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Few trends are truly timeless, but a retro wedding dress really will never go out of style -- after all, this trend has already had more comebacks than Britney. If you want a feminine and flattering, yet modest, wedding dress, a retro dress is perfect for you. And as icons like Marilyn Monroe prove, retro style works effortlessly on top-curvy shapes.
There's nothing worse than watching a beautiful blushing bride yanking her top up or, worse still, spilling out of it. While some top-curvy figures can pull off strapless or barely-there tops, this probably isn't a risk you should take on your wedding day. And, even better, more modest necklines are more common among retro dresses. Instead of going strapless or halter, choose a dress with small cap sleeves or wide straps. A square or scoop neckline will accentuate the girls without risking spillage, whereas wide-set straps will draw attention away from them.
If you have a thicker waist, as many top-curvy shapes do, you have a few figure-friendly retro options. An empire waist falls just below the chest, draping loosely over the waist -- especially good for hiding a tummy. On the other hand, a drop waist is fitted through the waist, and the skirt begins at the hips. This 1920s inspired style creates the illusion of curvy hips and flatters a straight waist.
Retro dresses rarely involve a massive ball gown skirt, which is great for top-curvy girls. A ball gown or overly large skirt in combination with your large chest could just make you appear big all around. On the other hand, a more fitted skirt looks streamlined and is more in-keeping with the classic style of your wedding. Try a skirt that is an A-line or slimmer. Almost any slender skirt will do except a mermaid fit; the flare at the bottom can make you look shorter and wider.
If you've ever planned an event before, then you've probably heard the phrase "it's all in the details." That rings true with wedding dresses, too; the right detailing will make your gown a slam dunk. Retro dresses are all about the intricate, hand-stitched detailing like beading and lace. Reserve these extras for the skirt, where they'll add balance to your figure. Too much glitz and glam on your chest can attract a bit too much attention.