Bridesmaid Dresses That Flatter Different Figures
Consider offering bridesmaids choices of styles in matching fabric.
By Debby Mayne
On your wedding day, you want the members of your bridal party to look and feel their best. No one has a perfect body. A dress that flatters one woman might make another one look frumpy. Give your bridesmaids choices of styles made from matching fabric.
Put most of the emphasis on the bodice to pull the eye up. Have an interesting neckline, such as a sweetheart, square or V-neck. The pear-shaped woman should avoid clingy or tight-fitting skirts.
Create curves by softening her shape with flowing fabric. A halter bodice with a cinched waist and flared skirt will create the illusion of curves.
Choose a fitted bodice that isn't tight and balance the silhouette with a flared skirt. Wide-set straps may help pull attention from a full bust. Avoid ruffles or lace at the top.
For the fuller waistline, a drop waist is most flattering. Pull attention up by choosing a beaded neckline or attention-getting necklace. Avoid too much fabric at the waist.
Play up her small waist. A figure-fitting, corseted bodice will show off her curves.
About the Author
Debby Mayne is a writer of numerous articles and a contributor to DexKnows.
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