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Every bride is different, and therefore so is every wedding dress. From colour to fabric, to silhouette and to size, there can be tiny differences from one to the next that make them unique in their own way. One essential tip in choosing your wedding dress is not to freak out about wedding dress sizing. It’s natural for bridal gowns to run two to three sizes larger than your usual size – even for plus size! Once you get your head around the sizing you can focus more on the looks.

Choosing a wedding dress based on your body type

More than your size, it is important to know your body shape in order find the perfect wedding dress that complements your figure. If you don’t know your body type yet, the best way to figure it out is to measure the widest part of your shoulders, bust and hips and the smallest part of your waist with a tape measure.

You’re under the straight or athletic body type category if your shoulders, bust, hips and waist are roughly the same size. You have an inverted triangle body type if your shoulders and bust are larger than your hips. You fall under the pear body type category if your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust. Finally, you have an hourglass body type if your shoulders, bust and hips are close to the same size but your waist is at least one-fourth smaller than your hips.

Once you already know your body type, next is to find an optimal wedding dress style for your shape. For straight or athletic and pear body type, go for empire or a-line wedding dresses. For inverted triangle body type, opt for mermaid or ball gown dresses. For hourglass body type, choose mermaid, ball gown and sheath wedding dresses.

Once you've found the wedding dress that suits your body and sense of style, don’t forget to complete your wedding look with the right pair of bridal shoes and all those important accessories that will have you looking and feeling your best on your special day.

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