Every bride wants to look her best for the wedding day, but with all the wedding planning to-dos, sometimes it's tough to stick as closely as you want to your workout regimen. Luckily, there are a few easy shortcuts you can take to look trim in your wedding dress without hitting the gym every day or driving yourself crazy with diet fads.
Flatter Your Figure
Though alterations will ensure your dress fits, choosing a wedding gown that shows off your best assets (and camouflages your less-than-fab spots) will make sure it flatters. Trying to hide your hips? Go with a romantic empire waist gown or a strapless, full-skirted style. Want to suck it all in? A corseted ball gown is a great option to show off your bust, whittle your waist, and hide hips and thighs. And if you want to show off your curves (or create some), try a mermaid-style gown. A good bet for every body type: an A-line silhouette, which fits at the bust and waist with a skirt that gently flares out from the hips.
Get a Good Support System
Undergarments that fit well are key to a sleek silhouette. To avoid the dreaded bra bulge and create the right amount of cleavage (nothing that will scandalize the grandmas!), get a professional bra fitting to be sure you're wearing the right size. Then, buy a few bras -- check the store's policy, but you can generally return them with the tags -- so you can try them on with your gown and find exactly the right one.
If any part of the lower half of your gown is fitted, invest in some good shapewear. Our favorites are made by Spanx -- they're lightweight, breathable, and come in tons of colors and styles. They're also available in different materials, so you can find garments that won't cling to your gown's fabric but will still nip and tuck you in all the right places.
Stand Up for Yourself
Proper posture can make a big difference in how you look -- and don't worry, it doesn't mean you have to stand at attention all day long. A couple of simple tips can keep you upright and looking svelte. First, keep your shoulders back. If you find your shoulders slouching forward (totally natural if you're tired or nervous!), shrug them up toward your ears a couple of times to loosen yourself up and shift your shoulders back.
Second, try to keep your back straight. Again, the secret is in your shoulders -- you should feel like there's a straight line dropping from them to your hips. If one starts to get ahead of the other, shift yourself and realign. Remember, it's not about standing still all the time -- that's actually more likely to make you slouch! Instead, shift your weight as it feels comfortable to do so, keeping the position of your shoulders and hips in mind from time to time.
Give Your Height a Boost
We're not going to lie and say they're comfortable, but wearing heels is one of the simplest ways to appear thinner. Think about it: Say you're normally five feet, four inches and you weigh 140 pounds. Put on a pair of two-inch heels and suddenly you're five feet, six inches -- but you still weigh 140 pounds! It's not just about having longer legs; heels instantly trick the eye into reapportioning your weight over a taller frame. Worried about foot fatigue? Skip the spindly stilettos and go for something with more support, like a wedge heel, and don't push it too high -- no more than three inches.
Strike the Right Pose
Your wedding photos are how you'll remember your wedding day, so ensure you'll remember that you looked fabulous! Keep your shoulders back, and flatter your jawline by pushing your chin forward. If you can, keep your body slightly turned -- you'll look slimmer than if you're facing straight at the camera. The most ideal look is to tilt your shoulders toward the photographer with your hips on an angle, which makes your waist and hips look instantly narrower.
Especially key for brides? Hold your arms slightly away from your body rather than pressing them against your sides. It can be tough (especially if you've been holding that bouquet all day!) but it makes a huge difference. While it seems like a lot to keep track of, don't forget that you can practice! With all of those prewedding parties, you're going to have your picture taken pretty often -- take advantage so that on your wedding day you can give 'em your best shots.