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Wedding gown basics: Finding the perfect fit


  A ballgown in tulle                            Photo by Kate Uhry photo

What flatters your figure?

Finding the right bridal gown for you: lesson number one, know the language of wedding dress lingo. Being prepared when you walk in to try on some dresses can help to expedite in the process of finding the right dress for you. There are six common styles that you should speak fluently:

1) The Ball Gown: The most traditional. The ball gown is typified by a fitted bodice and waistline that lead to a very full skirt.

2) The Empire Waist: The trademark of the Empire-style is a high waistline (right under bust) which falls to a slimmer skirt.

3) The Sheath: The slim silhouette of the sheath closely follows the lines of your body.

4) The A-line: An A-line (or Princess) shape is cut close to the hip with a slight flair a t the hem.

5) The Mermaid: A body-hugging silhouette that flares just below the knee.

6) The Trumpet: The fit- and- flare trumpet skirt gradually flares at mid-thigh.

Which shape is right for you? That is the universal question asked by all brides.

If you are short, with a fuller figure try a gown with an empire waist. The silhouette will make your body look longer and more slender.

If you are petite try an A-line or Sheath dress. Full skirts can make a short bride look swallowed up by all that fabric. So stay away from the ball gown. Off the shoulder, asymmetrical shoulders are also flattering (and very trendy this year), as are thin straps. The first lady in Jason Wu’s design at the inaugural ball set off a flurry for designers to transcend this look into wedding gowns for 2010.

Pear Shaped? The A-line is a great choice, because it draws attention away from the lower half of the body and up toward the thinner part of you (your bustline). Stay away from a halter neckline and full skirts (they add bulk to the hips). An Empire waistline and ball gown can also work for your figure.

If you are top heavy or have an hourglass figure don’t shy away from the strapless gown. Paired with an A-line skirt it can flatten out a heavy bust. A high neckline (although it may cover more) can actually make your chest look bigger. Stay away from spaghetti straps and the sheath silhouette. A ball gown can also hide a lot.

Where to find it!

Camiile Bridal | 30 LaSalle Rd. | West Hartoford | 860.233-1203

Argelia Novia Bridal | 602 New Park Ave. | West Hartford | 860.232.4780

Mariella Decor | 442 Franklin Ave. | Hartford | 860.296.8908

Call ahead to make an apointment!

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