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Plus Size Bridal Fit Facts- Part 2

Plus Size Bridal Fit Facts- Part 2

Before you decide on a dress, you need to examine its characteristics to see if they complement your curves. Before you hit the racks or the bridal salon, there are few fit facts that you must consider. 

This is a continuation of Plus Size Bridal Fit Facts 1-3.

Fit Fact #4 The next body shape is the triangle, which means you have a relatively small bust and waist and carry most of your weight in your hips.   Where you are widest is where you need to diminish. So keep the fabric below the waist simple, less volume, less fabric or pattern to enlarge the area. Keep the beading, pleating, details about the waist where the width is less. You have a defined waist but you need to bring the attention above the waist. You may even want to consider a slight shoulder pad to add proportion and balance the hips. Consider a modified trumpet or A-line dress. Or the bias cut which skims over the hip. If you have a bit of a tummy, try some gathers or ruching which actually disguises your tummy. Too flat of a garment shows the “bulge” and even shapewear somethings cannot disguise the bump. Look for styles that sculpts the bust and waist and ease over your hip and give you the movement that you need. You may want to buy a two piece if your hips are more than 12” difference from your waist. You can be two to three different sizes top to bottom. Whateve, just go for more ease, less squeeze. Believe me, you’ll thank us when you look at those unforgiving photos later.

Fit Fact #5 The rectangle shape generally carries weight through the torso of the body and does not have a defined waistline but the bust/waist/hip measurements are nearly equal.  If you are a rectangle don’t go for a block column of color. You need to make it look like you are an hourglass, it can be done.  Instead go for a style that skims the body but adds curve to avoid the blocky columnar effect.  The bridal industry refers to this style as the “sheath.”  Most rectangle or waist not body types have nice looking arms, squared off shoulders and slim looking legs.  Consider a dress with a sexy slit up the side or an off-shoulder design. Guaranteed all eyes will be on that diagonal line that is created which spells ‘mystery.’ And don’t forget a fabulous shoe, because it is all about the leg and foot.

Fit Fact #6 – The oval shape also carries most of the weight through the torso with the difference being she has no pronounced waistline.  Don’t go for body hugging fabrics such as satin or taffeta or for anything with a set-in waist. It will only draw a line right where you are the widest.  Instead look for flow-y chiffons or soft draped fabrics.  A good idea is to have the eye go to either above or below the full waist area. You simply draw attention away from that area by having a fabulous border or an interest bodice or shoulder embellishment. The entire garment should skim the body softly and loosely.  Think of columnar styles that allow for full waistlines while elongating the body. Often times the princess seam “draws a curve” on the body and gets the silhouette out of the dreaded refrigerator look. The good news is that fashion forward designers are showing a collection of vintage inspired designs reminiscent of the roaring 20’s known as the “flapper dress.”  This style usually has a bias cut tank style that skims smoothly to the toes.  The key is to use soft breezy fabric to drape over the body creating a long line. A monochromatic color head to toe is a way to look taller because the eye doesn’t stop anywhere and the continuous movement creates the illusion of length.

Fit Fact #6 – The oval shape also carries most of the weight through the torso with the difference being she has no pronounced waistline.  Don’t go for body hugging fabrics such as satin or taffeta or for anything with a set-in waist. It will only draw a line right where you are the widest.  Instead look for flow-y chiffons or soft draped fabrics.  A good idea is to have the eye go to either above or below the full waist area. You simply draw attention away from that area by having a fabulous border or an interest bodice or shoulder embellishment. The entire garment should skim the body softly and loosely.  Think of columnar styles that allow for full waistlines while elongating the body. Often times the princess seam “draws a curve” on the body and gets the silhouette out of the dreaded refrigerator look. The good news is that fashion forward designers are showing a collection of vintage inspired designs reminiscent of the roaring 20’s known as the “flapper dress.”  This style usually has a bias cut tank style that skims smoothly to the toes.  The key is to use soft breezy fabric to drape over the body creating a long line. A monochromatic color head to toe is a way to look taller because the eye doesn’t stop anywhere and the continuous movement creates the illusion of length.

Reading through the above fit facts, it suddenly occurred to us that if you get these mantras right for your wedding day, you’ll be able to apply them to all your clothing choices from the trousseau (does anyone actually do that anymore?) to the nightwear, to the honeymoon and beyond. You do have to come back to reality after your big day….isn’t it nice to know you’ve learned something that you can carry with you everyday through your life. Your husband will LOVE that you always look good, and not just coming down the aisle.

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About the Authors: 

Judith Ann Graham is a professional makeup artist and has specialized in the Bridal Market for over 15 years. With years of bridal experience, she wrote the popular The Bride Guide. Catherine and Judith are both instructors at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and members of the Association of Image Consultants International. Together they formed a company called Your Image Power which focuses on career fairs for job seekers needing to focus their ABC’s (Appearance, Behavior and Communication).

Catherine Schuller is a professional Image Consultant specializing in the plus size client. She has helped thousands of women with her Shape Shopping with Figure&Fit instore retail program which she designed after studying the image program at Parsons School of Design in the mid 90s when she was phasing out of plus size modeling and into the image consulting profession.

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