Wedding dress shapes to fit you

By author photo Tara Castellan

lifestage · 14 Jun 19

What to look for to look your best

When you start the search for your wedding dress, it can be a truly magical experience surrounded by many beautiful dresses that all have the potential of being “the one”. And during your journey to finding “the one” there are also a lot of factors to consider; the season, the dress code, your colour scheme – just to name a few. But before all of this the one thing you really need to know – and for the experience to be as magical and fruitful as you had hoped for – is your body shape. Fitting your wedding dress for your body type is an important step to help you shine on your special day! By empowering yourself to truly understand what your wedding dress shape is, this will not only alleviate those overwhelming feelings, but it will also inject more fun into the process. It needn’t be hard either, read on below as I’ve rounded up a few of the most common wedding dress shapes and what style will suit you the best!


Wide bust – narrow waist – wide hips.

You want to accentuate your waist and flatter those curves. A statement belt or sash highlighting your waist is a great place to start – especially if it’s on a fit and flare styled dress. A bias cut silk dress will skim those curves and a sweetheart or scooped neckline will enhance your top half.


Smaller up top – larger on the bottom half.

Draw attention to the top to balance out the bottom – an embellished bodice (sequins, crystals, beading) or a statement sleeve (sharp or capped) is a great place to start for this wedding dress shape. To keep it stylish, comfortable and balanced look for a ball gown or an A-line cut for the bottom half.


Larger bust/tummy – slim legs.

Balance the top by choosing a plunging or v-neck line which will create the illusion of length. If you are going for a full length gown, a side split will allow your legs to be a prominent feature. And don’t discount a short dress when picking a wedding dress for your body type, it can be just as chic and wearable as the longer styles.

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