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The first step to making sure that you choose the perfect fit dress for a bridesmaid is to understand your body type. There are five different body types: pear, apple, banana, hourglass, and an inverted triangle body. Each body has various features that ladies need to focus on to accentuate and flatter with the kind of dress they select. In this article, we will guide how to choose bridesmaid dresses for the five different body types. Also, we will discuss some of the bridesmaid dress ideas from Cicinia suitable for these body shapes.
Pear body shape
This is a body type whereby the upper areas are narrower than the bottom. These women appear smaller around the shoulder and waist while bearing large hips, thighs, and butts. This body can be challenging to style since it is hard to find a dress that fits around the waist with their wide hips.
How to choose a bridesmaid dress for a pear body shape
Choose an A-line fit and flare dress
A-line bridesmaid dresses are meant to fit on top and flow down to the floor to flatter the hips. So, an A-line dress would work for such ladies since it fits mid-section to show off the tiny waist and flatter their hips without clinging to the body for a good look.
Choose an off-shoulder dress
In most cases, pear-shaped women do not have large busts, and they would want to take away focus on this area. Also, they tend to have narrow shoulders, almost the same measurement as the waist area. Hence, dresses with off-shoulder and cap sleeves work magic in adding some volume to the shoulders for a wider look. Also, they show off their cute collarbone.
The best bridesmaid dresses for pear body shape
This dress is designed to hug the body to display those gorgeous curves. It has off-shoulder sleeves to expand the shoulders and a V-neck that outlines a magnificent cleavage. The padding on the midsection gives the dress a good shape while contouring the waist. It has been designed in a mermaid look to flatter the hips.
What I like about this dress is the A-frame and flowy design at the bottom to flatter and compliments this body type. This dress is a great choice for ladies with large hips who probably may not want to focus too much on that section. The sleeveless and V neck on the top creates a beautiful illusion of broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The flowy skirt does accentuate the hips while giving a good balance to the body figure.
Apple body shape
Apple-shaped women have larger shoulders and busts, with fuller midsection or waist, and their hips appear to be smaller. So, when choosing a dress, you need a bridesmaid dress that will make the core look smaller and probably widen the hips for a good balance with the large shoulders and bust areas.
How to choose a bridesmaid dress for apple body shape
Choose a dress in pleats
Pleats are known to add volume around the hips, making women look fuller on the hips compared to the midsection. So, get that look by choosing bridesmaid dresses with pleats.
Choose a fitting top with a flared bottom
The dress should fit around the midsection to define the waist, and the flared bottom with pleats will add an illusion of hips.
Go for bright colours
Bright colours help focus on specific areas that you wish to create a silhouette for the best looks.
The best bridesmaid dresses for apple body shape
The pleats on the skirt of this dress add volume at the bottom, but it also has a thigh-high slit that makes any woman appear wider at the bottom. The dress has a V-neck, leaving your beautiful cleavage showing whether you have a smaller or large bust. It is a sleeveless bridesmaid dress which means that; your shoulders will appear broader to balance with the dress's skirt-the padding at the midsection contours around the waist to give that snatched waist look.
Look all glammed and sexy at a wedding reception by rocking this dress if you have an apple-shaped body. The dress's sleeves are flare to widen the shoulders, and the skirt has a slit that gives a slit silhouette for a wider look at the bottom when walking. This dress provides a slim waist with wide hips and shoulders look from its design.
Banana body shape
A banana-shaped body has the shoulders, bust, and hips having the same width, such that a woman appears to have a rectangular shape. So, when choosing a bridesmaid dress for a woman with a banana shape, you need to focus on a dress that defines the waist to balance the wide shoulder and hips.
How to choose a bridesmaid dress for a banana body shape
Consider a pleated skirt with a fitting top dress
A combo of a dress that adds hips with a fitting on the midsection will give an hourglass shape since it allows the broad shoulders to stand out, and the pleats add width to the dress to give a wider hips illusion.
Choose a halter dress
The bridesmaid dresses made in halter style accentuate the better part of the body: the shoulders, and define the waist. Make sure the dress you choose has a flared bottom to give a wider hips illusion.
The best bridesmaid dresses for banana body shape
This is a good example of a halter neckline bridesmaid dress with a pleated skirt that looks amazing for a banana-shaped woman. It widens the bottom, making a woman appear to have wider hips, and the halter neckline reveals the broad shoulders. The dress has a strap waistband to show the waistline, and the padding of the top helps to reveal the waist better.
A banana-shaped bridesmaid can also rock a short dress, and this is a great dress for such a body. It has padding at the top to give a firm fit around the bust, and the V-neck does allow the wide shoulders to stand out. The skirt of this dress is pleated to add more volume to the hips. The waistband connects the skirt and the top for a well-defined waistline.
Hourglass body shape
This is probably every woman's dream body type. With the right clothes, it brings out the best features of a woman's body. An hourglass body type has broad shoulders and hips while the waist is significantly small. Such women may also have or not have large busts.
How to choose a bridesmaid dress for an hourglass body shape
Choose a mermaid dress
Mermaid dresses hug the body in the right places to accentuate the curves. So, it will highlight the tiny waist while allowing the hips and shoulders to pop out for a gorgeous body look.
Consider a sheath dress
With an hourglass body shape, you don't necessarily need a dress that makes you appear fuller at the bottom as you are already happy. So, a sheath dress for your body would be a good choice since it is designed to contour the body without adding volume.
The best bridesmaid dresses for hourglass body shape
This dress is perfect for an hourglass shape since it has a halter neckline to elaborate the look around the shoulders. The sheath silhouette and the floor-length design ensure the dress flows down to showcase those curves. This dress has padding to define the waist and give a good fit at the midsection area. It also has a slit, so it does not look too plain and for that sexy look.
The dress gives a definite trumpet mermaid look with a tiny waist and curvy hips. It is a floor-length dress, so it flows well and does not fold while walking. The dress is made with a chiffon skirt, and the top has lace materials with a halter neckline for a chic look.
Inverted triangle body shape
An inverted body-shaped woman has broader shoulders and sometimes a large bust compared to the hips. So such a body needs a dress that will add volume to the hips area.
How to choose a bridesmaid dress for an inverted triangle body shape
Choose an A-line and pleated dress
An A-line dress will slim the top, mainly the midsection area, while flaring the bottom for a wider look. Adding pleats is good for extra skinny women for a curvy look.
Consider a V-neck dress
V-neck dresses are great if one wants to create a focal point at the neck and bust areas. The V-neck shows cleavage while allowing the shoulders to shine and look broader.
The best bridesmaid dresses for Inverted triangle body shape
The V-neck and ruffled sleeves create a beautiful and sexy illusion of the bust and shoulders. The dress has padding that slimes the body's midsection for a finer and narrower waist. The dress is chiffon and has a floor-length, smoothly flowing down to the floor. The dress has a sheath silhouette that slims the top body and widens the bottom.
This elegant dress is made with a long v-neck that extends to reveal cleavage and a better part of the back section. The dress sleeves are short but have details that add some elegance to the dress. It is a floor-length dress and has an A-line style to compliment the body.
Depending on your body type, make sure the dress accentuates the body and fits well. We have also given bridesmaid dresses ideas that are available at Cicinia. So, check out these dresses to find the one that works for your body type and wedding theme.