How to Find a Flattering Wedding Dress for YOUR Shape

August 14, 2015

How to Find a Flattering Wedding Dress for YOUR Shape

Most brides start their wedding dress search online and it can be hard to imagine what that wedding dress on Pinterest (on a size 0 model) will look like on YOUR beautiful body.  

First things first: You are perfect just the way you are. You do not need to lose weight to get married. The most beautiful thing you will wear on your wedding day? Your smile. OK good, remember that please!

Now let us help you find a dress that you will look and feel stunning in. Here are some tips to help you find a fabulous and flattering dress for your (beautiful) body shape:


Body Type: Pear Shape (hips wider than shoulders):

Look For: Highlight your waist and upper section on your beautiful body. To accentuate your waist, look for dresses with a natural waist that draws the eye or add an eye-catching belt. Wedding dresses with an interesting neckline draw attention up.  A-line skirts and skirts that don't cling to the lower hip are also a great option.

We Recommend: The Teresa dress with its cinched natural waist, A-line skirt, and eye-catching bodice. The Ada or Edie dresses that feature a natural waist (pair with a belt for added effect), a touch of sparkle on the bodice, and a flowy skirt. The A-line Rachel wedding dress or the figure-enhancing and full-skirted Susan.

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Body Type: Inverted Triangle (shoulders wider than hips):

Look For: Dress styles that have something interesting lower down to balance your beautiful shoulders. Short or tea-length dresses, trumpet skirts, and modified A-line dresses with a little flare are great options for you.

We Recommend: The Lucille or Florence (short wedding dresses). The Jane and Marie dresses are the wedding dress styles that hug in all the right places and have a subtle flare and beautiful textured fabrics.

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Body Type: Rectangle (shoulders, waist & hips are similar size):

Look For: Wedding Dresses that add curves to your beautiful body. Dresses that accentuate your waist, short dresses, body-skimming sheath dresses and A-line skirts are good options for you.

We Recommend: The silky-smooth and figure-hugging Isabel and Malala dresses.  The A-line and waist highlighting Teresa.  The curve-accentuating Marie wedding dress or the A-line illusion lace Diana dress with a bridal sash (belt).

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Body Type: Apple (fuller in the waist than hips or shoulders):

Look For: Dresses that highlight your waist or empire waist on your beautiful body. Look for dresses that draw they eye to your empire waist (where your bra band goes) or add visual interest at the waist. Some people prefer loose and flowing gowns while others like more fitted dresses for their apple shape.

We Recommend: The Maya with beading at the empire waist and which hugs in all the right places. The Rachel with its wide natural waist, full skirt, and lovely bodice. The Eleanor with its empire waist and flowing skirt.

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Body Type: Tall

Look For: Simple dresses that mirror the natural up and down lines of your beautiful body. Don't overdo it too much volume or "stuff" on the dress.

We Recommend: The ruffle-backed Isabel or Malala dresses or the simply lovely EileenAmelia, Ada or Edie wedding dress styles.

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Body Type: Petite

Look For: Simple dresses that elongate your beautiful body and draw the eye up. Look for Empire-waisted dresses, visual interest on the bodice, and simple silhouettes like sheath or goddess wedding gown styles. Make sure any details on the dress are proportional and don't overwhelm your natural beauty.

We Recommend: The Empire-waisted Eleanor and Maya dresses. The elongating Amelia or Angelina wedding dress styles. 

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Body Type: Busty

Look For: If you have a large chest look for a dress that flatters your beautiful body and bust. Think comfort and look for straps or a well-constructed bodice. A gently scooping neck line will flatter your bust and highlight your face.

We Recommend: The Gloria dress with it flattering scooped neckline. The Jane dress and Marie wedding dress styles with their gently scooped/sweetheart necklines. The Teresa, Maya, or Diana dresses with supportive straps and elegant backs.

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Body Type: Small Chested

Look For: To accentuate your chest on your beautiful body look for dresses with something that draws they eye at the bust.  Look for ruched or gathered fabric, eye-catching sweetheart necklines, and dresses that you can wear a bra with or that have cups built in. You don't need as much support and can more easily rock an open-backed dress.

We Recommend: The bust-flattering Amelia and Angelina wedding dresses. The Maya and Teresa dresses with illusion lace and built-in cups.  The pleated and open-backed Isabel & Malala dresses.  Sweetheart dresses the Diana, the Florence, the Ada, the Edie, and the Marie. Dresses with visual interest at the bust like the Jane and the Rachel.

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