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4 Tips on Choosing a Wedding Dress for Your Figure

After visiting countless wedding boutiques and trying on dozens of wedding gowns, you want to be sure you find the perfect fit. Trust me just like with everything else, it is a process! When choosing a wedding dress shape, you must consider your body type and figure to find a style that flatters and enhances your natural curves. We are sharing 4 Tips on Choosing a Wedding Dress for Your Figure. Here are some common body types and wedding dress shapes that generally work well for just about everyone.

4 Tips on Choosing Wedding Dress for Your Figure

1. Pear-shaped

First on our list of 4 Tips on Choosing a Wedding Dress for Your Figure is for the pear-shaped bride. What this means is that you have narrower shoulders and bust with wider hips and thighs. When it comes to choosing the wedding dress that would be most flattering, we suggest the following:

  • A-line or Princess: A classic A-line dress gradually widens from the waist to the hem, creating a balanced silhouette that skims over the hips and thighs.

  • Ballgown: A fitted bodice and a full, voluminous skirt help balance out wider hips.

  • Empire waist: The waistline sits just below the bust, drawing attention upward and elongating the lower body.

2. Hourglass

A very familiar shape is the hourglass shape. These characteristics include a well-defined waist with a balanced bust and hips. The ideals dress for this figure would include the following:

  • Mermaid or Trumpet: These styles hug the body's curves from the chest to the knees and then flare out, accentuating the hourglass shape.

  • Fit-and-flare: Similar to mermaid, but with a softer flare, emphasizing the waist and curves.

  • Corseted bodice: A corseted bodice can enhance and define the waist beautifully.

3. Apple-shaped

If you are a bride that is apple-shaped, which means that you have a rounder or fuller midsection with a less-defined waist, then I would recommend the following wedding dress style to maximize your apple shape:

  • Empire waist: Like mentioned before, it helps to create the illusion of a higher waist and elongates the figure.

  • A-line: The gentle slope of an A-line dress can conceal the tummy area while providing a balanced look.

  • V-neckline: Draws the eyes vertically and elongates the upper body.

4. Straight or Rectangle

Also, on our list of 4 Tips on Choosing a Wedding Dress for Your Figure is the straight or rectangle figure bride. With this figure, you display balanced shoulders, waist, and hips, with little definition at the waistline. Some flattering wedding dress shapes for you would include:

  • Sheath: A simple, narrow dress that gently skims over the body, creating a sleek and elongated look.

  • Ballgown: Adds volume to the lower body, creating the illusion of a more defined waist.

  • Dresses with embellishments: Dresses with embellishments or detailing around the waist can create curves and add dimension.

If you would like to learn more about our 4 Tips on Choosing a Wedding Dress for Your Figure, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.



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