Listen to what your body shape tells you before shopping for a wedding dress

If you start out on the path to shopping for a wedding dress determined to wear a mermaid style dress, but don’t have the body shape for it, you’re bound for many disappointments as you fit on all the wrong dresses.

Once you’ve realised you’re on the wrong path, it’s going to be nigh on impossible to shift your focus to styles and silhouettes that would celebrate your shape perfectly.

No matter what body shape you have, it’s uniquely yours and deserves to be shown in all its glory, by highlighting the natural beauty that every woman has, no matter what their body shape is.

You know that this is a dress that’ll only be worn once, which makes it even more important that you do your homework before you start fittings, so that the journey to your dream wedding dress will be a lot more fun than it might be without this knowledge.

There are about as many silhouettes to choose from as there are styles, but if you learn the language of these different silhouettes you’ll have a greater chance of making an informed decision.

There are traditional ball gowns, mermaid and fishtail styles, empire and A-line, so you can see what you’re up against if you don’t beef up on taking your shape into account before you head out shopping.

Here are a few of the basic silhouettes you’ll be looking at:

Sheath

This is a simple style that goes from the shoulders straight down to the waist, remaining straight along the body, without any flaring out. There are different waistlines you can opt for, but this will be something you can share with your bridal consultant.

A-line

Narrow at the top, with a fitted bodice that flares down to the ground, the A-line wedding dress is made for those of us who are pear-shape. This is a style that perfectly balances out shoulder and hip, creating a dress that looks great on someone with an athletic shape who wants to present a curvier profile on her wedding day.

Ball gown

If you’d like to make more of a boyish figure, the ball gown will add curves in all the right places. It’s also flattering for pear-shaped bodies and bustier shapes. Don’t wear it if you’re a petite bride to be, you’ll disappear into the volume of this dress!

Mermaid

This silhouette, slim and tailored with a skirt that hugs your curves will make the most of an hourglass figure, just remember that if you’re not looking for something that’s going to constrict your movements, this won’t be the shape for you.

Empire

With a fitted bodice and waistline that fits above the natural waistline, the loosely fitted skirt is going to do great justice to you if you’re petite, but it’s not going to be the right style for you if you’ve got lots of curves in all the right places.

If you’re not sure of your body shape and which silhouette will suit you best, there’s an awesome bridal team at Ever After Bridal Store in Cape Town just waiting to take the journey with you to the designer wedding dress of your dreams.

Book your fitting today and find out more about what will accentuate your body shape and natural beauty!

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