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Nontraditional Wedding Dresses Part 1

Nontraditional Wedding Dresses Part 1

Nontraditional wedding dresses can be bold, edgy, classy, beautiful, or funky. Your options are limitless. The best part about your wedding is that it's yours. Nontraditional wedding dresses are often more affordable and they give you the opportunity to choose colors and styles you prefer to compliment your looks. Choosing hues and cuts that suit your body type, skin tone, and hair color will leave you looking and feeling fantastic on your wedding day.

Dresses come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Choosing one to compliment the shape of your body doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating. Deviating from traditional wedding gowns gives you the opportunity to dress for your shape and look fabulous when you're walking down the aisle.

Here’s a breakdown of various types of dresses to consider when thinking about your shape:

Apple:
If your waist tends to be your widest measurement, you have an apple shaped body. A tailored, shift dress with a boxy frame will add structure and balance your proportions. The loose silhouette will graze your middle instead of emphasizing your midsection.

Hourglass:
Your hourglass figure may look best in something of a simplistic dress. Look for a column dress that is fitted and allows your curves fill out the rest. Bold, graphic prints will complement your body shape and make your dress unique and memorable.

Pear:
Off the shoulder dresses are perfect for pear shaped women. Their exposed shoulders move or attract eyes upward, balancing attention between your slender upper body and wider hips.

Long Torso:
The secret to dressing your long torso is faking the appearance of your waistline. Many make it higher. An empire waist style dress conceals where your hips begin as it gathers under your bust line and flows at the bottom.

Short Torso:
Compliment a short torso with details near the top of your dress. Embellishments such as ruffles bring attention to your upper body, creating the illusion of proportion. A short torso also means you probably have long legs. Don't cover your assets! Wear a dress with a high hemline and show them off.

Petite:
Achieve the illusion of elongating your petite frame without slipping into a pair of heels. Cutout dresses compliment your short figure with a mind body peek of skin.

Carrot:
A carrot shaped figure means your frame is wide at the top and slender at the bottom. If you have broad shoulders and slim legs, choose a dress of the opposite shape. Slender straps and a billowy skirt will balance your frame.

Boyish:
If your shoulders, waist and hips are about the same measurement, you may not be looking for the same dress types as curvy women. Dresses with a high neckline flatter your broad shoulders and elongate your frame. A loose, flowing dress provides beautiful movement on your body and creates soft lines and a feminine touch.

Ballerina:
Your tall, slender frame lends itself to a long, silhouette style dress. Select a high halter neck and long skirt to compliment your graceful figure.

Boyish:
If your shoulders, waist and hips are about the same measurement, you may not be looking for the same dress types as curvy women. Dresses with a high neckline flatter your broad shoulders and elongate your frame. A loose, flowing dress provides beautiful movement on your body and creates soft lines and a feminine touch.

Small bust:
Let your nontraditional dress work wonders for your small chest. Tiered ruffles make your chest appear larger and can help balance your silhouette.

Large bust:
A solid, structured frame complements large chests. Play with opposites to work with your body shape. A shirtdress with a tied waist will emphasize your curves.