Picking out a wedding dress can be exciting and terrifying. You want to look absolutely stunning and getting the right dress takes time and effort. Determining your body shape and how best to have the dress fit can be a challenge.

Friends and family can help you with their opinions, but ultimately, you’ll want something you feel amazing in for your big day.

We’ll go through a few body types and some general tips to ensure that you have a place to start before you go dress shopping.


Body type: Typically straight, with bust and hips being about the same measurements.

Options: The dresses that highlight aspects of your balanced figure are dresses with flared skirts like an empire or A-line dress. Hip-hugging and form-fitting dresses are usually not as flattering as a fuller dress that sweeping and enchanting.

Inverted Triangle

Body type: Broad shoulders with narrow waist and hips.

Options: Cinch-waisted dresses are awesome for this body type, because it can show off beautiful shoulders and a narrow waist. Mermaid dresses and ball gowns are lovely on this body type since it doesn’t accentuate hips and instead focuses on the overall bride’s figure.


Body type: Wider hips than shoulders and bust make for a pear-shaped body.

Options: Dresses that minimize hips can be a friend for a pear-shaped bride. Big, full skirts are ideal, but something that cinches at the waist and then flows outward will often flatter this type of figure. Think A-line gowns for a classic look.


Body type: Narrow waist with wider hips and bust.

Options: Something more form-fitting can look very flattering on this shape. A dress with minimal sleeves or straps can show off shoulders, while something fitted near the hips can be sensual and classy. Ball gowns and sheath gowns are great places to start.

Bride in long pink wedding dress

General Tips

Highlight aspects of your body that you love—forget about what particular shape you may be. If you’re proud of your shoulders or hips or legs, show them off.

Sleeveless and plunging necklines draw attention to your torso and shoulders, which you can further accentuate with jewellery and a fancy updo.

It’s hard to go wrong with a cinched waist, regardless of shape. You can minimize or maximize the cinch with how the dress tapers and the kind of accessories you add or not.

Flared skirts and high-waisted dresses are a good place to start for anyone since they are most accommodating for many body types.

Pick something that you love and have it tailored. A good tailor can help you pull together a dress that makes you look your best.

Bride and Groom

What is most important is that you look and feel good on your special day. Having some honest and caring friends by your side when you pick out your dress can make the experience less daunting. Wedding planning tools can be incredibly helpful as well . Try on as many options as you can to get a good sense of what kind of dress you’d like and narrow your choices from there.

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