, and sleeves can camouflage this area of your body. There are numerous options for sleeves, ranging from full sleeves to three-quarter length and cap sleeves.
Whether you are pear, apple or plus sized, there is a gown out there that will complement your body shape and make you feel amazing on your wedding day. Enjoy the search!