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How to choose a style to suit your body type

Written by    Last updated: October 10, 2006

Whatever your body type is, check out our guide to creating a balanced look on your wedding day…


Bottom Heavy

Be proud of your womanly curves! Some of the most beautiful women in showbiz are bottom heavy – just look at J Lo or Beyonce! However, there are some things you can do to balance with the top half of your figure.


  • pick darker shades for your bottom half and stick to low‐waisted styles that elongate your torso
  • use interesting detail on the top half, such as an elaborate bodice or heavy jewellery, to distract attention from the hips
  • off the shoulder styles look great on this enviably feminine shape


  • wearing gathered, pleated or long gypsy style skirts will add bulk to the hips due to the extra fabric
  • high waisted styles will give the appearance of even bigger hips
  • halter neck style are not best suited to this shape

Broad Shoulders

If your shape is triangular, with the hips much smaller than the shoulder, you have an athletic look and there are things you can do to give a softer, feminine look.


  • either wear low cut hipster styles to make the most of your narrow waist and hips or go for higher waisted styles give the illusion of curves in the hip area.
  • a sweetheart neckline will have the effect of breaking up the breadth of the shoulders and enhancing the bust area.
  • accessorise with stunning jewellery to draw attention towards your face and neck.


  • halter‐necks, off‐the‐shoulder styles and puff sleeves are best avoided for you.
  • excessively loose styles can create bad body proportions for this shape.

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