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The Curvy Bride's Guide to Shopping for THE Dress

When you are looking for the dress you're bombarded with photos of beautiful women in wedding dresses. A lot of the time these women look nothing like you, so you've no idea if the dress will work on your body.

If you're a bride-to-be with curves then you might overlook a lot of dresses because the women modeling them are a size zero, so you convince yourself that it won't look any good on you.

Whether you have an hourglass, apple, pear, V-shape or rectangle body shape you can find wedding dresses made to fit your body in all the right places.

It's important to know what sort of body shape you have before you go shopping. You can then ask what dresses will suit your shape when you're in the store.

Brides with an hourglass figure should head straight for the mermaid gown. They are perfect for showing off those beautiful curves. A-line gowns and dresses with a dropped waist will also suit, especially when the waistline is closer to the hips. Some ball gowns will suit your shape, especially ones with a fitted bodice, but you should avoid masses of ruffles and layers.

If your sexy curves are up top, you should try off-the-shoulder dresses and gowns with a defined waistline. Women with a V-shape (inverted triangle) body would look amazing in a gown with an empire waist. With your body shape it's all about balancing out the body, so you could also try a mermaid or trumpet gown that flares out at the base. V-neck dresses will also help balance you out and make your neck look longer.

Rectangle (straight lined) body shaped women, who have shoulders and hips of a similar size and no prominent waist, are best suited to mermaid or trumpet gowns. Sheath dresses that have been bias-cut will give also you curves in all the right places.

Women who have an apple (circle) body type can also pull of an empire waist gown. Tea length dresses are a perfect fit, unless you have short legs, and dresses that feature a long body to the hip will flatter your shape. When it comes to the neckline the V-neck and sweetheart are your best options.

Pear shaped women look amazing in ball gowns. The layers of fabric help to disguise any areas you might not be happy with, and it will balance out your silhouette. A-line gowns will also work great with your shape, and a V-neck or one shoulder up top will complete your look.

Take a look at these wedding gowns that are perfect for curvy brides…

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