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Picking a Wedding Dress to Flatter your Figure


Finding the right wedding dress is probably the most crucial thing for any bride-to-be. Unfortunately, the search for the perfect dress is both tricky and frustrating – often because brides are not really sure which type of dress they should be looking for.

To get a dress with the perfect fit, it’s essential to choose one which suits your body shape and flatters your figure. This will not only make you more comfortable, but you’ll also look and feel more beautiful.

Every bride will find there PERFECT dress and it might be the complete opposite of what’s here. I just wanted to post it as a somewhat of a guide. ♥


Hourglass figure

An hourglass figure is one where your top and bottom halves are perfectly balanced, with a very defined waist.

Dress Dos: Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it’s still best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best asset. Two-piece gowns, will enhance an hourglass figure.

Dress Dos: Hourglass figures also look great in corset dresses

Dress Dos: If you’re a bit more curvaceous, try a mermaid or trumpet style dress


Dress Don’ts: As your chest and hips are already balanced it’s best not to add weight to either half. Avoid empire-line silhouettes and ball gowns.

Triangle shape

If you are a triangle shape, you are wider on the top of your body, with hips narrower than your shoulders.

Dress Dos: A v-neck dress works well to cover up wider shoulders.

Dress Dos: Narrow wide shoulders with thick straps

Dress Dos: Sleeves are great for covering wider shoulders, and are perfect for winter weddings.

Dress Dos: Add interesting details, such as embroidery and bows, around the middle and bottom of your dress, as this forces the eye downwards.


Dress Don’ts: Puffed sleeves will draw attention to your shoulders, as will halter and off-the-shoulder necklines. If you want to avoid drawing attention to an amble bosom, steer clear of embroidery and lapels around the neckline.

Apple shape

More voluptuous than most, apple shapes have full breasts, a bit of a tummy and a rounder bum and hips.

Dress Dos: An empire-line dress, will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look.

Dress Dos: A ball gown will cover up all the bad bits

Dress Dos: An A-line dress with a dropped waist looks great on everyone.


Dress Don’ts: Princess-line and basque dresses draw too much attention to your middle, and a sheath will make you look heavier. Avoid spaghetti straps which can cut into your shoulders.

Pear shapes

Just like the fruit, you’re smaller on top than the bottom, with hips wider than your shoulders.

Dress Dos: Princess style dresses disguise fuller hips and put the focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust.

Dress Dos: Strapless ball gowns work like princess dresses, emphasising all your best bits.


Dress Dos: Empire line dresses are also fab, as they highlight the smallest part of your body.

Dress Don’ts: Avoid tiered, trumpet and mermaid style dresses which draw attention to your bottom. Sheaths are also unflattering.


5’1” and under - you’ve got a tiny frame.

Dress Dos: Simple is best. Clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure. A sheath, is perfect.


Dress Dos: Narrow A-line dresses also work well for petite brides


Dress Don’ts: Most silhouettes flatter your figure, but ballgowns and mermaid dress tend to overwhelm. A big, elaborate dress can look as if it’s wearing you.


Last Updated: August 4, 2013 at 12:35 am
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