So you’re on the hunt for that perfect wedding dress; you might think you already know exactly what you’re searching for, but don’t be surprised if the dress you buy is completely different from what you’d imagined. We’re all wonderfully unique and we can’t possibly all look gorgeous in the same style of dress.  Some lines and fabrics were made to be worn by that curvy seductress while others drape a pear-shaped body to sheer perfection.  Taking a look at different styles depending on your particular body type can save you time and steer you towards finding the look that will dazzle on your big day.

What’s your shape?  We all fall into some generalized categories, more or less. Take a look and see which one you think describes you best.  We’ve added some of the best dresses for specific body types to get you started on the right foot.


If you’re round (sometimes known as apple shaped) then a dress that’s cinched at the waist and flares at your feet could be just the ticket.  A corset can add a touch of sexy and give you some shape, and opt for a dress with a deep décolletage. This will elongate your body.


The pear-shaped woman looks fabulous in a dress that flares more gently than an “apple” gal can pull off.  Stiff fabrics (like taffeta or satin) can create the illusion that the skirt floats away from hips and thighs, and a deep v-neck will elongate and draw the eyes up.


If you want to create a curvier look, a sheath dress with curved seams or a ball gown style wedding dress with a full and billowy skirt will show off that waist and add shapes in just the right places.


A mermaid style gown can be just the right amount of va-va-voom for hourglass figures.  Just avoid too much detail like ruffles or ruching.


If you’re leggy, keep it simple.  Make sure that your dress fits your long arms and legs; gowns that touch the floor will emphasize your stature.


If you’re looking to elongate your frame, a waist that sits above your natural waist will give the appearance of longer legs.  Limit detailing so that your small frame isn’t overwhelmed.


Stick to dresses that skim your natural shape; a billowy gown will only add the illusion of extra pounds.  Dresses with empire waists are beautiful, but stay away from too much detail on the bust and especially rushing or pleating.

Well Endowed

Instead of a v-neck opt for a more scooped neckline as you’ll add a little sexiness to your dress without falling out of it.  If you’re looking for strapless, try a sweetheart neckline or one that is scalloped rather than a simple, straight cut.

Small Chested

Ruching on a bodice is a great way to add dimension to your gown and give the appearance of curves.  You can also opt for some light padding if you prefer.


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