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BRIDAL ATTIREB The goal of reading this article is to
become informed. The facts are useful, but should not limit what the bride likes or dislikes. Remember that you are the final critic when it comes to selecting your gown. Just because one certain style is not recommended for your particular figure doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try this style at the boutique and decide for yourself.
When selecting the perfect wedding dress, deciding on the type of silhouette is a great place to start. This is the overall look of the wedding gown, and most dresses can be categorized into the fol- lowing three types of silhouettes.
Ball Gown
The ball gown is the traditional wedding dress shape. When you think of Cinderella
or Princess Diana on their wedding days, this is the style of dress they modeled. The fitted bodice, leading to the puffiest skirt known to mankind, characterizes this sil- houette. This style of dress will accommo- date almost any bridal figure, although, it is not recommended for petite brides. Too much dress and not enough bride can lead to an overwhelming look that smaller women want to avoid.
A-Line
The A-line gown is a beautiful shape that flatters all figures. This silhouette is known for its slimming waist that flares out to a wider hemline. The remarkable feature of this gown is its adaptability. The A-line dress is suitable for the bride that plans an elaborate wedding and is also suitable for the bride that plans a more casual wedding day. While combining these excellent features, don’t be surprised if this sil- houette becomes your favorite.
Sheath
The sheath is the most difficult silhouette to wear, but is absolutely stunning when coupled with the right figure. Brides beware, you can hide nothing in this dress. The sheath gown closely hugs the bride’s figure line from top to bottom. This silhouette best com- pliments those brides who are tall and lean, as well as those brides who are petite and slender.
Another important characteristic of a wedding dress is the neckline. Once you have decided on your choice of silhou- ette, the numerous versions of necklines bring variation to the silhouette types. Selecting the perfect neckline enhances the bride’s features from her waist upward. Read further for essential infor- mation on various necklines.
Strapless
The name describes this neckline to a “T.” This popular style is generally cut as a straight neckline, although, brides
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