{Dresses Defined} The Ball Gown

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On the wedding day, all of us gals want to look and feel our best – and for some, it all starts with the dress! The ball gown is the little girls’ dream dress, featured on many fairytale princesses and in movies galore. The dress can truly set the tone, as it is featured on the star of the day. Of course, this dress displays beautifully on specific body shapes and is typically best worn at more upscale soirees.

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Gown by Oscar de la Renta

Who should wear a ball gown?
Thin, tall, triangle or rectangle figured brides look great in a classic ball gown. Brides with a slight pear shape figure or slim hour glass figure will look stunning in a less defined waist ball gown, with a fuller skirt.

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Gown by Blue by Enzoani

Who shouldn’t wear a ball gown?
Ball gowns do not typically flatter a petite figure, a pronounced pear shaped or hourglass figure. While some have said that a ball gown is recommended to disguise a pear shape, this is only true if the hips are slightly wider than the shoulders. If the hips are larger that the shoulders, the ball gown will actually do the opposite and instead, it emphasizes the hips. The ball gown is definitely a statement dress and sometimes the drama can hide a smaller bride.

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Gown by Amsale

Are you wearing a ball gown on your wedding day?

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