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How To Choose The Best Wedding Dress For Your Body Shape

Just like women, wedding dresses are all different shapes and sizes.

How To Choose The Best Wedding Dress For Your Body Shape

We’re all unique when it comes to our favourite style of wedding dress. But how do we make sure they’re the most flattering? This is our guide on how to choose the best wedding dress for your body shape to help you feel your very best on the happiest day of your life.

Is there a best wedding dress for your body shape?

Actually, there is. And you might find there could be many that suit you. If you have your heart set on wearing a princess gown, that’s what you should wear. If you’re not sure what dress style suits you or you’re worried about certain aspects of your body, don’t worry. Here are a few well-known basic rules to consider when you go wedding dress shopping:

  • The neckline: does it flatter your body shape and enhance your bust?
  • The material: Does it cling to every curve or skim your outline?
  • The length: if you’re short, does it elongate you or if you’re tall, does it make the most of your height?
  • The skirt shape: Does it fall to the floor giving the illusion of curvaceous hips?

What shape and style are you?

Most women are not one defined shape. We are a mixture of curves – some have more than others, but it makes sense to consider our good bits as well as our not so good bits. But one thing’s for sure – we all have the dress of our dreams in mind. So just because you think you look a certain way, that doesn’t mean you have to wear one specific style.

Take a look through the styles below to discover the wedding dress that will be best suited to you.

1. Pear shape

Definition: you are narrower on top with curvy hips.

What to choose: To give the illusion of a wider top half, opt for slim A-line styles with wide or square necklines. Strapless or off-the-shoulder dresses, in particular, are a great choice. If you have a heavier material wrapped around your top half, such as a fur stole, this will also help to create balance.

What to avoid: Clingy materials around your hips and bias cut skirts. If you have a small chest area, avoid a deep v-neckline or low cut dresses unless they feature a panel of some sort.

2. Plus size

Definition: you are curvy and probably a size 18+.

What to choose: A deep v-neckline will give the illusion of a slim look whilst enhancing your best assets. A fitted bodice with a longer length gentle A-line skirt is also a good choice for you, as well as sheer sleeves.

What to avoid: High necklines, pleats, short skirt lengths, strapless or off-the-shoulder styles.

3. Petite

Definition: you are 5ft 3ins or under and quite a small dress size.

What to choose: An A-line or long-line style with detail at the neckline and hem will draw the eye up and down the length of your frame. For a petite frame, a gentle A-line style is the best wedding dress style to go for as this will lengthen the body. A high neckline can also give the illusion of length. And don’t forget the heels!

What to avoid: Ballgown or full skirted meringue styles.

4. Hourglass

Definition: Your bust is about the same width as your hips and you have a nipped in waist.

What to choose: You’re lucky enough that you can choose pretty much anything you like, especially dresses that accentuate your waist and curves. A fishtail would look amazing on you – it’s all about the Hollywood glamour.

Choosing your wedding dress

It can be such a good feeling when you know you’ve chosen the best wedding dress for your body shape. You know you look amazing and your confidence shines through.

We would definitely advise to try on several dresses in different styles before you make your final decision. Make a day of it and go with your mum or a trusted friend and make sure they take pictures so you can look back at each gown you tried on. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in the dress you choose as you’ll be wearing it all day.

And remember, real beauty isn’t just about how you look. We know you’ll be the most beautiful bride on your wedding day.


Do you need help choosing your wedding dress? Discover how to bring your wedding dreams to life by booking an appointment to discuss your plans with a consultant at The Wedding Gallery today.

By Holly Sutton

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