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Wedding Dress Shopping for Your Body Type

Updated: May 14


Women are blessed with different body types. There is no standard in nature for what a woman’s body is supposed to look like, we’re not made using a mold. Some women are curvier, others are lean; some have tall frames, while others are petite. As varied as women’s bodies are, so are wedding dress silhouettes. There is no one style that will look good on every type of female body, and this concept becomes even more tangible when shopping for your perfect wedding dress.

Shopping for your perfect wedding dress provides you with a limited amount of time per appointment, which usually last only one hour. You have 60 minutes to listen to the expert suggestions of your trusted bridal consultant, the yays and nays of your small entourage, and try on fabulous gowns from different designers. The best way to make the experience more enjoyable, and a crucial step in your prep work before going to your appointment, is to figure out what is your body shape. Doing so will help minimize the stress of playing dress up and make for a more enjoyable experience. Let’s face it, shopping for your wedding dress is the most exciting part of the process. Following is a list of body types and expert recommendations on which wedding dress silhouette best accentuates your assets.


Hourglass

If your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size and separated by a tiny waist, your body shape is what is commonly known as “hourglass.” You can wear pretty much every style, but a mermaid like Penelope 120127 is your best ally to flaunt those luscious curves.

Apple or Inverted Triangle

For the bride whose bust, waist and shoulders are pretty similar in width, we suggest going for an A-line dress that accentuates the waistline. If you need more definition, a beautiful beaded belt will help narrow the waist, and a V-neck is the perfect way to create the illusion of an inverted triangle on your torso. Look for A-line dresses like Silvana 120113.

Rectangle or Straight

If you find that your bust, waist and hips have similar measurements, you’ll need to find a wedding dress that accentuates your curves and creates the illusion of an hourglass shape with a more defined waist. A style like Dani Rose 18107 is just the ticket.

Athletic

If your waist is slightly smaller than your shoulders and hips, which are similar in size, then you have what is considered an athletic body. You want a wedding dress that will create that hourglass figure for you by cinching your waist. A sheath dress with a strapless or halter top is your best bet to accomplish this, just like Emma 19119.

Pear

Having a pear-shaped body means your torso is narrower than your hips. If u want to keep the focus on your smaller waist, an A-line or ball gown will help conceal your luscious hips in a skirt that flows from the waist down. A gorgeous off the shoulder dress like Candice 19128 or Jonalyn 120105 with a high neckline would look perfect on you.

Just because the experts have weighed in with their suggestions, it doesn’t mean you can’t step out of your comfort zone and try on that stunning mermaid gown you’ve always been dreaming of. When trying on wedding dresses, we encourage you to have fun, listen to trusted opinions from your loved ones, and more importantly, listen to your heart and that little voice inside your head. She knows you better than anyone and she knows what looks best on you. At the end of the day, you are the one who will be walking down the aisle, so you have to say yes to the one dress that makes you feel absolutely stunning from the inside out. Trust your intuition!

If you want to know where to find our beautiful collections, head over to the Store Locator for a full listing of stores that carry our dresses. Also check out our Ultimate guide to buying your perfect wedding dress.