Tips for Strawberry-Shaped Brides
Also called the “cone”, “v-shaped” or “inverted triangle,” strawberry-shaped women are the opposite of the bottom heavy pear-shaped gals. They are top heavy with broad shoulders, a wide back, hips that are narrower than the shoulders, flat and usually shapeless butt, and nice, slender legs. Runway goddesses Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford and actresses Renee Zellweger and Teri Hatcher belong to this category.
Having broad, athletic shoulders, your first instinct might be to cover them up. Don’t. This will only make your shoulders look wider than they actually are. For strawberry-shaped brides, your worst enemies are the puff sleeves, the cap sleeves and the off-shoulder. Halter, strapless and one-sided necklines are you best choices. Aside from not adding additional width to your shoulders, these necklines will also draw the eye inward creating the illusion of a smaller waistline. Easy does it.
Speaking of waistline, one of your main goals when choosing a wedding dress or gown is to create a well-defined waistline – whether it’s your natural waistline or that narrow area just below your bust. Fitted bodices with slimming embellishments as well as belted tops will help push this cause. As for silhouettes, empires, A-lines, sheaths and ball gowns with full skirts will balance your heavier top half.
If you’re having a beach wedding, garden wedding, or casual wedding and you want to go short, that is perfectly fine as you can show off your great slender legs. However, don’t go too short as this will make you look more top heavy. A couple of inches above the knee would be great. It’s a wedding after all, not a night on the town.
Check out the stunning moss green Carolina Herrera gown Rene Zellweger wore to the 2009 Met Gala for inspiration. Again, just imagine the dress in white. This is exactly the perfect formula for a picture-perfect wedding dress for strawberry-shaped brides – a strapless neckline, a cinched waist, curve adding fit at the hips and interesting skirt details.