3 Tricks for Finding a Flattering Wedding Dress

Wedding Dresses

When you start shopping for your wedding dress the absolute, most important thing is that you find a gown that fits you perfectly. But contrary to popular belief, flattering your shape takes a lot more than just finding a dress silhouette that works. There are other ways to show off your best assets, whether it's choosing a dress that comes in a more structural fabric that molds your body's outline, or picking a color that complements your complexion. Here, three easy ways to flatter your body with your wedding dress!

Fabric Matters
Finding your best look is about more than just the perfect silhouette. A heavier, more structured material will hold its shape and smooth your figure. Try silk shantung, taffeta, or guipure lace; avoid clingy jersey, unstructured silk, or filmy chiffon.

Choose Your Color Wisely
As for color, off-white shades like ivory and eggshell are more flattering than true white. And don't be afraid of pastels like blush and mint green; a color that works with your hair, eyes, and skin tone distracts from body issues.

Think About Length
Wearing a formal gown? The bottom of your dress should graze the floor. (Don't forget to bring your wedding shoes when you have it hemmed!) Tea length works best on taller brides, but if you're petite, you can still pull off the look. Make sure the hem hits just above the curve of your ankle to elongate your legs. Knee-length styles should end where your knee dips in to meet your calf; drawing attention to your legs' smallest point helps them look lean and willowy.

For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

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