Fit Is Not Seasonal, or Destination Based
There's a lot to be said for proper fit. It is important when you go shopping for jeans, and it's just as important when you are shopping for our dream wedding dress. Finding the proper fit depends on your body type. There's the apple - bigger up top, smaller on the bottom. A pear smaller up top and bigger on the bottom. Keep in mind though most people are a combination of body types. For example there are small-busted pear shapes, large busted, tall girls with broad shoulders, you get the idea. No matter which category(ies) you fit in, every body has it's own challenges and despite those challenges, the right fit, will help you come out looking beautiful no matter your shape.
Perfect fit for the Pear Shape Girl
When you picture a pear it is smaller on the top and bigger on the bottom. So, in looking for dresses you want to think about drawing all the focus to your assets, your upper body, and away from those more challenging areas. Look for A-line silhouettes, empire or waist hugging dresses, and fuller skirts that just float over your hips and thighs. Stay away from, anything clingy, the result is generally not flattering. Also, don't forget the power of a good undergarment (we like Donna Karen body slimmers or Spanx) to help keep everything in place.
If You're the Apple of His Eyes
Apple shapes tend to be bigger on the top and smaller on the bottom. Look for waist cinching dresses that sit (and highlight) the smallest part of your natural waist, and then gradually flare out at the bottom. The bottom flare will visually balance out your body, and instantly, make you look longer and leaner. Scout out dresses that have snug built in corsets, fabrics with texture or details like lace, or ruoching up top. Textural details will camouflage bigger areas as long as it is very fitted. Avoid anything clingy (read: trumpet style dresses are a no) because they will emphasize the largest part of your body.
For the Girl With Small Hips
Proper fit is a little more general in this case. It's really about creating the illusion of feminine curves. You can achieve the hourglass silhouette with dresses that cinch in, and thus, create a waistline.
Proper Fit For the Bustier Girls
If you have a larger bust, necklines are the area to focus on first. You want to look for necklines that open up your face and tastefully show off the girls. Look for v-neck, scoop, and sweetheart necklines. Try to avoid any necklines that are cut straight across, as it will make your bust look more shelf-like. Also avoid anything with rouching, as it will only add bulk. Lastly, if you opt for an empire dress, make sure the band sits completely below your bosom.
Any dress with extra fabric (or rouching) up top will help enhance what you have. Smaller bosoms also make it easier to pull off a deep V neckline as there is a smaller chance of anything spilling out and creating the dreaded wardrobe malfunction. Depending on the dress, you can have padded cups sewn in, and don't forget about the magical qualities of undergarments like push up bras and silicone bra inserts like "cleavage cupcakes."