How to choose the wedding dress style?

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Wedding Dress Styles and Body Shapes

Your Shape

Ever since you were a little girl, you’ve probably had an idea in your head of your dream wedding dress. Now that dream is about to become a reality. But the nipped-in waist bodice with a sweetheart neckline and multi-layered tulle skirt that you lusted after in your teens, or the figure-hugging fishtail that you always fancied yourself in may not actually be right for you. Finding the style that flatters your figure (and personality) should be your number one priority – our guide to gown silhouettes and body shapes will give you an idea of what will work best.

Wedding Dress Styles

A-Line Wedding Dress Shape


No prizes for guessing – this one gets its name from its distinctive skirt shape. The bodice is structured and cut to flatter, while the skirt flares gently down from the waist.

Perfect for: almost anyone, as it flatters every size and body shape and can make you look a good size slimmer. An A-line can create the illusion of curves on slender frames.

Ballgown Wedding Dress Shape


This is the stuff that dreams are made of! With a fitted bodice and a full skirt, a ballgown is ideal for big, traditional weddings and brides who want to look every inch the princess.

Perfect for: slender or pear-shaped figures, as the full skirt defines the waist and does wonders to conceal the lower body. This style can overpower a small frame, so if you’re petite, you might want to think twice before going the ballgown route.

Column Wedding Dress Shape


Narrow, body-skimming and really contemporary, this figure-hugger plays up the curves and adds wow factor. It is a stylish, self-assured look to be worn with confidence!

Perfect for: Lean machines. If you’ve got the figure, you can really show it off in this style of dress, but beware – there is no scope for concealing problem areas! Petite brides tend to look taller in a column dress.

Empire Wedding Dress Shape


An Empire-line dress has a raised waistline (to just under the bust), and often a flowing skirt in soft fabric with lots of movement. The look is romantic and feminine.

Perfect for: girls who want to show off their bust! It is also really flattering on pear- shaped girls and anyone with a tummy. If you are a pregnant bride, this is absolutely the one for you.

Fishtail Wedding Dress Shape


A sexy style that highlights those gorgeous curves! The dress contours the body right the way down to the knee and then flares out dramatically. Think Hollywood sirens here.

Perfect for: tall, slim girls who want a figure-hugging dress that shouts glamour.

Fit and Flare Wedding Dress Shape

Fit and Flare

The bodice is fitted down past the hip where upon it flares out from the body. Alluring and chic, it can be the perfect option to add curves to an otherwise straight figure.

Perfect for: tall, slim girls who want to feel curvaceous on thei big day.

Mermaid Wedding Dress Shape


A great choice for the hourglass figure – this style hugs everything in down to the knee (or just below) and then flares out and down to the hem.

Perfect for: anyone with an hourglass figure that wants to accentuate their curves.

Princess Wedding Dress Shape


A sexy style that highlights those gorgeous curves! The dress contours the body right the way down to the knee and then flares out dramatically. Think Hollywood sirens here.

Perfect for: anyone wanting a glamourous, classic look while embracing their feminine figure.

Trumpet Wedding Dress Shape


Great for adding curves – this is another variation to the figure-hugging fishtail but the flare starts from about mid-thigh as opposed to at, or below, the knee.

Perfect for: as with the trumpet-style, it’s tall, slim girls who’ll benefit most from this shape.



Body Shapes

Body Shape - Apple


Do you carry most of your weight around your middle, but have slim legs? If so, this is you!

If you’re an Apple shape, a dress with a corset will give you that waist you’ve always wanted. An A-line dress will ensure you look balanced and slimmer, but if your tummy is really big an Empire line will conceal it nicely. Our advice is to choose some gorgeous accessories to show off your best features.

Body Shape - Hour Glass


Are your hips and shoulders the same width, and your waist well defined? If so, this is you!

Strapless, V-neck and scooped necklines work well with an hourglass figure. If you’re a slim hourglass we know you could carry off a shapely lace fishtail, otherwise go for A-line with lots of draping or ruching to detract from problem areas, or a ballgown, which will show off your tiny waist and your fabulous boobs!

Body Shape - Athletic


Are you straight up and down, with hips and shoulders the same width and no definition at the waist? If so, this is you!

Athletic girls tend to have a small bust. Round or plunging necklines will emphasise this, while a halter neck makes shoulders look narrow, which doesn’t flatter the waist. Our advice is to go for a sweetheart or wide neckline to look super gorgeous. A straight dress will make you look boxy, but a corseted bodice with a ‘V’ shape at the front will give you a nice bust shape and create the illusion of a smaller waist. Details like sashes and brooches at the waist add definition.

Body Shape - Inverted Triangle

Inverted Triangle

Are your shoulders wider than your hips? If so, this is you!

You’d look equally fabulous in a straight dress or a full-on romantic ball gown. A halter neck or a higher neckline will balance your shoulders and hips. Avoid a wide neckline as this can make you look top heavy. If you opt for a straight dress, some sort of detail in the hip area, eg a bow, can add dimension.

Body Shape - Pear


Do you have a small bust and large hips? If so, this is you!

Most of us are pear-shaped. Show off your waist with details such as a jewelled belt or a contrast-coloured sash. Strapless bodices or spaghetti straps will draw attention to your fabulous top half, while A-line skirts will glide over larger hips. Diagonal draping on the bodice is very flattering, but avoid a halterneck as this makes hips look bigger. The fishtail is an absolute no-no, but we say you’d look gorgeous in a prom-style hip-concealing dress with a full skirt. Go for it!

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