think you have the perfect gowns for your girls, one friend wrinkles her nose at the color, another reminds you that her buxom frame doesn’t look good in an empire waist, and yet another is unhappy with the sleeveless choice. Back to the drawing board!
But gone are the days of unflattering dress colors and styles for your bridal party. A big trend right now is mismatched bridesmaids dresses, which means that no matter the height or weight of each woman, everyone can be happy with a dress that makes her feel beautiful.
Fortunately, when you learn how to shop for different body types, it becomes more feasible to find dresses that everyone will love.
Different Body Types
The female figure comes in all shapes and sizes, and each type tends to have different dress cuts that fit best. The right style will accentuate a woman’s best features, helping her feel comfortable and stylish.
Here are several suggestions about the dress styles that work best for different body types:
- Pear shaped: This woman has a fuller bottom with a narrower top, making an A-line dress a good choice.
- Apple shaped: If she has a thicker waistline, an empire waist will draw the eye above the waist and offers extra room around the midsection.
- Hourglass shaped: Bridesmaids who have this curvaceous figure with a well-defined waist will appreciate more fitted dresses, belted waistlines, and dresses with a bare neckline.
- Petite: Those on the smaller side might want to stick to a straight sheath or A-line with an open neckline or strapless style and avoid big ball gown dresses that might engulf them.
- Thin: Thin women have difficulty with clothes, too! Ball gowns (think Cinderella) are great choices for thin gals, but be sure to avoid strapless versions.
- Tall: This woman is fortunate enough to be able to wear many cuts, from column dresses to A-lines to ball gowns.
- Large bosom: Ladies with a large bosom will generally find dresses with a strapless or straight neckline to be the most supportive and the most flattering.
Different colors tend to look better with different complexions. Wedding Ideas Magazine recommends that you think of colors as warm or cool.
People who look best in warm tones typically have brown, hazel, or pale eyes along with dark blond, brown, or red hair. These people tend to tan easily. Look for colors that have more purple, greens, and pinks for this group.
Fair-haired, warm-toned celebrities include Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow, and they would do well in fuchsia, purple, emerald green, clear red, and pastel pinks. Dark-haired, warm-toned stars are Emily Blunt and Zooey Deschanel who look great in rose, raspberry, aqua, and pale pink-beige shades.
Women who look best in cool tones tend to have black, dark brown, blond or white hair with a black, olive, or pale complexion. This group is made up of those who burn in the sun easily. The best colors for these bridesmaids would be purple, red, blue, and black. Celebrity examples are Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
Putting It All Together
Like many brides, you’ll find yourself facing a bridal party that has a variety of different body types and complexions. When it comes to women and fashion, you know that it can be a challenge to find one dress that suits everyone!
If you have your heart set on having all your bridesmaids in the same dress, consider using either an A-line dress or an empire waist dress. These two styles tend to fit most body types and should make most, if not all, of your bridesmaids happy.
When it comes to color, look for those hues that cross over into both skin tone groups. It may be easiest to have your bridesmaids try on a few pre-selected dresses at the same time.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
However, if you’re really intent on keeping everyone happy, one of the easiest things to do is to let your bridal party choose their own dresses. You can issue basic guidelines about the style or color theme while letting your bridesmaids select gowns that best fit their body type.
Not only does this technique keep the entire wedding party happy (phew!), but it will also make the process significantly easier and less stressful for you—and no bride needs more stress! In addition to using common colors and spectrums, you can also use accessories such as hats or other head adornments, jewelry, or shawls to tie the wedding party together.
Helping your entire group look beautiful and contributing to the overall atmosphere of the celebration will make everyone happy!