How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

The Best Wedding Dresses for Your Body Type

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Whether you’re hoping to show off your curves or draw attention to your neckline, we’ve found the most flattering wedding dresses for every body type.

Connection Photography

Finding a wedding dress for your body type is no easy task. With so many dress options to choose from it can be hard to narrow down which silhouette or style best suits your shape and size.

So we partnered with Casablanca Bridal, the industry leader in customizations, to help you find the perfect wedding dress for your body type—and make it your own personal style.

Because for any part of your figure you wish to flaunt or conceal, it’s totally feasible to imagine and create a unique design solution that makes your wedding dress dreams come true. Whether you’re hoping to show off your curves or draw attention to your neckline, we’ve found the most flattering wedding dresses for every body type.

Body Type: Pear

Suggested Wedding Dress Silhouette: Ball Gown Look for a wedding dress that draws attention to your waist while also highlighting your lower half.

A bodice that shapes and defines your midsection and a skirt that flares from the hips and thighs will not only make you feel a princess, but will also create a wow-worthy entrance.

Personalize it! If you’re worried a ball gown is too traditional or formal for your style, opt for adding sleeves to your dress for a more relaxed and romantic look. An off-the-shoulder lace sleeve is an easy customization to enhance any bridal style.

Dress: Casablanca Bridal: Style 2320 Paige

Body Type: Hourglass

Suggested Wedding Dress Silhouette: Mermaid Show off your curves with a flirty and feminine wedding dress style. A fitted bodice that flares at or below the knee will accentuate your waist and maintain the balanced look of your figure.

This wedding dress style evokes an ultra-sexy vibe by bringing attention to your curves in a subtle and flattering way.

Personalize it! Adding embellishments, such as beading or crystals, is a fun way to draw attention to your amazing curves.

Especially if they are sewn in a design that leads from the bodice down to the flare of your skirt.

Dress: Beloved by Casablanca Bridal: Style BL249 Coral

Body Type: Apple

Suggested Wedding Dress Silhouette: A-Line Find a dress that is narrow at the top and flares out at the waist. This creates a slendering “A” shape that will help elongate your torso.

The A-line flare isn’t as full as a ball gown’s skirt, but still flatters your lower half, making it the ideal wedding dress for this body type.

Personalize it! Draw the eyes upward by customizing your neckline or bodice with lace detailing.

You can easily accessorize the neckline with illusion lace or by adding some appliqués on the bodice for an eye-catching appearance.

Dress: Beloved by Casablanca Bridal: Style BL253 Tilly

Body Type: Straight

Suggested Wedding Dress Silhouette: Sheath Straight body types have a sleek figure—a sheath silhouette will flatter your natural shape by hugging your body in all the right places.

This style will show off a straight figure in a chic and sophisticated way, making it the perfect wedding dress for this body type.

Personalize it! If you want to add the illusion of curves without adding bulk, opt for a belted sash to emphasize your curves and create a waist.

Whether it be accessorized with crystal embellishments or just a simple ribbon, a sash can totally transform your bridal look.

Dress: Beloved by Casablanca Bridal: Style BL260 Shipley

Body Type: Inverted Triangle

Suggested Wedding Dress Silhouette: Trumpet
With broader shoulders you’ll want to opt for a wedding dress that balances your silhouette by bringing attention to your hips. a mermaid gown, although a tad more subtle, a trumpet wedding dress narrows at the hips and legs, allowing you to really show off your lower body.

You may also want to try a deep V neckline, which can also help balance your shoulders with your lower body.

Personalize it! Back detailing is a great way to add a touch of personalization and romance to a trumpet gown.

Since most eyes will be locked on your statement-making train, you can draw eyes upward by adding buttons or feminine lace detailing.


How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

By the time you're ready to start wedding dress shopping, you've probably amassed a pretty nice-sized wish list about your dream gown.

But how do you find the best wedding dress for your body type? Most bridal shops will only let you book an hour-long appointment.

And, while one hour is plenty of time to try on dresses, if you can narrow down your options before stepping foot in the dressing room, you're in for a much more pleasant, laid-back shopping experience.

One easy way to limit your options is to choose the best wedding dress for your body type by finding a silhouette that will highlight your best-loved assets and conceal your less-favorable traits. To start, figure out which of our five featured body types best defines your figure: Petite, plus size, busty, hourglass or lean and straight.

And remember, you may not fit squarely into one category — most people don t! Take Kim Kardashian: She's petite, busty and has (insane) hourglass curves.

And, her wedding dress (ahem, the Givenchy Haute Couture one she wore a few years back to marry Kanye West) with its sheath silhouette, modest neckline and waist-baring cut-outs, was the perfect complement to her shape.

Along with finding the right gown for your body type, there are a few other things that can help make your wedding dress shopping experience as easy as possible.

First, trust your consultant and don't be afraid to try on gowns he or she suggests that fall outside of your traditional comfort zone. Also shop with a supportive crew! Miss Negativity does not deserve a sacred spot on the “yay-or-nay” team. And finally, do your makeup and hair.

It will be much easier to imagine wearing one of these gowns on your wedding day if you don't look you just rolled bed.

Well, what are you waiting for? Book your appointment and start reading to see how to find the best wedding dress for your body type!

Petite brides should avoid overwhelming their small frame. Choose airy sheaths and structured trumpet styles over big, frothy ball gowns.

Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris

A form-fitting shell underneath a gossamer tulle skirt is the perfect way to wear a more voluminous silhouette. Wedding dress by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Courtesy of Christos

For petite brides, simple reigns supreme, and this chic silk crepe number is minimalism at its best. Wedding dress by Christos

Photo by Rodin Banica /

The substantial straps on this plunging V-neckline gown draw the eye upward elongating your frame. Wedding dress by Theia

An empire waistline is a great style for petite figures. It creates the illusion of long legs. Wedding dress by YolanCris

Courtesy of Victoria Kyriakides

A dropped-waist or mermaid silhouette isn't off limits. Just opt for slim, more structured skirts over wide, poofy ones. Wedding dress by Victoria Kyriakides


When done right high-low hemlines can be an asset, and may even make your legs look longer. Wedding dress by Marylise


Skip 3D accents — luxe blooms — in favor of intricate embroidery, light beading and one-dimensional appliques for design details that won't overwhelm. Wedding dress by Rosa Clara

Photo by Gerardo Somoza/

This trumpet gown with draped lace ruffle and tulle skirt feels ball-gown-grand, while still maintaining the lengthening lines of a sheath. Wedding dress by Blush by Hayley Paige

Courtesy of Amsale

A sheath's continuous line creates the illusion of height. Plus, it's super easy to hem! Wedding dress by Nouvelle Amsale

Whether you want to create the illusion of a smaller frame or celebrate your curves, we've got you covered (or uncovered).

Courtesy of Watters

An empire waistline creates a lengthening effect while these fluttery chiffon sleeves act as the most ethereal cover up. Wedding dress by BHLDN

Courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal

A lace illusion neckline is equal parts daring and demure, and it’s an especially slimming look when paired with a cummerbund-style waistline. Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride

Minimize your waistline with design details that draw the eye inward (think bodycon seams, but with crystals). Wedding dress by Stone Fox Bride

Courtesy of Watters

A high neckline, sheath silhouette and slight train are the ultimate trio to help you look long and lean. Wedding dress by Watters

Courtesy of Maggie Sottero

A high neckline, sheath silhouette and slight train are the ultimate trio to help you look long and lean. Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Gerardo Somoza/

A dark colored sash is a simple way to make your middle look trim. Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Courtesy of Pronovias

Intricate silver embroidery adds infinite allure but not a bit of bulk to a simple silhouette. Wedding dress by Pronovias

Gerardo Somoza/

A scoop neckline shows off your voluptuous shape and lets you avoid a strapless bra! Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

A basque waistline enhances an hourglass figure. This modern, less severe interpretation gets it right. Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Courtesy of David's Bridal

If you're a busty bride, you've got two choices: reveal or conceal. Either way, finding the right gown starts with pinpointing the perfect neckline.

Photo: Rodin Banica /

A square neckline looks great on almost anyone, but it's especially great for the well-endowed because its not too revealing. Wedding dress by Lela Rose

Strapless gowns can be tough for brides with a larger bust, but the straight-across version actually minimizes your assets. Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Gerardo Somoza/

If you're set on a sweetheart neckline, try one with straps and a full skirt to balance your busty frame. Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Courtesy of Christos Bruna

Another sweetheart idea we love? This “modesty” lace detail that keeps your cleavage in check. Wedding dress by Christos

Photo: Edward James /

This structured off-the-shoulder neckline offers a subtle curve that minimizes a large bust. Wedding dress by Marchesa

Photo: Edward James /

Plunging V-necklines are typically too risquè for big-busted girls, but this more subtle dip gets it right. Wedding dress by BHLDN

Photo: Gerardo Somoza /

Generally slinky material is a no-no for larger busts, but the draped cowl neckline makes this 20s-style gown more of a go-to. Wedding dress by Savannah Miller


A subtle dip won't hide your curves completely, but it will soften your sex appeal. Wedding dress by YolanCris


Illusion “skin-baring” details are a big-busted girls bestie. This sheer scoop neckline is every bit ethereal. Wedding dress by Marylise

Because floor-length gowns were made with your model stature in mind, you've got lots of options to choose from. But, if you're hoping to create the illusion of curves — we've got a few tricks.

Photo: Edward James /

A voluminous peplum skirt acts as a stand in for curvy hips. Wedding dress by Viktor & Rolf

Photo by Rodin Banica/

This sheath gets some added allure from intricate geometric design details. Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Photo by Rodin Banica/

Bodycon goes bridal with contouring seams that create “imaginary” curves. Wedding dress by Watters


A sheath will accentuate your statuesque frame. Wedding dress by YolanCris

Courtesy of Alyne by Rita Vinieris Photo: Gerardo Somoza/

A high neckline paired with a full, A-line skirt showcases and balances your height at the same time. Wedding dress by Savannah Miller

Courtesy of Pronovias

The illusion neckline details on this gown, which leave just a hint of skin bare, highlight a swan- neck. Wedding dress by Pronovias

Lucky you! Not everyone can pull off the most eye-catching trend in bridal gowns — crop tops. Wedding dress by Limor Rosen

Go for an over the top ball gown (we love this ballerina-inspired style), it won't overwhelm your tall figure. Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta


With daring illusion panels, this lace sheath will let you flash a hint of those enviable legs. Wedding dress by YolanCris

Work your womanly curves in a bodycon bridal gown or hide your hips in a big ball gown — either way, your gown should show off your trim mid section.

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

A glitzy belt detail is a glamorous way to highlight your tiny waistline. Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Victoria Kyriakides

This ethereal fit-and-flare dress accentuates hourglass curves. Wedding dress by Victoria Kyriakides

Photo by Edward James/

An exaggerated dropped waist and oversized tulle skirt keeps all eyes on feminine form. Wedding dress by Sachin & Babi

Photo: Edward James /

The cinched waistline of this Marchesa stunner plays up your small midsection in the most subtle way. Wedding dress by Marchesa

Photo: Gerardo Somoza /

It's clear why this dress is a winner. Seriously, it's the sheer midriff that gives this gown an edge. Wedding dress by Lihi Hod

Fit-and-flare are three words you should get very familiar with. It's a curvy girls go-to silhouette. Wedding dress by Amsale

Photo: Edward James /

Hourglass is one of the only body types that can pull off a true mermaid silhouette — a style that flares out just below the knee. Wedding dress by Sareh Nouri

Photo: Rodin Banica /

For an unexpected take on a dropped waist design, asymmetrical tiers are a fun, yet glamorous choice. Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier


We love the idea of long sleeves and a curve-hugging floor length skirt with only a hint of skin at your skinniest bit showing. Wedding dress by Marylise


Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

If you’re approaching your wedding dress appointment with anxiety due to past shopping experiences, it’s time to alter your outlook. Wedding dresses are available in a seemingly endless array of styles and cuts these days, and you can have most dresses altered to a perfect fit.

Plus, each type of dress can completely transform your look. We’ve compiled this list of common wedding dress styles and the figures they compliment to help you find the best wedding dress for your body type.

However, don’t let the “rules” hold you back – if you feel confident in a dress and love the way you look, go for it!

The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

The best wedding dress for your body type is the gown that you love and adore. If you’re having trouble deciding, however, you may wish to explore the following recommendations: 

1. For the Hourglass Figure: The Mermaid Gown

Choosing a mermaid gown is a perfect way to celebrate your curves. If you have an hourglass figure, this type of dress follows the natural and feminine contour of your chest, waist, hips, and thighs before flaring out below your knees.

Some brides feel they should hide their curves with a less form-fitting dress, but the extra volume may hide their beautiful figures.

We also recommend trying on a mermaid dress when you go shopping even if you don’t have defined curves because this dress can accentuate your waist and give the illusion of an hourglass figure. 

2.  For the Pear Shape: A High or Wide Neckline

Women with a pear-shaped body have a smaller chest and shoulders and wider hips and thighs. To balance out this type of figure, draw attention to your shoulders.

One easy way to pull eyes upward is with a high neckline. An illusion neckline with a sheer fabric overlay extending from the bust to the collar looks elegant, while a halter top can be trendy.

For a romantic and classic look, you can’t go wrong with an off-the-shoulder dress.

3. For the Petite Bride: A-Frame with a V-Neck

If you’re in the 5’4″-and-under club, the letters A and V are your best friends. A-line dresses cinch at the waist and flare out, but not quite as much as a ball gown.

While A-line dresses are flattering on nearly every body type, they especially compliment smaller frames by giving definition to your waist and bust. If you’re on the shorter side (curves or not) a V-neck can add height to your figure by creating the illusion of a longer torso.

Don’t worry if you have a smaller bust; silicone cups, which are stitched into many dresses, will help your chest look full and natural.

4. For the Tall Bride: The Ballgown

It’s easy to feel Cinderella in the perfect ballgown. If you’re a tall bride, why not embrace your height and feel you’re in a fairytale with this dramatic style of wedding dress? A ballgown may overwhelm shorter frames, but taller women can wear ballgowns with confidence. Throw a pair of heels on or go with flats – you make the rules on your wedding day!

Are you looking for the best wedding dress for your body type? If you live near Springfield, Missouri, stop by Normans Bridal, a full-service bridal salon. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide recommendations regarding style, fabric, and color, and we will assist you with zippers, laces, and buttons to ensure that the appointment runs smoothly. In addition, we would be happy to offer honest feedback to help you narrow down your choices. If you have any questions or would to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 417-866-9800. With our wide selection of gowns, affordable prices, and helpful consultants, you’re sure to enjoy shopping for your wedding dress at Normans Bridal.


The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

For years now, we have come to the happy conclusion that no two women have the same body type – and we can breathe a sigh of relief not having to conform to one specific measurement for all brides across the board. Women have been able to embrace their differences in curves, and that now goes double for the wedding day.

Your wedding dress should be the one garment that you refuse to compromise on in terms of fit and style – it should be something you truly feel comfortable and beautiful in.

For the sole reason that each bride will have a different body type and want to highlight and flatter different parts of her silhouette, we have constructed a little wedding dress breakdown to help you out.

Above Image: Willowby – Honor

Karen Wills Holms – Adina

Generally speaking, there are six basic style silhouettes that each bride will fall under. While you may not be specifically confined to one single category, many women will have attributes from multiple body types and find it stressful trying to place herself under one heading. You don’t have to.

This is a very general guideline of standard body types and the type of wedding dresses that complement them. The best thing to do here is calculate which body type has most of your own attributes, as chances are it won’t have them all.

We're also going to explain which styles will both highlight and hide certain parts of the body so that if you’re still unsure about your body shape you can merely make your decision on what you best about yourself.

You can then decide which style wedding dress you want your own self-confidence and reassurance – rather than determining the dress via weighing scales and measuring tapes.

Lean and rectangular

This body type is seen as a more athletic frame, with slim hips and shoulders and long legs. Usually, women with this body type are taller than most, with fewer curves that of a smaller bust or narrow hips.

Tara Keely – Ivory organza bridal ball gown

If you find yourself lacking in curves around the hips or bust, then don’t feel you have to hide your silhouette under ruffles of tulle and taffeta to compensate for lack of volume.

However, a classic yet subtle A-line frame will give you the illusion of curves, with a flowing skirt and enhanced waistline. So too will an accentuated neckline, such as a cowl neck or a sweetheart strapless bust.

Both these wedding dress accents will fit around your frame comfortably, enough to enhance the areas they sit on such as your hips and bust.

Naeem Khan – Stanton

Alternatively, however, this is your chance to wear a daringly designed dress if you so choose.

Due to the naturally slim and lean looking frame that comes with this body type, you can afford to pick a dress that is fully adorned in either lace or embroidery, as your frame will able to hold such detail without being overly dramatic. This is your chance to use and flatter your body type rather than hide it away.


This is the type of body shape where women will have a very full, curvy silhouette both on top and on the bottom and have a smaller waist. They will have wide hips, a full bust and usually, due to the two upper and bottom halves being large she will have a smaller waist. These body types are considered rather voluptuous, with women having full figures and dipping curves.

Suzanne Neville – Venus

The ideal wedding dress for women with an hourglass figure will be either a mermaid or trumpet skirt gown. These wedding dresses are the go-to gowns with it comes to showing off what you have, and they are hugely popular at the moment.

They flatter and accentuate the bust while their main focus is on the hips, before the end of the skirt erupts out in ruffles of tulle. They enhance the curves while drawing in a tight, figure-hugging shape and add further drama to the end of the dress with a voluminous skirt.

These dresses are full of volume and emphasis, for a woman who wants to show off all that she has.

Willowby – Lian

For those who want an even further sense of grandeur and allurement, they can opt for the fishtail skirt, which is exactly that of a mermaid or trumpet but with an elongated slightly cathedral trail flowing outward at the base.


Typically, this body shape is often referred to as the “apple” because the silhouette is heavier on top with a large bust and holds more volume than the lower half. Women who fit under the apple shape category will usually have most of their weight up top.

Lazaro bridal gown – Olena

The perfect type of wedding dresses for these body types are those with accentuated waistlines and of course, the ever-reliable A-line gown. The emphasis placed on the lower half of the silhouette with an A-line flowing skirt will create a balance on top, giving you an overall flattering and even silhouette.

Aire Barcelona -Natane

Alternatively, of course, you may not want your bust to be displayed on your wedding day. There are many different wedding dress options to suit those tastes, such as a high neckline. If you are choosing to cover your upper half fully, you will still need to take into account the priority of balance in your silhouette.

A covered bust can often look twice as big and noticeable if it is not done properly. In order to create that much-needed symmetry for your upper half, pair a high neck with long sleeves.

That way, the sleeves will create a balance with your upper half and flatter your silhouette in a dress that you feel secure and beautiful in.


With the same principles behind this body type as that of the apple, the pear shape holds most of its volume on the hips or legs, with a narrow waist and wide hips.

Sophia Tolli – Evania

The perfect dress type for girls with a pear shape will be the asymmetrical types. An asymmetrical dress is a wedding dress that will have more emphasis and shape on one part than the other, a draped waist or a ruffled skirt.

These typically have either a trailing ruffled layer skirt that cascades diagonally down the dress, or a one-shoulder strap bodice. These type of structural dimensions on a wedding dress create the illusion of proportional balance.

Willowby – Honor

Similarly, if you don’t the idea of an organza gown with ruffles, you don't have to go for the large silhouette.

There are also options for you to choose a slimmer, straighter outline on your dress while keeping a flattering and comfortable figure.

A dress with detailed neckline and bodice will flatter your upper half, while an ethereal flowing column skirt will flatter your hips perfectly without drawing attention to the shape or size.


Usually, women with petite frames are those who are shorter than average in height and will have quite a narrow and small body shape.

Suzanne Neville – Christie

The best form-flattering wedding dresses for women with a smaller frame are those that boast illusion necklines and sheathed light fabric gowns that will billow, flattering around your frame rather than overcrowding it.

In the case of smaller brides, it’s always a matter of the simpler the better. Anything with a simple, structured lining will enhance and flatter your frame, without overwhelming it.

An empire waistline would be perfect, by bringing the eye to rest just below your bust, making your legs appear longer.

Alvina Valenta

However, you don’t have to go slim and straight because we said so. If your heart is set on walking down the aisle in that flowing ball gown, then there are certainly styles you can find to flatter a smaller frame.

Those with an elongated waistline usually go against smaller girls, but if it's paired with a detailed neckline and a wide flowing skirt, then the balance between the length of the waist and the volume both on the skirt and across the bust will fit your frame perfectly.

Curvy/plus size

These are the usual body types where women will have that extra bit of curves on their body, such as a full bust, full hips and be slightly more filled out in the middle than that of either the apple or the pear. This is the body type for full, rounded curvy women.

Essence of Australia – Formal Sleek Plus-Size Wedding Dress

A structured bodice here will always give the illusion of sleekness and control for anyone worried about their midriffs. Similarly, an A-line dress will add balance to those with a wider frame. A halter neck or scoop neckline will add definition and shape to your shoulders whilst flattering and enhancing the bust, and also pulling in the upper half of the bodice to define the waist.

Willowby – Saros

Don’t be tempted to hide your shape on your day or be afraid to show off what you have. Try going for something that will both flatter your shape and at the same time have you feeling relaxed and secure.

We just love plenty of shoulder details and dramatic waists when it comes to women with curves, and don't be afraid to go for a column sheath silhouette as long as it has plenty of detail up top.

Remember, anything you feel great in will make you look even better on the outside, so focus on finding the perfect dress that will keep a smile on your face all day long. If you're looking for inspiration for your dream dress, make sure you check out our dress gallery.

– Roisin


Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type – Love Maggie

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Tips and Trends | January 13, 2020

Today we ask one of the most important questions in your wedding dress shopping journey: “How do you find the perfect dress for your body type?” We recommend starting with the right silhouette for your body shape, whether that be hourglass, small-chested, petite, pear-shaped, tall and slender, athletic, or busty. You’re not ly to fit squarely into one category, but you can combine tips from each style to find the perfect wedding dress for your body type, no matter your shape!

Along with finding the most flattering silhouette for your frame, you’ll want to remember these pointers when going into your bridal shop appointment:

1. Trust your bridal consultant. They may pull a gown outside of your comfort zone, but they are trained in helping brides find “The One”.2. Do your hair and makeup before a bridal appointment–it will be easier for you to imagine the whole look for your big day.

3. Shop with your trusted bride-tribe only. This decision is already filled with trepidation!

Now to answer the daunting question: “Which silhouettes work for my frame?” Let’s start with these simple tips to help you find the perfect wedding dress for your body type.


  • Choose a corset and/or mermaid wedding gown that accents and flatters your natural curves. A fit-and-flare wedding dress is also a good option.
  • If a ballgown strikes your fancy, opt for a structured bodice and full skirt to keep the flattering shape of your curves.
  • Stick with a sweetheart neckline to complement your feminine shape.


  • Remember that structure should be your partner in crime, as it adds padding to make your chest appear fuller.
  • Go for ruching, wrapping, and embellishment in the bodice to help play up your décolletage.
  • Instead of trying to make your breasts look larger, wear something only a small-chested woman can rock: a plunging V-neck and V-back.


  • Make your arms look longer by wearing half- and three-quarter-length sleeves.
  • Avoid ballgowns, which can overwhelm a smaller frame, and certain mermaid styles, which can make your torso appear shorter.
  • Elongate your frame with a natural-waisted gown an A-line or fit-and-flare to avoid looking “scrunched up” or bottom-heavy.


  • If you want to draw attention away from your waist and hips, wear an A-line or ballgown silhouette. These classic styles look great on almost all body types, but they look best on pear-shaped figures!
  • Opt for an embellished or detailed bodice to accentuate your chest and waistline.
  • If you are a bride who wants to flaunt her bottom assets, choose a gown that is fitted around the hips.


  • Choose something pretty but not too showy to find the perfect wedding dress for your body type.
  • To play up your height, create an air of statuesque beauty with an elegant sheath wedding gown.
  • If you want to downplay your height, stay clear of empire waists and opt for ball gowns with low waists.


  • Create a sexy silhouette with a fit-and-flare or slimming A-line.
  • Work with angles: a unique neckline, swirls of beading and embellishments, and a tiered skirt to add visual interest to your gown.
  • Show off those toned arms and shoulders with a halter top or strapless style.


  • Wear wider straps to help support your chest. If you choose to wear a bra under your gown, a wider strap can hide it.
  • Choose your neckline wisely. A sweetheart or bateau neckline, or even an off-the-shoulder look can hide a strapless bra and flatter your figure.
  • Opt for a gown with a higher back or corset. These styles can hide a bra and also provide extra support. And don’t fret! You can still wear illusion. Just be sure to wear a nude garment underneath for secret support.

More questions to consider when looking for the perfect wedding dress for your body type:

What makes you feel comfortable for your day job? What makes you feel sexy for a special occasion?

It’s a delicate balance: you want to feel yourself on your big day without playing it too safe. Think about dress styles and aesthetics that make you feel the best version of yourself—elegant and sophisticated, but still true to your individual personality.

Think about beauty routines that make you feel confident.

Does a structured updo make you feel fit for the occasion, or do natural waves help you go with the flow? Do accessories elevate your look or distract from it? Does the thought of wearing heels make you want to dance all night or bail on the situation entirely? Clues these help you find a dress that fits your body type, personal style, and vision for your big day.

Should I let go of my insecurities and listen to feedback from my close friends and family?

Every bride has things she s and doesn’t about her body. It’s important to find a dress that fits your personality and preferences, but don’t let your inner critic take over in the process. We’re willing to bet your loved ones, most importantly your sweetheart, have a much more forgiving perception of your gorgeous features than you do.

Check out more shopping resources below, and head to an Authorized Retailer near you to find the perfect wedding dress for your body type!

How to Find a Specific Dress in your area
Wedding Dress Budget Breakdown
Quick Delivery Wedding Dresses for your Upcoming Wedding

Events and Boutiques | December 26, 2019 Dresses | December 27, 2019 DressesWedding Inspo | February 26, 2020 Events and Boutiques | September 2, 2014


The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

How to Choose The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Don't only consider your curves the main asset to flaunt when choosing a wedding dress. If you have elegant collar bones or a long, swan neck, these are two delicate areas you should highlight with your wedding dress.

“Sweetheart necklines add a soft, feminine touch to gowns and are perfect for the bride who would to subtly showcase her décolletage,” says Ericka Hanson, Associate Bridal Buyer at David's Bridal.

Here's how to keep your neck looking great as you age.

Lace Wedding Dress with Sweetheart Neckline, $808;


If you have a larger chest, don't stress about finding a dress that can accommodate your breasts—just choose one with thick straps. “Thick straps are a great option for brides who need support for a fuller bust, especially if they plan to dance the night away,” Hanson says.

And what if you happen to fall in love with a sleeveless dress or one with spaghetti straps? No problem: It's extremely easy for a tailor to add thick straps later. Don't know if it's OK to ask for alterations? Here are your wedding etiquette questions answered.

Minerva Wedding Dress;


If you've been hitting the weights as part of your pre-wedding workout routine, you deserve to show off your toned arms on the big day! Especially if you're planning to get a great tan, opting for a sleeveless dress is the perfect way for women to showcase their sinewy biceps. “A sleeveless dress allows the bride to show off her arms while providing a supportive neckline,” says Hanson. Prepare to flex those muscles as you toss your bouquet.

Oleg Cassini Tulle and Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress, $799;


Don't stress about getting your upper body into perfect shape before tying the knot. You've got enough to worry about! Long sleeved wedding dresses exist for any woman who feels insecure about the size of her arms or any bra bulge.

Even if the sleeves are made of sheer lace, they can drastically help smooth over this problem area and even hide any stretch marks. What's more, they're actually in demand. “Long sleeves are trending this season!” Hanson raves.

“This style is perfect for fashion-forward brides, as well as those looking for a more traditional style that provides coverage.” (Use these exercises to tone your arms without lifting weights!)

Plus Size Long Sleeve Wedding Dress with Low Back, $599;


What woman doesn't want to create the illusion of an hourglass figure on her wedding day? Particularly if your body type is straight up and down, steal a page from the Victorian Era handbook and consider a corseted gown.

They're now designed to feel far more comfortable than they look (yes, you'll be able to breathe), and they instantly trim inches from your waistline.

If you need a bit of help shrinking or shaping your midsection, “a corseted gown offers adjustable support for all body types,” Hanson says. These dresses show off your favorite body parts.

Lina Gown, $1,199;


According to Hanson, mermaid dresses “can add curves to a straight figure.

” So if you aren't blessed with voluptuous, womanly assets, use the figure-shaping silhouette of a mermaid dress to create the illusion of curves.

The beauty of a mermaid dress is that if you need to add length to your body, Hanson says, “they are also very flattering for petite brides,” thanks to the dropped waist and low flare, both of which elongate your torso.

Illusion Tulle Trumpet Gown with Crystal T Back, $299.99;


If your bottom half is slighter bigger than your upper half, look no further than a classic ballgown when you go wedding dress shopping.

Not only will you feel an absolute princess as you walk down the aisle and have your first dance, you also won't have to worry about your bottom half looking disproportionately large. “A ballgown will highlight a bride's upper body, while being very forgiving for her lower body,” Hanson says.

This means a problematic stomach, wide hips, or a large bottom are three less things to worry about on your big day. These one-second tricks make you look instantly slimmer in photos.

Oleg Cassini Veiled Lace Plus Size Wedding Dress, $1,708;


Some brides want to be covered up on their wedding day, while others hope to feel as sexy as possible. If you're looking to be a bombshell bride, we recommend considering a fully fitted gown.

This style of dress will hug every inch of your body a tight glove, leaving nothing about your shape to the imagination. They're “perfect for the confident bride who would to showcase all of her curves,” Hanson says.

Hey, if you've got it, flaunt it.

Soft Lace Dress with Low Back, $449;


If you consider yourself stout, stocky, or very muscular, make sure to try on a sheath dress. Pippa Middleton, for example, is an avid marathoner and triathlete.

To soften her muscular frame, Middleton famously wore a sheath dress as Maid of Honor to the Duchess of Cambridge, which softly hung from her body and provided a feminine touch.

“The sheath silhouette will elongate a bride's body, and is best for athletic or straight body types,” Hanson says. (Obsessed with Will and Kate? Check out this royal wedding lingo cheat sheet.)

Sweetheart Satin Sheath Dress with Ruching and Brush Train, $144;


We all want to feel supermodels on our wedding day, but this can be an issue for short women. To look the part, focus on finding a flowing, chiffon gown.

This angelic material often starts at your upper waist, making it perfect for creating the look of elongated legs. “Chiffon lends itself well to draping and is most commonly used in gowns with flowy skirts,” Hanson says.

A chiffon gown that grazes the floor when you're in heels can instantly add inches.

Crinkle Chiffon Draped Plus Size Wedding Dress, $349;