Measurements you need for the Perfect Dress fit.

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The day has come, your sweetheart finally popped the question, and your hand is shining with that beautiful ring! Congratulations, you are engaged! And as a soon-to-be bride, you have so much to do, from choosing the right venue, deciding who is coming and, of course: your wedding dress.  

The right wedding gown will make you look like a real princess, which is why you want to make a wise decision. But before you can say yes to the dress, you should think about a few things. 

We know finding the perfect gown can feel overwhelming. Maybe you are thinking: "With so many different dresses, silhouettes, and styles out there, where should I start?" Do not worry; here is an easy guide to help you in this journey; also, some tips to understand what will work for your body type. 

So lets get those measurements 

When it comes to picking the perfect dress for you, you want to know your body shape. Accurate measurement will give you an understanding what fits and flatter your body type. This will make a huge difference and help you accentuate or camouflage different parts of your body to create the silhouette you want and make you look and feel amazing on your special day. 

To choose the dress that looks best on you and is the perfect fit, you are going to need a soft measuring tape. For the best fit don’t guess. You need your exact measurements. So, grab your measuring tape and start taking the essential measurements:  bust, waist, and hips and length. 

·          Bust: measure the fullest part of your bust. Hold the measuring tape tight but not so taut that you squash your bust so you get a smaller measurement than you should. 

·          Hips: Wrap a measuring tape all the way around at the widest part. 

·          Waist: you want to measure the smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button. 

·          Length, the length in wedding gowns is measured from “hollow to hem”  (shown as the Blue line on the image.) That the hollow in your throat down to ¾ inchs or 2cm from the floor. This measurement should be taken wearing the heel height you intend to wear on the day.

The Illustration show other measurements you might need, You can take your measurements yourself or have someone to help you. So, ask a family member or friend to give you a hand. It makes taking some of the measurements easier.

Finding your body shape.

 Once you have your measurements, you can determine the type of body you have. Most women fall into one of the following: apple, pear, hourglass, inverted triangle, or rectangle. The characteristics of each type are listed below, and the types of dresses that can fit you better. 

1. Hourglass. 

-          Your waist is clearly defined.  

-          Your shoulders and hips have similar measurements, and they are going to be the widest part of your body.  

-          Your waist is going to be significantly smaller than your bust and hip measurement. 

 In this case, every dress will look good on you, but I specifically recommend showing off your curves. Something quite fitted, like a corset or mermaid style. Be sure to avoid loose-fitting sheath wedding dresses that tend to drown out your figure. 

2. Rectangle. 

-          You may have an athletic body. 

-          Your measurements are all about the same.  

-          You do not have a defined waist. 

If you have a rectangle body shape A-line, empire and ball gowns are your go-to. You are trying to create a waistline, and these styles will flatter your figure by creating an optical illusion for those curves you want. 

3. Apple/round. 

-          Your waist is equal to or greater than your hips and bust. 

-          You have a more undefined waistline. 

When you are gown shopping, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind as an apple shape bride. You need to add definition to your waist. A style that wraps around your waist will create a more balanced figure. Wide ribbons at the waist or dropped waist style are great options. Try a style with asymmetrical pleating or rushing; it does magic, creating a defined waist. Think about necklines that will draw attention upward while flattering your neckline. V-neck and plunging are great options. 

4. Pear/triangle. 

-          The most common body type among women. 

-          Your hip size was 2 inches wider than your shoulders or four inches wider than your bust. 

If you have this body shape, you want to choose an A-line or ball gown style that emphasizes your small waist and bust but does not cling to your hips, creating the illusion of an hourglass. You can also choose a gown with detail around the neckline to draw attention to your upper body. Empire cuts are also great choices. 

5. Inverted triangle.

-          Your silhouette is defined by broader shoulders and back and a larger chest and then will narrow in at the waistline. 

-          If your shoulders are two or more inches wider than your hips, or your chest is four or more inches wider than your hips, then you are going to fit into this inverted triangle shape.  

Add volume to your skirt to balance out your wide shoulders and often large bust. A mermaid or Fit & Flare (a style that fits more tightly around the body and flares out in the area below the hips) can also work if the differential is not too great. Stay away from halter necks or off the shoulder if you are conscious of having wider shoulders. 

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