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When to Choose Ball Gown?
What it is The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full (aka huge) skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.

Best for Brides with boyish figures. The fullness of the dress will make you look curvier.

Avoid if You’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.
When to Choose Mermaid?
What it is This shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee.

Best for Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.

Avoid if You know you don’t want something tight; this style is constricting.
When to Choose Trumpet?
What it is A straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape.

Best for Curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.

Avoid if You’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape or if you have an apple or boxy body type.
If You’re Apple-Shaped?
Look for: A dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it―think ruche or lace detailing―that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corsetlike effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
Keep in mind: Avoid trumpet dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.
If You’re Plus-Sized?
Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.

Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.
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