Brides come in many glorious shapes and sizes, so the first important step is establishing the right style for your unique body shape.

We've broken up the most common types of body shape, and the types of wedding dress that usually suit those shapes best. The key word there is usually - if you're an apple shape and you adore high necklines, try them on and see how you feel. Everyone's bodies and tastes are different, so this is just a helpful guideline, not the law. The most important thing is that you feel fabulous on your big day, but if you're feeling overwhelmed with where to begin, this may guide you on your way!

 

Hourglass

If you’ve got the curves, girl, show ‘em off! Figure-hugging mermaid or trumpet-style gowns really accentuate your shape, nipping you in at the waist and flowing over your shapely silhouette. Fuller ballgown styles or ruffles and tiers may not do you justice.

 

Athletic/boyish

If your figure is a little on the straight side, introduce some shape with added volume and detailing around the hips and chest. Try on A-line, ballgown or empire-line styles – these will help balance your frame and create the illusion of an hourglass silhouette. Avoid strapless gowns or skinny straps that can make shoulders appear broader.

 

Fuller chest

If you’ve got a fuller chest but don’t want straps, we recommend going for an off-the-shoulder or Bardot style, instead of entirely strapless. Also, a nipped-in waistline will help to define your shape even more.

 

Inverted triangle

If your shoulders are wider than your lower body, opt for V-neck gowns with thicker straps or sleeves. Styles to avoid are halternecks and off-the-shoulder gowns.

 

Apple

If you have a fuller bust and straight hips, try classic A-line styles or full ballgowns that nip you in, accentuating the smallest part of your waist. Avoid high necklines, opting instead for a V-neck or scooped neckline dresses.

 

Smaller chest

Brides with smaller busts should avoid sweetheart necklines, opting instead for a straight or high neck. Having a smaller chest gives you lots of options, including halterneck and backless, as less support is needed.

 

Petite

Simplicity is key for petite brides. An elegant sheath gown will create one long line and elongate your frame. High-low dresses will give you the illusion of longer legs and an empire waist will draw the eye up, again creating a longer silhouette. Steer clear of fuller ballgowns, as they may overwhelm your smaller frame and, if you’re going for a short dress, be careful about ballet length, opting instead for a dress that falls just below the knee.

 

Pear

An A-line wedding dress is the perfect silhouette for pear-shaped ladies, as it will balance out fuller hips. Consider dresses with texture or detailing on top too.

 

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