Tips for Pear-Shaped Brides
You belong to this body type if the lower part of your body including your thighs, hips, legs, and your bottom are, shall we say, “voluptuous” while your upper half is slimmer. Rihanna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson all have pear-shaped bodies. This is also dubbed as the “A” body type. This body type is by far the most common body types among women.
For the most ravishing look, you will want to accentuate your shapely waist and create balance between your narrow shoulders and your somewhat wider hips. Choose a wedding gown with a tailored bodice such as a form-fitting corseted top. Complement this with a full skirt or a skirt with an A-line silhouette made from non-clingy fabric to draw the attention away from your hips and keep the focus on your petite waist and upper body. Gowns with ruching are also great options as they work both ways – they make wider body parts look slim and they broaden narrower ones.
Wedding dresses with interesting necklines such as halter, sweetheart, low or plunging V neckline and off the shoulder will draw the eye upward, creating the illusion that your shoulders are broader than they really are and highlights your svelte midsection.
Your body type will look especially sweet wearing a strapless princess style wedding dress. Classic ball gowns are also failsafe options as long as they don’t add additional weight on the bottom. Anything with beautiful details on the upper half paired with a drop waist and voluminous skirt will work for your figure.
Unless you look as smashing as Beyonce, avoid dresses that hug your hips and thighs too tightly such as serpentine gowns, fishtail dresses and most mermaid style gowns. However, pear-shaped brides who are on the thin side may look fabulous in certain mermaid style gowns, as long as the tighter bottom does not create imbalance in terms of the overall look. Sheath or column dresses as well as those with high necklines are definite no-no’s.
If you want inspiration, check out Kate Hudson’s Vera Wang wedding dress in the film “Bride Wars.”