How to Choose The Right Wedding Dress for Your Body Shape

Posted on 25/10/2016. Written by Jana Svalbe.

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding and choosing the right wedding dress will help to make this dream a reality. Selecting the “one dress” doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow our simple guide which shows you how to choose the right dress for your body shape.

Ball Gown or Princess Wedding Dress 

The classic princess style, a ball gown wedding dress features a fitted bodice with a clinched natural waist and a very large and voluminous skirt that flares out. The skirt normally features lots of underskirts and tulle to help it to keep its shape.

Ball gowns are best avoided by petite brides as the large skirts can easily overwhelm and make you look even smaller. This shape works well for pear, apple and hourglass figures for mid-height or taller ladies. The style can also help more rectangular shapes create curves and help them to create more of an hourglass figure.

A-Line Wedding Dress

The main difference between an A-Line and a ball gown dress is the volume of the skirt. Both styles feature a classic princess shape and help to create an hourglass figure for almost any shape. Because of their classic shape and timeless style A-Line dresses are always a popular choice.

If you are unsure of what style of dress will suit your body type then an A-Line dress is a great starting point. This style works well on any body shape and will help to create an hourglass figure.

Empire Line Wedding Dress

Empire line dresses are an extremely flattering choice with a high waistline that starts just under the bust. This style helps to create the illusion of height and the high waistline helps to shift attention away from the midriff, bottom and legs. A very elegant, pretty and stylish choice, empire line dresses are a popular choice.

For brides with an apple, pear or petite shape, an empire line dress is the perfect choice as it will give a very flattering and feminine look. Busty brides should avoid empire line dresses as they will make you seem heavier on top.

Sheath or Column Wedding Dress

The sheath or column style dress as the name suggests follows the natural line of the body and doesn’t flare out. For tall, slim and athletic body types the sheath dress will help to show off your slim figure.

Petite brides who have a slim figure may choose a column dress with high shoes to help add height to their small figure. Apple and pear shapes should avoid a column dress as they will look unbalanced.

Mermaid or Fishtail Wedding Dress

A mermaid or fishtail shape is very slim and fitted and features a tapered, curve hugging body and skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee. There are slight differences between mermaid and fishtail styles with the flare of the skirt slightly higher on fishtail in comparison to mermaid. Mermaid dresses are most commonly strapless and help accentuate the curves of an hourglass figure.

If you want a dress that shows off your figure and you have curves in all the right places then a mermaid style could be the perfect choice. This style is best avoided by those with an apple, rectangular or very slim shape.

Trumpet Shape Wedding Dress

The trumpet style is very similar to the mermaid but is slightly less fitted with a more subtle flare from between the hip and the knee outwards. The style still has a formfitting nature but is slightly less restrictive then a mermaid dress. For curvy hourglass figures the trumpet shape is a great choice that will help you show off your curves.

This style is also suitable for athletic figures as it will help to accentuate the hips and create a beautiful, feminine figure.

Drop Waist Wedding Dress

A drop waist dress has a fitted bodice below the waist and drops and flares slightly below the waistline around the hip area. This style is best suited to those with a trim middle as it hugs your waist and hips before flaring below. A drop waist is also a great way to help draw the eyes downwards for taller brides.

* Images by Laura Pruett of Laura Arts & Design

Jana Svalbe
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