Friday, January 8, 2010

Picking the Perfect Silhouette

One of the most important moments for every bride is when she finds THE dress. There are so many details to consider. The options really are endless. You may have been dreaming of a mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline since you were a little girl, but does this silhouette work for your figure? This is your day and in order for you to really look and feel beautiful picking the best dress for your body is key. The great thing is that Olive offers so many different silhouettes for both you and your bridesmaids. Once you know what you’re looking for, making the decision is easy! Here are some tips for picking the perfect silhouette along with a chart of some of Olive’s offerings.

First, grab a measuring tape. Measure your bust - biggest measurement around your chest. Now measure your waist - the smallest measurement around your waist area. Now your hips - the fullest part of the hip area; this is almost always over the butt. Write all of these measurements down and then read the following.

Hourglass Body Type - your bust and hips are approximately the same measurement (within an inch or two) and your waist is smaller than either of these by at least a four inches. You are in luck! Most styles flatter your classic figure. A Mermaid style however would really show off your curves!
Pear Body Type - your hips are larger than your bust. This is a very common body type. You want to avoid dresses that hide your waist. An a-line dress is the most flattering for you because it gives you a balanced appearance of an hourglass figure. It even works with an upside down pear, which is when your bust is larger than your hips.
Apple or Athletic - all your measurements are similar. To create the appearance of a waist and a hourglass figure you’ll want to select dresses with gathers or other details on the hips and bust. This will highlight those areas and give you a softer more feminine shape.

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