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Getting Married In Scotland? Choose The Wedding Gown That Is Best For Your Shape
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Getting Married In Scotland? Choose the Wedding Gown That is Best for Your Shape

Every little girl dreams of the day she’ll get to try on a wedding gown. But the reality of shopping for a wedding gown is that it can be quite overwhelming for a lot of women. With all the different types of dresses and material, it’s enough to send even a calm bride right over the edge. This handy guide will help break down the different types of dresses.

A-Line

An A-line gown is exactly what it sounds like. The gown fits snugly up top and over the hips, where it gently flares out into an “A” shape until it hits the ground. A-line dresses are flattering on all body types, but particularly for pear shapes. Depending on the fabric used, an A-line dress can be elegant or casual so there are a wide range of these dresses to choose from.

Ball Gown

A ball gown is the typical “princess” wedding gown. This traditional dress has a fitted bodice to the waist where it flares out into a full skirt. Crinolines can add extra fullness to these skirts. Again, this dress can be worn by brides with all body types since the voluminous skirts hide much of the body. Apple shaped brides will also benefit from this style of dress, particularly if a sash is added to the waistline. It will help draw the eye there and give the illusion of a smaller waist.

Empire

An empire waist gown has a fitted top and bust. The gown is cinched under the bust line, where the skirt gently flares out to the floor. Empire waist gowns are particularly flattering for full-figured brides. Be sure to choose a more fitted gown, rather than a loose gown. Extra fabric tends to add pounds.

Sheath

A sheath gown is fitted to the body with a very slim silhouette. Sheath gowns work well for petite brides, since they elongate the look of the body.

Mermaid

A mermaid gown is extremely fitted to the body all the way down to the knees, then flares out dramatically. This dress isn’t for everyone. Brides with an hourglass figure will look best in this type of gown since it will show off their curves nicely.

Trumpet

A trumpet style gown is a less dramatic version of the mermaid gown. The dress is fitted to the body all the way to the thighs then begins flaring out gently to the floor. A curvy bride is well suited to wear a trumpet style gown since it will help to enhance all her natural curves.

This guide will also help you when you are searching for your bridesmaids' dresses, as well as benefit your mom and your fiance's mom when they are ready to shop for their mother of the bride/mother of the groom outfit. Having as much knowledge as possible before beginning the shopping process will help to eliminate a lot of the stress associated with finding the perfect dresses.

When you go shopping for the first time, ask to see the dresses you know will accentuate your body shape the best. This will help you save time searching through dresses that just don’t work for you. It may even save you money later on. If you purchase the wrong style of dress for your shape, you may end up spending more money on alterations to make the dress look right on your frame. Most importantly, enjoy this special time in your life because you only get to do it once!


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