Today’s wedding dresses play up simplicity and elegance. Gone are the days of looking like a wedding cake topper, all ruffles and beading. This is doubly true for a woman with an hourglass shape. You don’t need extra embellishment to show off your curves. A modern, simple, dress is ideal for you to shine on your wedding day and wear your dress, instead of the other way around.
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New silhouettes these days are rare when it comes to dresses. Modernity depends on fabric and embellishment (or lack thereof). The classic mermaid shape is one that an hourglass woman will look divine in. The dress is fitted throughout the torso in a corset style, is nipped in at the waist and continues downward following the shape of your hips. The hem flares out like mermaid’s tail, hence the name. A Wedding dress or as we call in Germany, Hochzeitskleider, in this shape made of satin or silk with beading at the bottom is the picture of modern. Or try the dress in wrapped chiffon with ruching at the waist to further define it.
The A-line dress is one of the most common wedding shapes today. A corseted top flares out at the hips and the dress has the overall shape of an A. This is flattering to you curvy girls if you have a waist to show off. It will also disguise a less than perfectly shaped backside and hips. This gown is usually big, with crinoline underneath to emphasize the A shape. It’s typically made from one piece of duchess satin and is perfect for the bride who is disinterested in embellishments. Anything extra on such a strongly defined shape can look tacky.
A gown with a silk bodice or skirt cut on the bias will hug the hips of a shapely, but fit, bride, though, some shapewear underneath can smooth out minor imperfections. A train will help to balance out your hips and bust and draw the eye downward to the shape of your fabulous figure. This type of dress was popular in the ’30s and remains a classic for modern brides. A V-neck line with a minimizing undergarment that reduces cleavage will make the look its classiest possible.
What to Avoid
The hourglass shape does not look flattering in just any old dress. If you know what to avoid, you can save yourself a lot of time in the dressing room. Corset tops that go straight across your chest are a no-no. They make a large bust look like a shelf. Instead, opt for a V or sweetheart neck line. Make sure to define that waist and avoid any gowns that obscure it. Empire waist dresses look best on petite girls with small chests; an hourglass shape runs the risk of looking like maternity wear.