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No matter what your shape, there is a dress out there just for you. BRIDES magazine outlines six popular wedding-dress cuts and explains who looks best in them.
1. Column: Straight and sleek, this often-strapless dress has no waistline. Whom it flatters: It's perfect for petite and short-waisted women--a column's continuous line adds height to a small frame. Curvy girls should steer clear of its slender shape.
2. Princess: A flared, vertically seamed skirt gives this dress a regal feel. Whom it flatters: This style looks fantastic on most figures, but pear-shaped gals benefit most from its camouflaging cut, which hides fuller hips while balancing the torso.
3. A-line: A fluid line gently flares from the underarm to the hem. Whom it flatters: Anyone can wear an A-line dress, but it's an especially savvy choice for thick-waisted or voluptuous women who want to minimize their curves.
4. Mermaid: Also known as the fit-and-flare, this sexy dress hugs the waist and hips, then flares from the knees. Whom it flatters: If you're tall, curvy, or long-waisted, an hourglass-shaped gown is a showstopping pick.
5. Ball gown: A close-fitted bodice meets a full, floor-length skirt in this quintessentially formal bridal style. Whom it flatters: Short-waisted and pear-shaped girls should choose this silhouette, since it gives the midsection definition.
6. Slipdress: Superslinky, this lingerie look skims the body from bustline to hem. Whom it flatters: You need to be in amazing shape to rock this slim-fit cut. A waist-free wonder, it also helps petite women make a statuesque statement.