Wedding dresses to suit your body shape

Bride sitting in her wedding dress

When choosing your perfect wedding dress, one of the key things to consider is your body type. Different dresses will highlight different aspects of your figure; read on for our breakdown of the best dresses for each body shape.

The ball gown

Ball gown dresses are distinguished by their full skirts and fitted bodice. These dresses are a wonderful option if you are tall and slender, as they accentuate the beauty of a slender frame, and your height will ensure that you do not become overwhelmed by the fullness of the skirt. In contrast, someone who is shorter, or more petite, can easily get overwhelmed in the layers of skirt netting, so the dress is a better choice for taller women. In addition, the dress can be an ideal option if you are pear shaped, as it can help balance out your figure.

The mermaid

The mermaid style of wedding dress is classic, well-fitted, and sophisticated. The Knot provides a fitting description for the dress, “This shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee.”

The curve-hugging nature of the mermaid dress, makes it perfect for anyone with curves. This dress well help you make the most of a gorgeous figure, and will leave you feeling elegant and feeling confident in your look.

The A-line

As you would imagine, this style of wedding dress is fitted at the top and the bodice, and flares out towards the bottom of the dress. It’s a beautiful choice, if you are looking to highlight a small waist. Comparatively, if you have curves that you’d like to show off – you may prefer to go for a different style of dress.

In contrast, you can also go for a modified A-line dress; the modified A-line also has a fitted bodice, with a flared skirt, but the skirt fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line dress. This style of dress is generally flattering on all body types.

Bride wearing her dressThe sheath

A sheath dress, is the perfect choice for anyone looking to show off a slender frame. Bridal Guide describes the key features of the dress, and who it is best for, “Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves”.

In comparison, if you are looking to conceal any aspects of your figure, the curve-hugging sheath dress may not be the one for you.

The tea-length

The tea-length hemline falls in-between the ankle and the knee. This style of dress is flattering on all body types, and is a wonderful option for a vintage-style wedding.

The perfect dress for you

The world of wedding dresses is filled with a wide-variety of styles of gown and it can be tricky navigating the racks and figuring out which style of dress will work for you. However, the range of unique styles mean that finding the perfect dress for your body-type is easier than it seems.

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