There are thousands of wedding dresses out there with so many different choices which can become overwhelming! Every body is different and every body is meant to find that dress that makes them say “yes to the dress!” These dress types will help you find the perfect dress that is best for YOU!
Long and lengthy? Take advantage of it! You will want to look for a dress that accentuates your tall figure. A simple silhouette will make for an extraordinary gown. This dress will show off your natural shape. You will want all parts of the dress to show your natural beauty. Look for a lower waistline, floor sweeping hem that reflects your height. The tall bride can pull off any of the following: ball gowns, princess line and A- line, straight bridal dresses and mermaid dresses.
Dresses you want to avoid: stick to a simple yet elegant dress. Empire dresses will not shape your body type. You will want to steer clear from too much ruffle, embroidery, and dazzle! If you’ve got it, flaunt it…right?! Don’t overdo it.
If you don’t have any curves don’t get discouraged…there are dresses out there for you! You will look for a dress that creates curves for you. How awesome is that?! Look for a ballroom gown that cinches your waistline and flows into a full floor-length skirt. These dresses will show off your slenderness but will hide your lack of curves.
Dresses you want to avoid: dresses that do nothing for your body. If you have a small chest, look for dresses that add volume to that area.
Show off your petite body by wearing any of the following gowns: trumpet, sheath, and a modified A-line. Look for a gown with a waistline about your normal waist; making your lower half appear taller. Lucky you! You can pull off any fabric you choose, though keep the detailing minimal…stay away from large bows as they take away from the “height” of your dress.
Dresses you want to avoid: If you are looking for a gown that will make you look taller, stay away from dropped waists, ball gown, and calf-lengths which make your legs seem nonexistent.
There is always a solution for this! Dresses with a ruched bodice or extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves. Dresses with halter tops with a little extra padding will also do the trick.
Dresses to avoid: Gowns that do not fit your properly could easily make you smaller. If you want more upper curves stick with a gown that will help add curves. If you like a backless/strapless gown and cannot wear a bra, be sure to try self-adhesive silicone bras.
This is the most common body shape: your hips are wider than shoulders, taking shape like a triangle. Your dress to fit your body will be a dress with an a-line, princess line, structured bodice, or full skirts; such as a ball-room gown.
Dresses you want to avoid: Halter necks or high cut neck dresses, as they make your hips look larger. You will also want to stay away from pleated, full, or mermaid skirts.
Don’t let your busty chest get in the way of your wedding day! Look into getting a dress with a scooped neckline. If you want a strapless dress, go for one with a slight dip along the neckline, rather than a style that goes straight across. This will open up to your face without showing too much cleavage. Strapless dresses that go straight across make your bust look even larger so you may want to consider a sweetheart neckline.
Dresses you want to avoid: Material that is ruched or fabric on the bodice that is sheen (satin or silk) will add volume and negative attention to your chest.
A great dress for the plus sized bride is the Empires Dress. This dress would begin under the bust and flows to a floor length A-line gown. Be sure that the Empire seams do not start on the chest and that there is no pleating on the fabric. Be sure to get your dress sized to fit your shape…any extra will fabric will add pounds.
Dresses you want to avoid: Stay away from fabrics that are too flowy. If you like the romantic look of airier fabrics, a gown with a stiffer base and embroidered tulle over it will make for a better choice.
If you have more weight around your stomach and a smaller waistline you are an apple figure. These women usually have a larger chest and smaller hips and shoulders. Apple-Shaped brides should look for an empire or drop waist gown with an a-line skirt and a plunging/v-neck top. A dress with a lot of texture, for example, lace will make for a beautiful fabric.
Dresses you want to avoid: Stay away from dresses which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and knees, for example the trumpet dress.
Knowing what body type you have and which dress best suites your body will make your wedding gown search much easier! By using this guide you are one step closer to saying “yes to the dress!” I wish all brides happy wedding gown shopping! 🙂