Find The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

How to choose the right dress silhouette for your body.
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  1. Whether you're planning beach nuptials or a ballroom affair, you probably have a few ideas about your dress. To narrow your search even further, go for a gown that plays up your best assets. A salon expert can help you find the perfect dress for your figure. And if you don't know your body type, don't fret! Here we're sharing six common body types and what to wear for each.​​

  2. Pear-shaped

    Watters Wedding Dress
    Photo by KURT WILBERDING

    Celeb Body Match: Beyoncé

    If you're smaller on top and curvier on the bottom, an A-line skirt that's fitted at the waist and flows away from the lower body highlights your slender midsection. To really pull off this style, opt for more structured materials like Alençon lace or satin that won't cling. Having a breezy outdoor affair? A flowy chiffon gown with draping or diagonal pleating around the hips is flattering and totally romantic. Above-the-waist details, like a one-shoulder neckline or wide sash, also works for you.

    Dress by Watters

  3. Hourglass

    Lazaro Wedding Dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Celeb Body Match: Sofia Vergara

    Embrace those curves with a gown that really shows off your figure. A mermaid-style or dropped-waist dress is ideal, though pretty much anything with a fitted bodice (think: a corset top with boning and built-in cups) supports and smooths out your shape. If you want a less body-conscious style, a fit-and-flare silhouette still accentuates your curves without looking quite as va va voom as a body-hugging mermaid gown.

    Dress by Lazaro

  4. Apple-shaped

    Lela Rose Wedding Dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Celeb Body Match: Mindy Kaling

    A classic trumpet or A-line gown that cinches at your natural waist and gradually becomes fuller draws the eye to the smallest part of your body. If your natural waist isn't as defined, a dress with an empire waist that hits right below your bust is an elegant choice. And don't be afraid to show some leg if you're going for a more casual vibe. A shorter hemline (whether tea or cocktail length) instantly elongates and slenderizes your shape.

    Dress by Lela Rose

  5. Tall and Slender

    Jenny Yoo Wedding Dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Celeb Body Match: Karlie Kloss

    Slimmer styles hug your body for a sultry take on the traditional wedding gown. Go for a classic sheath or trendier slip dress to call attention to your lean shape. To create the illusion of curves, stick to more voluminous silhouettes like a full A-line or ball gown. And, we're sure you've heard this before, but be mindful of the length of your hem: Make sure it does your statuesque frame justice and sweeps the floor, even when you're in heels.

    Dress by Jenny Yoo

  6. Athletic

    Dennis Basso Wedding Dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Celeb Body Match: Jessica Biel

    Whether you regularly hit the gym or you just have a naturally muscular build, pick a silhouette that highlights your athletic frame. A halter or jewel neckline puts the focus on your toned arms while slimming your shoulders. If you have a defined natural waist, a body-hugging dropped-waist gown shows off your svelte build (just make sure the skirt has some stretch if you have muscular thighs). If you're feeling especially daring, a crop top dress is a totally fun, fashion-forward way to flaunt (just a sliver of) your abs.

    Dress by Dennis Basso

  7. Petite

    Rivini Wedding Dress
    Photo by Photos by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Celeb Body Match: Kristen Bell

    To elongate your smaller frame, try a modified A-line gown with a waistline that clings to your torso then flares out to form an “A." For a sexier look, consider a formfitting sheath—its straight shape follows the flow of your body's natural lines for an equally flattering effect. As a general rule, high-sheen fabrics that cling to the body, like charmeuse, amplify your curves, while more voluminous fabrics, like organza, can overwhelm your petite figure.

    Dress by Rivini


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