The Best Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

Looking for your dream dress? Start by trying on wedding gowns that work best for your shape.
by Jennie Ma
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  1. Ball Gown

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full (aka huge) skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.

    Best for Brides with boyish figures. The fullness of the dress will make you look curvier.

    Avoid if You’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.

    Dress, $1,500,; earrings, $68,

  2. Mermaid

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is This shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee.

    Best for Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.

    Avoid if You know you don’t want something tight; this style is constricting.

    Dress, $4,562,; earrings, $25,000,; ring, price upon request, H.J. Namdar,
  3. Column

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is This formfitting style follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. It’s also referred to as a sheath.

    Best for Petite women, since this slim shape adds length. This silhouette also looks great on brides with sleek figures.

    Avoid if You’re pear-shaped (when you’re small on top but more rounded on the bottom). This silhouette will make you look unbalanced.

    Dress, $1,000, Prehnite,; earrings, $65, Radá,; ring, $4,125 (not including center stone),
  4. Drop Waist

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is This silhouette is exactly as you would imagine—it drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area.

    Best for Brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape, since it hugs your waist and hips.

    Avoid if You have a boxy figure—it might make you look like you have less curves.

    Dress, $998,; earrings, $250,; necklace, price upon request, Rahaminov,
  5. A-Line

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is As its name implies, this cut is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of—you guessed it—an “A.”

    Best for All body types. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes—it’s super-flattering on almost everyone.

    Avoid if You’re looking for something really sexy.

    Dress, $1,950,; earrings, $18, brooch, $68,
  6. Trumpet

    Trevon Dixon

    What it is A straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape.

    Best for Curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.

    Avoid if You’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape or if you have an apple or boxy body type.

    Dress, $1,679,; earrings, $5,400,; ring, $7,280 (not including center stone),

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