You’ve heard the terms before – empire, basque, drop – but what do they mean for you and your body type? There are many things to think about when selecting your wedding dress that it’s easy to overlook various options when it comes to dress shapes and styles.  The bridal waistline is one of the most important decisions to make as it can be the key to creating the most flattering silhouette for your body type.

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Empire: Waistline is directly under the bust which creates a flowing appearance that is universally flattering.

Ideal for: most body types especially if you want to disguise a larger waistline

Not ideal for: hourglass figures because it doesn’t show off the slim

Natural: Waistline falls at the smallest part of your waist

Ideal for: hourglass and minimizing a long torso

Not good for: apples and plus sizes

Asymmetrical: Waistline begins at the natural waistline and falls to one side, flattering the waist and enhancing the curves of the body

Ideal for: pears

Not good for: apples and plus sizes

Princess: No waistline – the dress keeps it’s shape with two “princess seams” that typically run vertically from the shoulder (or under the arm) over the bust point and down to the lower hem creating a long, slimming look often seen in dresses with an “A-line” silhouette

Ideal for: Most body types

Not good for: Those with thicker mid sections

Drop:  A low, horizontal waistline that usually falls near the level of the upper hips usually about one to two inches below the natural waist

Ideal for: hourglasses, tall, and slim frames

Not good for: petites and apples

Exaggerated Drop: Waistline falls on or below the low hip and rises in the center to form an inverted v-shape

Ideal for: hourglasses, tall, and slim frames

Not good for: petites and apples

Basque: Begins just below or at the wearer’s actual waist with the center plunging downward to form a ‘V’ or ‘U’ shape (also known as the drop V waist)

Ideal for: all body types, especially bananas as it accentuates and define the waist

Not good for: those with thicker mid sections as it draws attention to the waist

Inverted Basque: Crosses the body below the natural waistline, and forms an arch or triangle, accentuating the waist and adding length.

Ideal for: pears and petites

Not good for: those with thicker mid sections as it will draw attention to the waist

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