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Dress Shopping: What’s the Best Fit For You?

September 8, 2015 by The Marquardt Ranch

It’s the moment you’ve been dreaming of your whole life: wedding dress shopping.  You’ve got your dream guy and now you need a dream dress to fit the occasion.  No big deal, right? It’s just the most important garment you’ll ever wear for the rest of your days.  (Insert hyperventilating here.)  But seriously.  Wedding dress shopping doesn’t have to be stressful.  It can be the best part of your wedding planning process and over the next month, we want to let you in on a few little secrets we’ve picked up over the years.  So let the pinning and the magazine page ripping commence.  It’s time to live your dreams and let your perfect dress come to life!

First things first, there’s a lot to be done before you show up at your dress appointment. (And we do encourage making appointments)  As much as you want to try on every dress within a 50 mile radius, we suggest choosing your venue first. Your venue sets the tone for your day and you won’t want to be uncoordinated.  Once you’ve got that settled, you’re ready to dive in to question #1:

Which Style is the Best Fit for You? 

You’ve worn plenty of pretty dresses in your life, from homecomings to proms to a few bridesmaid dresses.  At this point, you’ve probably seen yourself in almost every style of dress you thought imaginable.  But wait, there’s more. Wedding dresses are a totally different ball game.  What you thought you loved most may be trumped by a style you never saw coming.  Before you walk into your dress appointments, take a few minutes to review this handy dandy chart.  We’ve got it all explained below:


Mermaid: fitted all the way to the knee where it kicks out with a subtle pouf

  • Who Should Wear It: hourglass figures

A-Line: fitted top with a flowing bottom, not as full as a ball gown

  • Who Should Wear It: anyone

Ball Gown: fitted top with a very full bottom, akin to Cinderella’s dress at the ball

  • Who Should Wear It: pear-shaped figures, taller figures

Empire: high waistline with a similar bottom to the A-line, usually includes detail at the waist

  • Who Should Wear It: petite figures

Trumpet: fitted all the way to mid-thigh and kicks out subtly

  • Who Should Wear It: curvy figures

With a fit in mind, you’re one step ahead walking into your appointment.  Your consultant will be ready to tackle all the details–neckline, beading, lace, fabric–with you and before you know it, you’ll be saying/screaming/crying YES to the dress!

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