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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dresses that flatter your body shape: Column or Rectangular

We all come in different shapes and sizes. While many women will not fit 100% in one specific category, we have been given guidelines to follow for what looks best on which shape. We would like to touch on each shape individually. This may help you when you are flipping through magazines or printing off images online of dresses you like for your own wedding. Trying on dresses, for the first time, can be overwhelming! If you walk into a bridal store with the knowledge of what dresses will flatter your figure the most, you are one step ahead in the decision making process! 

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In one study we read up about for this post, it said that most American women fit into the Column or Rectangular shape. This shape, if referring to a fruit, is called a Banana. The waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips or bust measurement. Body fat is distributed evenly, you waist is not well defined and your chest is small.  Column shapes should wear sheath, empire or ball gown silhouettes and fit and flare gowns will also flatter this figure:
The halter on accentuates the bust area and the embellished belt will make the waist stand out on Essence style 8906 
Style 124 from the Bonny Collection is perfect for the rectangle shape! The pleated knot overlay will enhance bust line and the corset back will define the waistline. 
Full ball gown skirt adds shape to the bottom half
This mermaid style gown, style 037 from the Bonny Collection is perfect for a rectangular shape! The asymmetrical cut fitted bodice will accentuate the bust and waist. The embellished flare will add a little fullness to the bottom half of the body. 

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