Every bride-to-be wants to look like a princess on the big day, so knowing your body type is crucial. It’s important to keep in mind which features you want your dress to accentuate or conceal, so you can look and feel great at your wedding. Here are some tips on finding a dress that flatters your figure, no matter your shape!

The Hourglass

If you have an hourglass shape, your shoulder and hips are approximately the same width and you have a defined waist. What silhouette should you choose for this body type?

Ball gowns have structured bodices to accentuate the waist and create an ultra feminine look.

Mermaid and trumpet-style gowns are generally fitted from the neckline to the upper or middle thigh and will highlight this figure’s jaw-dropping curves.

Sheath gowns have a streamlined shape to emphasize everything equally while still remaining modest.

The Triangle

If your hips are wider than your shoulders, these are the go-to dress shapes for you.

A-line gowns are structured to angle gently away from the body to hide hips just slightly.

Ball gowns are similar to the A-line and will draw attention away from the hips with a flowing skirt and by placing emphasis on the natural waist.

Short dresses are more flexible because whether it’s a flowing sheath or it has a fitted bodice, the shorter hemline can help show off all the right areas.


The Inverted Triangle

If you have this body type, your shoulders are wider than your hips. Which silhouettes are best suited for this figure?

Mermaid and trumpet-style gowns are fitted to help emphasize the hip area to balance out those strong and shapely shoulders.

Short dresses have shorter hemlines that will draw attention to your lower half and level out your upper half, especially when paired with some fabulous heels.

Ball gowns, which are one of the more flexible silhouettes, can help create the illusion of fuller hips with a flowing skirt.

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The Rectangle

Women with shoulders, waists and hips of equal widths have a range of options for dresses that will help create their bridal looks.

Short dresses provide the option to “create” curves with a fitted bodice or a flowing sheath with a shorter hemline.

A-line gowns can help create an hourglass waistline with a slight cinch at the natural waist followed by a flowing skirt.

Sheath dresses can create curves in the right areas with a very soft fabric done with a bias cut.


by Ashley Victoria Guy


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