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When your style gets described as off-beat and vintage chic, you know to shop for a retro wedding dress. With so many cuts and styles available, fitting your athletic body type doesn't have to be as tough as finding your soul mate. Accentuate your assets and be proud of your healthy, toned body. You're a gal who can pull off nearly any wedding gown cut.
If you know how to dunk and spike, use your long legs to show off a vintage sheath wedding gown. The long flowing style evokes a simple elegance not many women can pull off. But, you can! If your torso and legs are short, slip into a princess-cut A-line gown with a drop waist. This will make you appear taller while highlighting your sleek waist and taking attention away from muscular legs. For a casual wedding ceremony, consider a tea-length gown with an empire waist to flaunt your muscular calves.
Being in shape is beautiful. Just don't let your athletic physique overpower your wedding-day look. Avoid fitted cap sleeves or three-quarter-length sleeves, even though these styles look retro. If you have toned, muscular arms, opt for a flowing cap sleeve, spaghetti straps or a loose-fitting bolero. You want your dress to fit no matter how much you workout before the big day.
Wedding dresses from the 1950s and 1960s offer glorified details. Oversize bows, gathered fabric and glittery broaches often adorned the bride's gown. Use one of these features to add a focal point to your wedding dress. Draw attention to your svelte decolletage with an over-the-shoulder strap tied in a bow. Or pin a rhinestone-encrusted broach at your hip to accentuate your slim waist and delicate fabric draping details.
Your hairstyle is the cherry atop your fabulous retro wedding gown. An uplifting beehive will add height to your look, while a well-coiffed bob secured with a flower hair clip will downplay your natural height and give off a retro vibe. Consider a wide-width headband layered with pearls, crystals or rhinestones. If you choose to wear a veil, keep it old school, too. Pearl embellishments or a silk ribbon border looks fabulously vintage.