Best Wedding Dresses for Your Body Type

When it comes to the wedding day, you want to look and feel your best in your carefully chosen dress, so it's time to get down to the basics of wedding dress shopping. One of the best ways to find your perfect gown is to know your body type and dress it appropriately. 

Wearing a dress that fits your shape makes all the difference in how you look and how comfortable you feel. Figure out what your shape is using the guide below and get an idea of what your perfect dress looks like.

Straight/Rectangle: your waist, hip, and shoulder widths are similar.

  • Fit and flare and ballgowns that cinch at the waist are perfect for this shape because they create curves
  • Ruching and cinching also give a straight figure a curvy look
  • Pockets and peplum add shape to slim hips
  • Keep it snug in the middle and add flare to the bottom

Strapless Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Crystals and Roses

 

Hourglass: shoulders and hip width are similar and set off by a small waist

  • Mermaid wedding gowns show off your curves
  • Stay away from too many ruffles or tiers
  • Enhance your waist with a belt
  • A good bra will showcase your bust without causing any "wardrobe malfunctions"

Vintage Inspired Strapless Mermaid Gown

 

Pear: your lower body is wider than your upper body, your waistline is defined and your bottom half is rounded

  • A-line gowns are perfect for disguising fuller hips
  • Textural details, ruffles and gathering at the top draw eyes up
  • Strapless dresses show off arms and even out proportions

Vintage Style Wedding Dress with V-neck

 

Apple - your hips are narrow and your shoulders and back are broad

  • Empire dresses conceal excess tummy bulge
  • Create the illusion of a longer torso with v-neck tops
  • Wear belts at the smallest part of your waist

Vintage Queen Anne Empire Waist Wedding Dress

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Size Chart (inches)

 

Size 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W 28W 30W
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 38.5 40 41.5 43.5 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57
Waist 25 26 27 28 29 30 31.5 33 34.5 36.5 37 39 41 43.5 46 48.5 51 53.5
Hip 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5 39.5 40.5 42 43.5 45 47 48 50 52 54.5 57 59.5 62 64.5
Hollow to Hem 59 59 59 60 60 60 60 61 61 61 61 61 62 62 62 62 62 62

 

 

Bolero & Jacket Size Chart (inches)


Size S M L XL
Bust 34 35 38 41
Shoulder 15 16 17 18
Arm's Eye 12 13 14 15