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Between the dozens of fittings, piles of magazines and hundreds of web bookmarks and inspiration photos, you may feel like you're drowning in a sea of wedding dress options. Whoa, girl! Grab a life vest and start by narrowing things down based on your body type and the style of dress you want. With these two factors in mind, your wedding dress search can become a fun adventure rather than a harrowing battle.
Dresses for a Bottom Curvy Shape
Even if you love empire or mermaid silhouettes on models, you may not look your best in these shapes. Bottom-curvy girls should accentuate their thin upper body and choose a skirt that suits their wider hips and thighs. Pear-shaped girls look great in ball gowns, which are fitted at the top and have a full skirt. Similar Basque silhouettes are also fitted on the top, but they have a low waistline that forms a "V" in front; the skirt on these dresses is usually less full, showing off your fabulous booty. All body types look good in A-lines and princess cuts too. Now scrap any other silhouettes to save time and heartache in the dressing room.
Modern Shapes and Fabrics
Your wedding dress should match the overall style of your wedding and remain true to your personal style. If you love no-frills, clean-cut fashion, choose a modern dress style for your wedding. Select simple, unfussy fabrics -- skip the eyelets and lace. Matte and shiny silks and satins both work, though shiny fabrics require simpler silhouettes, while matte fabrics allow more ruffles and poufs while remaining modern. Often, modern dresses are sleeveless or spaghetti-strapped, while retro and traditional dresses have full or lace sleeves. Bottom-curvy girls look great in sleeveless styles, because they accentuate your petite arms, shoulders and chest.
Choose a Designer
Whether you've got major bucks to spend or a more modest budget, looking at designer dresses will help you narrow down your favorite styles. Even if you can't afford a designer gown, tell your wedding dress consultant or your MOH who your favorite designers are to help them grasp your style. Some modern designers include: Calvin Klein, Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang.
Find Celeb Inspiration
As a bottom-curvy girl, find a celeb whose style you like and who has a similar body type -- bootylicious poster girls J.Lo or Beyonce, for example -- and check out the dresses they've worn. Even if they aren't wedding gowns, their dresses can give you an idea as to the fabrics and styles that may work for you. For example, J.Lo wore a sheer capelet over a modern gown at the 2011 Golden Globes. She shows that a capelet adds balance and volume up top, helping a bottom-heavy girl look extra-curvy. With your new inspiration images in hand, it's time to hit the racks. Go get 'em, girl.