Selecting a wedding dress shape for your body type.

Woman in a strapless lace wedding dress in a mermaid cut with a sweetheart neckline and a long bridal veil.

Preparing for your dream wedding can seem like a daunting task, but the most exciting part is picking out your bridal gown. From lace details to shiny silk designs, it can seem overwhelming knowing where to start looking for your dream dress. We recommend beginning with one essential aspect: selecting a wedding dress silhouette.

Women’s body shapes can vary, and selecting a wedding dress shape that complements your natural figure creates a flattering look tailored to you. Read on for some tips on how to choose a style that best fits your curves and remain gorgeously comfortable during your special day.  

Princess wedding dresses for pear-shaped figures

Breathtaking pear-shaped figures are characterized by a fuller lower body and a smaller upper profile. The best wedding dress for your body type will balance out your proportions while highlighting your natural beauty.

Consider selecting one of our princess wedding dresses with a full, sometimes layered, skirt and a fitted bodice. The design accentuates your décolletage while creating an ethereal effect with the skirt’s dramatic flair. For brides with more voluptuous curves, select a corset style bodice that lifts and holds. The Temple dress goes a step further by featuring a portrait (dropped sleeve) neckline that frames your bust line beautifully. 

Dark-haired woman in an off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress.

A-line wedding dresses for rectangular shapes

Complement your long legs and graceful stature with our wedding dress for body types with a more rectangular shape.

The A-line wedding dress, sometimes called the evasée, is the flowy version of a princess wedding dress. Its slightly less-defined waist and triangle-shaped skirt are favorable for rectangle-shaped bodies. The silhouette gently skims over the hips, creating a smooth profile.

Some of our classic styles include dresses such as Thelma; an elegant, long-sleeved gown that would also suit more mature brides. For those with narrow shoulders, dainty, double spaghetti straps will make them look wider and shapelier. For taller brides, pick out a design with a high neckline for a refined, elegant look tailored to your figure.  

Mermaid wedding dresses for hourglass figures

Hourglass figures are characterized by a defined waist with a balanced bust and hips. The best wedding dresses for body types with feminine curves accentuate your silhouette.

With their tailored curvature and flared ‘fishtail’ skirt and train, mermaid wedding dresses keep on giving. Every hourglass figure can differ from another, and selecting the right mermaid gown for you depends on your needs.  

Brunette woman in an off-the-shoulder mermaid wedding dress.

For curvy brides with small bust lines, consider our off-the-shoulder straps and a discreet bateau neckline. For a larger décolleté, a not-too low-cut V-neck elongates your collarbones. For brides who prefer an alternative design, explore the types of wedding dress silhouettes that make the best bridal gowns for hourglass figures.  

Sheath wedding dresses for all body types (and heights)

Known to complement most figures, one of the wedding dress styles for body shapes that vary is a sheath wedding dress. With their elongated silhouette and gentle flare at the hemline, our simple yet stunning gowns may be for you.

The sheath silhouette is a sartorial wonder, as it suits both plus-size or brides with an athletic build, petite and very tall statures, as well as apple-shaped body types. For smaller body frames, the minimalist Williams dress, with its flowing circular train, will make you look taller and can accommodate statement accessories. For larger figures, our bridal stylists suggest Russel; whose discreet bateau neckline is offset by a daring plunge back. 

Dark-haired woman in a simple wedding dress with low backline.

Celebrate your figure on your special day by selecting a wedding dress shape that best complements your body type. Our bridal stylists are experts in helping you choose a wedding dress silhouette suited to you, along with suggesting alterations and accessories that will make it perfect. Schedule a virtual appointment to discuss your ideas, and ensure you walk down the aisle in the wedding dress of your dreams.  

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