How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Shape

Wedding dress shopping is such an exciting and emotional once-in-a-lifetime experience. While you may be prepared with questions you have for your consultant, inspiration pinned on Pinterest, and dresses favorited on our website, you may be still wondering, “what will look best on my body shape?” Well, we’ve got the scoop! Learn about which wedding dresses will work best on your body type, below.


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If you have relatively equal measurements from your bust, waist, to hips, then you’re most likely a rectangle or straight shape. You’re not particularly curvy, so you’ll need a silhouette that shows off the curves you do have. Our pick for you would be a sheath style—body hugging but not too tight, this silhouette will give off an illusion of more curves. Adding a belt or choosing a style with a defined waist also helps to create the illusion of curves.


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If your hips and bust are nearly equal in size and you have a defined waist, you’re most likely an hourglass shape! Show off your curves in a body-hugging mermaid or fit to flare silhouette—they are both perfect to complement your proportions.

Inverted Triangle

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Apple (or inverted triangle) shapes have shoulders and a bust larger than their narrow hips and legs. Because you’re more top-heavy, go with a style that balances out the bottom half, like an a-line or ball gown! A voluminous skirt creates more even proportions. Learn more about shopping as a busty bride, here. 


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Women with an athletic shape usually boast equal shoulder and hip measurements with a slightly smaller waist and defined shoulders. Lucky for you, you have a great décolletage and shoulders to show off—do so in a halter, racerback or strapless style. Give your waist a bit of definition with a belt, and stick with a slim sheath or fit and flare silhouette.


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If your shoulders and bust are narrower than your hips, you’re sporting a pear or triangle shape. With that, you want to choose an a-line or ballgown style that emphasizes your small waist and bust, but does not cling to your hips—creating the illusion of an hourglass. If you have a particularly small bust, try a style with visual detailing on top to create more of that hourglass shape, such as sleeves, an interesting neckline, beading or lace.

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