The Dress Fitting

This is a highlight of your wedding planning. Here’s what to know about the styles you’ll try on.
  1. Sexy Mermaid

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    A curve-hugging mermaid-style gown can show off a shapely figure. The key is getting the right fit—the dress should skim over the hips and thighs but not be so tight that it wrinkles. Think: long line all the way down to the flare.

    Gown, $1,199, EssenseDesigns.com; earrings, $35,000, IvankaTrump.com; necklace, $495, SamanthaWills.com; ring, $3,300, EfvaAttling.com

  2. Glamorous Asymmetrical

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    One-shoulder styles can be just as flattering as strapless ones. Just be sure the strapless side hits high enough that it doesn’t give you an up-top muffin top.

    Gown, $1,399, MaggieSottero.com; brooch used as a hair clip, $49,500, earrings, $3,400, and bracelet, $12,000, HStern.net

  3. Stunning Strapless

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    Strapless styles flatter almost every body type. The best fits are straight across with a little dip in the middle that falls slightly higher than your cleavage.

    Gown (with floral sash not shown), $699, AlfredAngelo.com; earrings, $1,395, KaraRossNY.com; belt, $275, TwigsandHoney.com

  4. Sophisticated Slim Cut

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    Look for a fitted style that nips at the natural waist, with a little bit of give around the hips. This way you can sashay around the dance floor without having to suck in your stomach.

    Gown, $838, AllureBridals.com; necklace, $3,105, MeiraTBoutique.com; brooch, $65, NinaBridal.com; engagement ring, $40,000, IvankaTrump.com

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