Choosing The Right Wedding Dress For Your Shape

Now that you've got the engagement ring, you're probably hoping to find the perfect dress. But before you get your heart set on one that you love, understand that you may end up trying on several dresses before you get "the one." Even though you may love a certain designer or style of dress, if your body type doesn't accommodate it, you'll feel let down when you try it on. This guide explains what type of dress works well for each of the body types, so you'll know what to look for when you shop for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding gown.


Rectangle body shapes accommodate beautifully to a dress that accentuates or creates the illusion of a waist. Look for dresses that cinch at the waist or have an eye-catching waistband or tie.

A-line ball gowns help create the illusion of a more defined waist as well. If you love your long, lean look, a sheath dress emphasizes your figure and highlights your silhouette.


Apple body shapes look best when the dress draws attention away from the waist. Choose an empire or A-line dress to draw the eye upward to the smallest part of your waist.

A sweetheart neckline also draws the eye upward. Lace and ruching are lovely accents as well, as long as the dress is not boxy.


Pear body shapes work wonderfully with a flowing dress with an embellished top and plain bottom. The embellishments draw the eye upward, taking emphasis off your hips.

Almost any neckline and strap combination is complimentary as long as the dress is not too tight fitting, such as a mermaid, pencil or trumpet style dress.


Hourglass body shapes have the advantage of sporting nearly any style wedding dress with ease. If you wish to emphasize your curves, choose a more form fitting dress such as a trumpet or mermaid style which hugs your small waist and shapely hips flaring out at the thigh or knee respectively. Whichever style dress you choose; make sure it emphasizes your small waist.

Inverted Triangle

Inverted triangle body shapes are best showcased in a full skirt or A-line style dress to bring balance to the body. Embellishments on the bottom half of the dress draw the eye downward to bring a more balanced look as well. Scoop necks and a more plunging neckline will give the neck and shoulders a slimmer appearance. For this body shape, it is best to avoid shoulder pads or puffy sleeves to bring more symmetry.

Take your time in choosing your perfect wedding dress, and don't despair if you feel a little overwhelmed. You'll know the dress when you try it on. It's almost as if the dress chooses you. Now that you know what to look for, you'll save time, so you can get on with other wedding planning details. If you're looking for a bridal gown store, visit Val Stefani.