Wedding Dresses for Triangle Body Shapes

Here’s how to find the perfect gown to balance and flatter your frame.

| July 29th, 2011

Singers Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Clarkson have more than hit records in common—they also embody the triangle, or pear, body shape. Triangles are curviest on the bottom (note Lopez’s famously voluptuous rear) and have slim shoulders, chests and waistlines.

Your silhouette style: A-line and ball gown silhouettes flatter triangle-shaped brides. “It is best to select a gown with some sort of detail at the waist to draw the eye to the smallest part of the body,” advises Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the Shore. “Brides with a triangle shape should avoid a mermaid or fluted silhouette that draws attention to the hips.”

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Wedding Dresses for Triangle Body Shapes

The best bodice: Being slim on top has its advantages. Any neckline will flatter a bride with a triangle figure, but Chapman suggests a strapless sweetheart neckline, brings attention to the décolletage.

The right embellishments: Beading on the bodice and neckline draws the focus to your face, while detailing along the waist show off your svelte midsection.  “Avoid embroidery or layers on the skirt unless it’s a ball gown silhouette,” says Chapman.

The most flattering fabrics: Avoid fabrics that cling to your body, such as charmeuse. Instead, opt for fabrics with some flow, such as silk faille and silk mikado.

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