Many women in the UK have a pear-type body shape, which includes the following general attributes:
• Smaller bust
• Wider hips/legs
• Larger lower half of the body
• Lower half of body (hips and thighs) is wider than bust/shoulders
Wedding dresses which work particularly well for brides with a pear-type body shape are dresses which help balance out the top half of the body. This can be done through enhancing the bust area and deflecting attention away from areas such as hips or bottom. Brides with a pear-type body shape often have a defined waist, so make the most of this and show it off in your wedding gown!
Wedding dresses that accentuate your defined waist or enhance your bust will therefore flatter your figure. Dress styles which skim over your hips and legs rather than being skin tight will also suit you better.
A-Line style wedding dresses are ideal for brides with pear-type body shapes as the skirt goes out from the waist in the shape of a letter A. A-Line dresses can enhance your bust area, accentuate your waist, and skim over your hips and legs. As a result, A-Line dresses are among the most popular styles of bridal gowns and there are many variations in terms of fullness, colour, fabric and weight.
Dresses with Empire lines are also flattering for brides with pear-type body shapes, as they completely skim over wider hips and legs, elongating the body to make it appear taller as well as slimmer around the hips.
Another wedding dress style that tends to suit pear-type body shapes is the Ball Gown. Ball Gowns often go out from the waist, so they show off the well-defined waist and avoid drawing attention to the hips or upper legs.
Column shaped dresses made from gathered chiffon with a satin or silk underlay can also suit brides with pear-type body shapes. This is because the natural waist is highlighted, whilst the volume of gathered fabric falling straight to the floor will hide areas such as stomach, hips or bottom.
It is usually best for brides with pear-type body shapes to avoid Fishtail, Sheath and Trumpet style dresses as well as Column dresses made from one layer of satin as each of these styles will cling to areas such as the bottom, hips and thighs, and draw attention to them.
There are many varieties of pear-type body shapes and each bride will feel different about the areas they wish to show off. Brides with pear-type body shapes look great in A-Line, Empire line and Ball Gown style dresses. Trying on these different styles will make it easier for you to find the dress that will suit you best for your special day.
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