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Best Wedding Dress Styles for Your Body Type

Published on November 13, 2017 . Blog

Women are not one size fits all kinds of beings. We come in all shapes, sizes, and heights, and because of that, it can sometimes be difficult to find clothes that feel comfortably and look stunning. Wedding dresses included.

Since your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, you’ll want to find a gown that fits like a glove and feels just as divine. To find such a dress, you’ll want to keep your body shape in mind. Wearing a dress that fits your shape makes all the difference in how you look and how comfortable you feel. And believe me, you’ll want to feel comfortable during all of those special moments. 

There are certain aspects of a dress that can help enhance your particular shape. Find out what your shape is using the guide below and get an idea of what your perfect dress looks like.

Straight/Rectangle – your waist, hip, and shoulder widths are similar

Dress style to try: A-line

  • to get curves, add ruching, cinching, and layering
  • a bustier gives the girls a boost
  • pockets add shape
  • keep it snug in the middle and add flare to the bottom
  • peplum adds shape to slim hips
A-line Wedding Dress
Stella York via World of Bridal

Hourglass – shoulders and hip width are similar and set off by a small waist

Dress style to try: Mermaid

  • enhance your waist with a belt or sash
  • a wrap creates movement and is forgiving
  • find a good bra that showcases your bust
Mermaid Wedding Dress
Allure Bridal via Hi Miss Puff

Pear – your lower body is wider than your upper body, your waistline is defined and your bottom half is rounded

Dress style to try: Ballgown 

  • a-line skirts cover a full lower half
  • ruffles and gathering at the top draw eyes up
  • keep dresses wide to balance the hips
  • strapless dresses show off arms and even out proportions
Ballgown Wedding Dress
via Wedding Forward

Apple – your hips are narrow, your shoulders and back are broad, and most of your weight accumulates above the hips

Dress style to try: Empire

  • create the illusion of a longer torso with v-neck tops
  • wear belts at the smallest part of your waist
  • empire silhouettes conceal tummy bulge
Empire Waist Wedding Dress
via Girl With Curves

Inverted Triangle – your bottom half is smaller than your top and there is little definition between waist and hips

Dress style to try: Trumpet or Tea Length

  • balance your top half by drawing attention to your legs
  • a slim bodice and flared skirt provide a counterpoint to broad shoulders
Tea Length Wedding Dress
Kayta Katya via Chic Vintage Brides