How To Dress Your Bridesmaid For Her Body Type

Help your bridesmaids look their best with this body type silhouette guide.

    Women come in all shapes and sizes, and you want the girls to feel comfortable on your big day as well, right? Here's a few pointers to keep in mind when dressing your besties:

    Her body shape: Straight.

    Definition: Shoulders and hips which are roughly the same size, with not much definition around the waist.

    How to dress her: Look for a dress with a defined waist. Think an A-line, empire or mermaid silhouette, or simply a relaxed dress with a nipped-in waist.

    Her body shape: Apple.

    Definition: A ribcage and waist that are wider than hips and shoulders.

    How to dress her: Empire cut and wrap dresses will be her most flattering.

    Her body shape: Pear.

    Definition: A combo of slender shoulders, with wider hips and thighs.

    How to dress her: The universally flattering silhouette: the A-line.

    Her body shape: Hourglass.

    Definition: Her shoulders and hips are pretty much the same size as each other, but her waist is narrow and therefore very defined.

    How to dress her: Look for body-hugging dresses – such as a mermaid silhouette styles that feature V or sweetheart necklines.

    Her body shape: Inverted triangle.

    Definition: If the top portion of her body is larger than the bottom part, she likely has an inverted triangle-shaped body. An easy way to tell is if her shirt size is larger than her pant size.

    How to dress her: Choose a dress with an A-line skirt, and show off her shoulders with a sleek sleeveless dress or a sweetheart neckline.

    For more information about bridesmaid style, grab the latest issue of New Zealand Weddings magazine.

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