perfect wedding dress for your body type

Choosing The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type


perfect wedding dress for your body type

Want to find the best dress for your shape? Check out our guide:

If Pear-Shaped…

…look for a dress that gradually flairs out in an “A” formation from the natural waist to the floor. This highlights the midsection while cleverly disguising hips and thighs. Try sturdy, non-cling fabric such as duchesse satin and taffeta for best results. Additionally, a spaghetti-strap bodice or “V” neckline will showcase a slender upper body. Note that this silhouette is best for more formal weddings, however it can be reworked for casual weddings using fabric such as eyelet lace.

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If Busty…

…go for a dress with a scooped neckline. This opens the face and displays the décolletage without revealing a ton of cleavage. If a fan of strapless gowns, opt for one with a sweetheart neckline over one that goes straight across. The latter will make the bust look even bigger, and worse, shelf-like. Also keep in mind that ruched bodice fabric or that with a sheen will add volume and once again call attention to the chest.

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If Plus-Sized…

…try an Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust. Ensure the seam does not begin on the chest and the fabric doesn’t feature pleating, as these features are for maternity dresses! A loose dress will add weight, so look for an option that plays up the shape. In terms of fabric, go for options that offer structure, such as satin. Stay away from “flowy” fabrics as well. If a fan of this look, opt for a gown with a stiffer base, then add a tulle overlay.

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If Apple-Shaped…

…look for a dress that cinches in at the waistline’s smallest point, then flares out into a gradual “A” shape. Try a bodice with lots of texture, such as ruching or lace, as this creates a corset-like effect. Deep “V” necklines are best, as they draw eyes “towards the vertical.” Avoid trumpet-style dresses, which accentuate the widest parts of the body.

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If Tall…

….go for a dress with a simple silhouette, which emphasizes the natural shape. The lower waistline and floor-sweeping hem do well for longer proportions, and if wearing sleeves, make them longer. This will avoid the “I’m wearing a dress that’s too small!” look. A statuesque figure also doesn’t need a lot of dress embellishments, such as ruffles and rosettes.

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If Straight-Lined…

…wear a dress that creates the illusion of curves. Think wispy, bias-cut sheath dresses, as the curving seem will provide the va-va-voom needed. Other options include ball gowns that cinch at the waist and descend into full, flowing floor-length skirts. This shows off slenderness and doesn’t bring attention to lack of hips. Bodices with ruching are also ideal for small busts.

If Petite…

…look for trumpet, modified A-line, and sheath gowns. Find a style with a waistline above the natural waist to make the lower half of the body appear longer. While detailing should be small and limited to the bodice, any fabric will do, including shinier options. Stay away from dresses with a dropped waist, which make legs go bye-bye, and ball gowns, which swallow small figures. Anything calf-length makes the legs look short.

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If Small Chested…

…a ruched bodice is best. Extra fabric at the top fills out the upper body and provides curves; try lightly-padded halter styles. Self-adhesive silicone bras are ideal if wearing a strapless or backless dress.

Use this guide to find the ultimate dress for you! Have fun!

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