Posted on November 17 2020
Your wedding is once in a lifetime & your wedding dress should be the one garment that you refuse to compromise on in terms of fit and style, it should be something you feel comfortable and beautiful in.
Every woman has similar, yet different curves. Embracing your unique curves can help you find your perfect wedding dress.
For the reason that each bride will have a different body type and want to highlight and flatter different parts of her silhouette, here's a little wedding dress breakdown to help you out.
A lot of women will have attributes from multiple body types and find it stressful placing herself under one category. You don’t have to. This is a very general guideline of standard body types and the type of wedding dresses that will complement them.
The best thing to do here is to calculate which body type has most of your own attributes.
Here are the six basic bridal style silhouettes. You may not be confined to one single category, but we will explain which styles will both highlight and hide certain parts of the body so that if you’re still unsure about your body shape you can make your decision on what you like best about yourself. You can then decide which style wedding dress you want basing on your own self-confidence and reassurance – rather than determining the dress via weighing scales and measuring tapes.
With slim hips and shoulders and long legs. Usually, women with this body type are taller than most, with fewer curves like that of a smaller bust or narrow hips.
If you find yourself lacking in curves around the hips or bust, then don’t feel like you have to hide your silhouette under ruffles of tulle and taffeta to compensate for lack of volume.
However, a classic yet subtle A-line frame will give you the illusion of curves, with a flowing skirt and enhanced waistline. An accentuated neckline, such as a sweetheart strapless bust. These wedding dress accents will fit around your frame comfortably, enough to enhance the areas they sit on such as your hips and bust.
Alternatively, this is also your chance to wear a daringly designed dress if you so choose. Due to the naturally slim and lean looking frame that comes with this body type, you can afford to pick a dress that is fully adorned in either lace or embroidery, as your frame will able to hold such detail with class. This is your chance to use and flatter your body type rather than hide it away.
It's the type of body shape where women will have a full, curvy silhouette both on top and on the bottom and have a smaller waist. They will have wide hips, a full bust and usually, due to the two upper and bottom halves being large she will have a smaller waist. These body types are considered rather voluptuous, with women having full figures and dipping curves.
The ideal wedding dress for women with an hourglass figure will be either a mermaid or trumpet skirt gown. These wedding dresses are the go-to gowns when it comes to showing off what you have, and they are hugely popular at the moment. Mermaid gowns are flatter and accentuating the bust while their main focus is on the hips, before the end of the skirt erupts out in ruffles of tulle.
They enhance the curves while drawing in a tight, figure-hugging shape and add further drama to the end of the dress with a voluminous skirt. These dresses are full of volume and emphasis, for a woman who wants to show off all her shape.
Typically, this body shape is often referred to as the “apple” because the silhouette is bulkier on top with a large bust and holds more volume than the lower half. Women who fit under the apple shape category will usually have most of their weight up top.
The best type of wedding dresses for these body types are the gowns that are accentuating the waistlines and of course, the ever-reliable A-line gown. The emphasis placed on the lower half of the silhouette with an A-line flowing skirt will create a balance on top, giving you an overall flattering and even silhouette.
Pear (Bigger lower body)
Similar to the apple shape, the pear shape holds most of its volume on the hips or legs, with a narrow waist and wide hips, but a smaller upper part.
The perfect dress type for girls with a pear shape will be the asymmetrical types. An asymmetrical dress is a wedding dress that will have more emphasis and shape on one part than the other, like a draped waist or a ruffled skirt.
These typically have either a trailing ruffled layer skirt that cascades diagonally down the dress, or a one-shoulder strap bodice. These type of structural dimensions on a wedding dress create the illusion of proportional balance. It also gives an illusion of slimmer body
If you don’t like the idea of an organza gown with ruffles, you don't need to go for the large silhouette. There are also options for you to choose a slimmer, straighter outline dress while keeping a flattering and comfortable figure. A dress with detailed neckline and bodice will flatter your upper half, while a flowing column skirt will flatter your hips perfectly without drawing attention to the shape or size.
Usually, women with petite frames are those who are shorter than average in height and will have quite a narrow and small body shape.
However, If your heart is set on walking down the aisle in a magical flowing ball gown, then there are styles you can find to flatter a smaller frame. A detailed neckline and a wide flowing skirt will balance the length of the waist that will fit your frame perfectly.
These are the usual body types where women will have that extra bit of curves on their body, such as a full bust, full hips and slightly more filled out in the middle than that of either the apple or the pear. This is the body type of a rounded, curvy, beautiful women.
A structured bodice here will always give the illusion of sleekness and control for anyone worried about their midriffs. Similarly, an A-line & ball gown will add balance to those with a wider frame.
Don’t be tempted to hide your shape on your wedding day or be afraid to show off what you have. Try going for something that will both flatter your beautiful shape and at the same time have you feeling relaxed and secure.
Remember, anything you feel great in will make you look even better on the outside, so focus on finding the perfect dress that will keep a smile on your face all day long. If you're looking for inspiration for your dream dress, make sure you check out our wedding gown collection