The Best Wedding Dress Shape For Your Body

How to choose the right wedding dress silhouette for your body.

You've joined a gym, changed your diet and even banned alcohol (during the week, anyway) -- now don't let all of your hard work go to waste. Stick to dress styles that flatter your figure to get the most out of your wedding workouts. Here are five common body types and what to wear for each.


Embrace those curves with a gown that shows off your hourglass shape. A mermaid-style or a dropped-waist dress is ideal, though anything with a fitted bodice will enhance your figure.

Figure Flatterers

  • Opt for a sweetheart neckline to mimic the shape of your body's natural curves.
  • A decorative sash in a contrasting hue will highlight your shapely waistline.
  • A strategically placed floral applique draws attention to your most petite parts.
  • Exaggerated dropped waistlines, which hit below the hips, will hug your curves but still give you plenty of mobility.

Details to Dodge

  • Plunging necklines (or anything that shows a bit too much skin -- you want all of your guests to look at your face, right?)
  • Empire waistlines


Disguise your hips by choosing a gown style that flares at or above your natural waist. Think baby-doll gowns with Empire waistlines. Or focus on interesting necklines and detailed bodices that draw the eye upward.

Figure Flatterers

  • An elaborate one-shoulder neckline is a great way to call attention to your tiny torso.
  • A fitted bodice with a full skirt suits your shape since it helps define your waist.
  • Empire waistlines (which fall just under the bust) hug your body at its slimmest spot.
  • Billowy tiers will hide large hips in style.

Details to Dodge

  • Dropped waists
  • Slinky fabrics
  • Sheaths
  • Mermaid skirts


Opt for a modern sheath. The slim silhouette adds length to your tiny frame. Pay attention to the hemline though: If it's too long or too short, you'll end up looking even smaller. If a sheath feels too casual, a trumpet or A-line style is another great option.

Figure Flatterers

  • A V-neckline draws the eye downward and gives the impression of height.
  • For layers without extra bulk, try a slim style with a sheer lace or light tulle overlay.
  • Embellishments on the bodice in V-shaped patterns will elongate your torso.
  • Trumpet skirts hug your frame and are the best bet if you want to wear a fuller skirt.

Details to Dodge

  • Poufy tiers
  • Excessive embellishments
  • Oversized bows and flowers

Tall and Slender

If you want to downplay your height, stick to more voluminous silhouettes. Or you could show off your lean shape in a flowing sheath. These slim looks hug your body for a sexier take on the traditional wedding gown.

Figure Flatterers

  • High necklines, like halter, jewel or bateau styles, will make you seem statuesque.
  • Silky fabrics show off your lean shape.
  • A gown with a defined waistline will create the illusion of curves on your slim figure.
  • You can go with a voluminous A-line dress or ball gown; it won't overwhelm your frame.

Details to Dodge

  • Headpieces
  • High heels (duh!)
  • Hairstyles with lots of height


You're going to want a gown that hides your not-so-tight tummy. Search for styles with tight ruching or beading around the waist, and conservative necklines like scoop or V-neck.

Figure Flatterers

  • Wide straps balance out your figure. Bonus: They also let you wear a bra with ease.
  • A gathered waistline will instantly help make your tummy look more toned.
  • V-necklines are slimming.
  • A sassy, above-the-knee hemline is ideal to show off your best asset: great legs!

Details to Dodge

  • Off-the-shoulder necklines
  • High necklines

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