Bridesmaid Dress Wedding Ideas

bridesmaid dress guide

Bridesmaid dress guide A wedding is so much fun to be part of. It is even more special when you get to be the bridesmaid.You have the responsibility of helping the bride prepare for her special day. So how do you dress to fit the role without burning a hole in your pocket?

Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Vin has collaborated with Dresswe.com to bring you the ultimate guide to bridesmaid dresses.

Dresswe.com is one of the leading suppliers of wedding & special occasion dresses in China. Currently, they cater to over 230 countries worldwide. They provide the latest trends in bridal fashion, offering fashionable dresses of good quality at the most reasonable price and even accepting orders for custom made items for every bride and her bridesmaid in the world. Check out there store at:

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In this guide, you will learn how to select your dream dress, that flatters your body type,skintone, height and more. We will even discuss the best materials for bridesmaid dresses. By the time you finish reading this post, you will be ready to choose the perfect bridesmaid dress.

Body Types

There are four common body types and below we listed the dress style that will work best for each.

Hourglass Figure:

You need to make sure that the dress you wear creates a defined waistline and makes your bust and hips look well balanced. The ideal styles for you are:

  • Wrap style dresses
  • Mermaid style dresses
  • Belted waistlines

Silhouette

  • A-line

Sleeve Length

  • Strapless
  • Spaghetti strap styles
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Wrap Style, Single Spaghetti Strap Dress
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Mermaid Style, Strapless Dress
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Belted, A-Line Dress

 

Pear Figure:

You need to balance a smaller torso and a larger bottom. You can do this by wearing necklines with plenty of detailing and design. A flared skirt will help to create an even silhoutte. The perfect dresses for you are:

  • Strapless ball gowns
  • A-line dresses
  • Off-the-shoulder necklines

Silhouette:

  • Drop waist
  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Surplus bodice

Sleeves:

  • Sleeveless
  • Spaghetti strap
  • Strapless
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Strapless Ball Gown

 

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Surplus Bodice, A-line dress
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Off Shoulder, Sleeveless Empire Waist Dress

Avoid:

  • Column dresses
  • Straight skirts

 

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Column Dress
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Straight Skirt

 

Apple Figure

Your objective is to create a slimmer waistline. You can achieve this by wearing:

  • Empire waistline dresses
  • Baby doll dresses

Silhoutte:

  • Drop waist
  • A-line
  • Empire

Sleeves:

  • Cap sleeve
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Empire Waistline Dress
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Baby Doll , A-Line Dress

 

Rectangle figure:

You have minimal definition, so you need to try and create curves. The best dresses to do that are:

  • Sheath dresses
  • A-line skirt dresses

Silhoutte:

  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Trumpet skirt

Sleeves:

  • Cap sleeve
  • Wide straps
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Empire Waist, Sheath Dress

 

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Wide Strap,A-line Skirt Dress

 

Other Body Types

Thin:

You need to create a fuller silhoutte. To do this you can wear:

  • Ballgowns
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Ball Gown

Avoid:

  • Off-the- shoulder
  • Strapless necklines

 

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Off Shoulder Dress
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Strapless Dress

 

Large bust:

  • Strapless dresses
  • Neckline that goes straight across the front
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Strapless Dress
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Dress With Straight Neckline

Avoid:

  • Halter neck
  • Criss-cross neck line
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Halter Neck Dress
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Criss-Cross Dress

 

Full-figured

  • Strapless
  • Off-shouldered
  • Ball gowns with very bare necklines and a nipped-in waist
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Strapless Dress
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Off Shoulder Dress
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Ball gown, nipped at waist and having bare neckline.

Avoid

  • Column dresses
  • Dresses with sleeves
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Column Dress
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Dress with Sleeves

Color

It is important to know your skintone when selecting a color to wear.

Colors can be chosen based on the time of year.

Winter/Autumn– Darker colors

Summer/Spring– Brighter colors

Colors that can be worn year round are neutral colors such as black, navy and espresso.

Height

Petite

You need to create a long uninterrupted line. This way you create the illusion of extra inches and an overall tall figure. The dresses that will help you do this are:

  • Straight sheath
  • A-lineskirt
  • Strapless
  • Off-the- shoulder
  • 3/4-length sleeves
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Straight Sheath
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A-line Skirt
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Strapless Dress
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Off Shoulder Dress
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3/4 Sleeves

Avoid:

  • Ball gowns
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Ball Gown

 

Tall

You need to make sure that you do not over emphasise your height. Any dress style looks great on you from A-line skirts to voluminous ball gowns.The best dress types for you are:

  • Fitted bodice
  • Open neckline
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Fitted Bodice and Open Neckline.

Avoid:

  • Long sleeves

Dress Length

Hourglass:

  • Tea length

Pear:

  • Tea length

Apple:

  • Full length
  • Cocktail length

Rectangle:

  • Full length
  • Cocktail length
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Tea-Length Dress
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Cocktail Length/Knee length Dress
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Full Length/Floor Length Dress

Fabric

The most popular fabrics are:

Taffeta fabric– It is worn during winter and autumn becaause it is a good insulator. It is a good fabric for formal weddings.

Satin fabric- It can be worn at any time of the year because it is a comfortable fabric. It is a great choice for formal occassions.

Chiffon fabricIt is worn during summer and spring because it is lightweight. It is perfect for casual weddings. This material looks the best on all body types.

Neckline

Hourglass Body Type:

  • V-neck
  • Sweetheart
  • Scoop

Apple Body Type:

  • One shoulder
  • Square neckline

Pear Body Type :

  • Scoop neckline

Rectangle Body Type:

  • Sweetheart neckline
  • V-neck
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V-Neck Dress
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Sweetheart Neckline
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Scoop Neckline
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One Shoulder
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Square Neckline

Quick fixes:

If the bride has selected the dress, you need to work on the dress to make it suite you. Here are some ways to make an unflattering dress, more flattering.

Body shapers will instantly make your dress look better and increase your confidence n the dress.

Concealing undesirable features:

  • Unshapely legs -can be concealed by a tea or floor length skirt.
  • A large behind- Can be modestly covered by a dress with a full skirt.
  • Untoned arms – Choose a dress that has cap sleeves or illusion netting (a type of tulle) on the arms.
  • A large bust- Try a boatneck or shallow V-neck. Shaping bras can prevent any spillage and a modesty panel can easily be added to the dress for more comfort.
  • A bulging tummy- Try spanx, or any other body shaping garment.

There you have it, the complete guide to bridesmaid dresses. If you have any qustions, be sure to ask me in the comments below. If you liked the dresses from Dresswe.com, you can browse through their entire collection here:

http://www.dresswe.com/bridesmaid-dresses-2014-102562/

I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding 🙂