Every bride should feel beautiful on her wedding day. While spectacular hair and makeup can help you to feel that wedding-day glow, it all starts with the dress. As you begin planning your nuptials, trying on wedding dresses should be your top priority. Chances are you’ve looked through magazines or through online forums to get an idea of what you want. But, the best way to find the dress of your dreams is by finding a style designed to flatter your body type. If you’re unsure of what your body type is, pull out the measuring tape. Take accurate measurements of your bust, waist, and hips and write them down. Once you have measurements, it’s simple to determine which body shape and which wedding dress style will compliment you.


Pear-Shaped Body

  you have a pear shaped body, proportionally the top half of your body is narrower than your hips. In an effort to balance out your hips, you’ll want to select a wedding gown that has details on the bodice or near the neckline. Plunging v-necklines with textured lace or embellishment on the bodice will look absolutely stunning on you. Be aware that sometimes full skirts with lots of volume starting from the waist can make your hips look wider. Find dresses with skirt styles styles that highlight the natural waistline and skim the hip, like an an a-line or fit and flare style.

Apple-Shaped Body

If you have an apple-shaped body, your bust and shoulders are more broad and your waistline is less defined. To help give your waist definition, choose a style that accents your empire waist or natural waist. Gowns that have diagonal ruching details or a criss-cross surplice bodice can be great for showing off your waistline. A Deep v-neckline will draw the eye up nicely, but be cautious when choosing styles with cap sleeves as they can add width to your top half. Skirts with a bit of extra volume, like ruched A-line or tiered ball gowns are perfect for balancing the proportions of your body. Layers of flowy tulle or ruffled chiffon would look so great!


Hourglass-Shaped Body

If your bust and hips are about the same but you have a pronounced waist, you have an hourglass-shaped body. Low-cut styles, like halter tops and V-necks, are a great way to expose your neckline and accentuate your curves. A drop waist or ruched bodice with a mermaid or trumpet skirt are perfect for you. These dress styles will hug your body in all of the right places, giving you the perfect fit. Loose fitting and straight- cut styles will lose the shape of your waist, taking away the beauty of your curves.

Other Considerations

On top of determining a dress that’s right for your body shape, it’s also important to consider your height. As a rule of thumb, petite brides tend to look best in A-line or trumpet-shaped gowns as they elongate the figure. Avoid dresses with horizontal accent lines below the waistline. As always, alterations may need to be performed to ensure that your dress fits you properly.


For busty brides, consider a dress with a sweetheart neckline. This will frame your face while still supporting your bust line. It’s best to avoid straight necklines, as they can make your bust appear bigger. Keep in mind that you’re trying to balance out your figure with your dress. You don’t want to appear top heavy or bottom heavy. The best gowns for your shape will visually balance your body, accenting all the right places.


Pregnant brides may feel more comfortable in an empire waist gown. These dresses should be tailored right under the bust line to give your baby bump room to grow and elongate the figure.


Wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming. Keep in mind that every body is different, but every body is beautiful. If you’re trying on dresses that aren’t complimentary to your body shape, ask your consultant for some style tips. There is the perfect dress out there for you! With the right silhouette and design details you’ll look radiant from the moment you put it on.