Wedding Dresses for Every Body Type

Posted April 13, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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According to, the best month of the year to buy bridal gowns is January as there are often big sales, and if your wedding is in the summer, you’ll have plenty of time to get any alterations done, choose your shoes, and find other accessories.

The question then may not be when to buy, but what style? The best style wedding dress for you really depends on your body type to ensure the most flattering fit, and there’s something out there for everyone:

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Ball Gowns

Ball gown style wedding dresses are one of the most popular silhouettes, providing a romantic, “princess” look in a traditional, classic shape. They have a fitted bodice with a full layered skirt that flares out while cinching the waist and add definition to the natural waistline in an elegant way.

These gowns are most flattering on tall, slender brides as well as those with a pear shape. It can enhance curves for those who have a more boyish figure while skimming over the hips to help define the waist if you’re a pear. Ball gowns aren’t the best for petite brides as they tend to “swallow” them up.

A-Line Dresses

A-Line dresses offer classic beauty and work well with many body types. They have a flowing skirt that gradually flares out with a fitted structured bodice. It’s another one of the most popular styles, complementing the bride’s proportions while flattering the figure. It skims the hips, making it a good choice for pear shapes.

For short/petite brides, choosing an A-line gown with a V-neck complements smaller frames by giving definition to the waist and bust while adding height by creating the illusion of a longer torso.

Mermaid Dresses

Mermaid gowns provide one of the sexiest silhouettes, enhancing curves in all the right places. They have an elongated bodice that flares at the knee and highlights the hips, making it ideal for brides with an hourglass figure. If you have a straight, narrow body, this shape will create enviable curves too.

Short Dresses

Many brides are choosing shorter length dresses these days. While they may not be the best choice for an elaborate church wedding, they’re ideal for many other venues from beach to backyard ceremonies. Brides who are looking forward to lots of dancing at the reception will appreciate the shorter hemline too—generally, this means mid-thigh or tea-length rather than mini.

These types of dresses can make you look elegant without feeling too formal, or being too revealing. They’ll show off your legs, and make your shoes stand out too if you’ve got an especially impressive pair.

Fit-and-Flare Gowns

Many say a fit-and-flare design is the very best style for brides with an hourglass figure as they show off your tiny waist and those gorgeous curves. With a dramatic flared skirt and supportive sweetheart neckline, this type of dress will hide what you don’t love and highlight what you do. 

Sheath Dresses

The embodiment of simple sophistication, sheath wedding gowns are equally polished and sexy, a contemporary style with straight lines that have a flattering, lengthening effect ideal for short brides. They follow the body’s natural line without flaring out, although it’s best to avoid elaborate beading, large bows or long veils which can be too overwhelming if you’re petite. 

What’s your favorite style of wedding dress? Let us know in the comments below!