How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Choosing your dream wedding dress can be confusing, especially when you have some many options to choose from. You can only get the perfect wedding dress if you figure out the perfect cut for your shape.

One easy way to limit your options is to choose a silhouette that will highlight your best-loved assets and conceal your less-favorable traits. To start, figure out which of our five featured body types best defines your figure: Petite, plus size, busty, hourglass or lean and straight. And remember, you may not fit squarely into one category — most people don’t! Take Kim Kardashian: She’s petite, busty and has (insane) hourglass curves. And, her wedding dress (ahem, the Givenchy Haute Couture one she wore most recently to marry Kanye West) with its sheath silhouette, modest neckline and waist-baring cut-outs, was the perfect complement to her shape.

There are several elegant wedding dresses and this is how you know which suits you best.

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types

For brides who are short in stature and narrow at the waist — otherwise known as petite — wedding dresses that create the illusion of a long torso are ideal. The key to finding the most complementary dress for petite brides-to-be is all in the details, particularly, four specific silhouette styles that help create a long and lean stature.

Petite ladies should avoid dresses with a dropped waist because its easy to get lost in a voluminous dress, also anything calve length should be avoided as they tend to make one look short. Find a technique that would enhance your upper body and make you appear taller. Petite brides should avoid overwhelming their small frame. Choose airy sheaths and structured trumpet styles over big, frothy ball gowns.

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types

Whether you want to create the illusion of a smaller frame or celebrate your curves, we’ve got you covered. A lace illusion neckline is equal parts daring and demure, and it’s an especially slimming look when paired with a cummerbund-style waistline. Minimize your waistline with design details that draw the eye inward (think bodycon seams, but with crystals).

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types

If you’re a busty bride, you’ve got two choices: reveal or conceal. Either way, finding the right gown starts with pinpointing the perfect neckline.

Bustiers with a full skirt starting from below the waistline downwards are perfect, Also a dress with a scooped neckline would enhance your face. Strapless gowns are awesome, choose the ones with a sweetheart neckline rather than the one that just goes straight across. A square neckline looks great on almost anyone, but it’s especially great for the well-endowed because its not too revealing.

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types

Because floor-length gowns were made with your model stature in mind, you’ve got lots of options to choose from. But, if you’re hoping to create the illusion of curves — we’ve got a few tricks.

Ruffled Wedding dress
Ruffled Wedding dress

For straight lined ladies, a dress that would create an illusion is perfect. If you have a small bust go for a bodice as they create volume. A ball gown would capitalize on your slenderness and it would create a natural waist and give off curves where there is none.

Wedding Dresses for Small Chested Brides

Hollerrose Wedding Dress
Hollerrose Wedding Dress

The right bra is paramount for the small chested lady as it would provide the necessary boost needed. Extra fabric at the top would help fill out the upper body, also lightly padded halter neck are effective.

Wedding Dresses for Tall Brides

Pistis Layered Wedding Dress
Pistis Layered Wedding Dress

If you are tall, emphasize on your natural shape, that means all details from the waistline to the hemline etc must indicate your height. Choose the minimalist look when it comes to embellishment. If you’re wearing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. You don’t want to look as if you’ve borrowed a gown from someone shorter than you

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types

hourglass wedding dress

Work your womanly curves in a bodycon bridal gown or hide your hips in a big ball gown — either way, your gown should show off your trim mid section.

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