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How To Flatter Your Figure
by Vanessa Kasal Kunze

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Do you know what style flatters your body type? Many brides don't, but by choosing wisely, you can highlight your best features while camouflaging your "problem areas".

Today's Weddings has put together a guide that can help you look your best for your wedding day. This is just a guide to go by; ultimately, you have to decide what looks good on you and how you feel in it!

Styles that look good on everyone include A-line silhouettes, Queen Anne necklines, tank/scoop necklines, cap sleeves.

FULL HIPS
Stick with:
    A-Line silhouette (conceals fuller hips)
Avoid:
    Sheaths (emphasises fuller hips)
    Overly full skirts (makes you look heavy)

THICK-WAISTED
Stick with:
    Empire silhouette (hids thick waists)
Avoid:
    Princess silhouette (draws attention to waist)

VERY SLENDER
Stick with:
    Ball Gown silhouette (adds curves and enhances waistline)
    Spaghetti straps
    Dropped waistlines
    Flaired skirts
    Low necklines

FULL FIGURED
Stick with:
    A-Line silhouettes
    Basque waistlines
    Open necklines, such as V-neck
    Lots of detailing near neckline to draw attention to your face
    Full skirts
    Long sleeves (will hide chunky arms)
Avoid:
    Spaghetti straps
    Poufy sleeves
    Open Clingy fabrics
    Ruffles
    Tulle skirts

PEAR-SHAPED FIGURE
Stick with:
    Ball Gown silhouette (accentuates waist and hides hips)
    Off the shoulder neckline (helps proportion your larger hips)
    Detailed bodice and plain skirt
Avoid:
    Bows in the back of your dress at hip level

HOUR-GLASS FIGURE
Stick with:
    Sheath silhouette (emphasizes your curves)
    Mermaid silhouette (also emphasizes your curves)
    Portrait necklines (shows off your shoulders)
    "V" necklines (also shows off your shoulders)
    Strapless dresses
Avoid:
    Too much beading and detailing (will make you appear heavier than you are)
    Full or ruffled gowns (will make you appear heavy)
    High necklines (minimizes bust and will you disproportional)
    Poufed sleeves (will make you disproportional)

PETITE
Stick with:
    Sheath silhouette (adds length and makes you appear taller)
    Princess silhouette (makes you appear taller)
    Empire waist
    High necklines
    Short sleeve or sleeveless with long gloves
Avoid:
    Ball Gown silhouette (makes you appear shorter)
    Belts or waist seams
    Detailing on the bottom of the skirt

SMALL BUST
Stick with:
    Jewel neckline (makes bust look bigger)
    V-neckline if a "B" or "C" cup
    Bateau neckline (will make bust look bigger)
    Strapless gowns
    Sleeveless gowns
Avoid:
    V-necklines if an "A" cup

LARGE BUST
Stick with:
    A-Line silhouette
    Sweetheart neckline
    Strapless gowns
Avoid:
    Jewel necklines (will make bust look bigger)
    Halter neckline
    V-necklines if over a "C" cup
    Spaghetti straps
    Empire gowns

BROAD SHOULDERS
Stick with:
    Strapless gowns
Avoid:
    Off the shoulder necklines (will make shoulder appear larger)
    Jewel necklines
    Bateau necklines
    Oversized sleeves


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