Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. It can even get emotional – some brides cry tears of happiness when they’ve found the one. Bridal appointments are usually 90 minutes long, so you’ll want to know what you’re looking for in order to use your time wisely. Don’t get too stressed – a stylist will be there to help you find the right dress! David’s Bridal is a great place to start your wedding dress search because every store carries over 120 styles, and most of their styles are available in sizes 0-30. BHLDN and Nordstrom are also great options for brides to start their gown search because they carry hundreds of different styles, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. These stores also offer bridal appointments so that you can try on gowns before making a purchase.
To narrow down your search, look for dress styles that complement your figure the best. Keep in mind that these aren’t strict rules to follow – ultimately, the right wedding dress is the one you feel the most beautiful in.
Let’s take a look at different body types and which dresses will look the most flattering on them.
1. Any figure
Every body type will look amazing in an A-line dress.
An A-line dress is fitted at the waist while the skirt gradually widens. The flowy skirt of an A-line dress is great for a night of dancing.
2. Petite figures
The best way to complement a petite body type is to avoid overwhelming dresses. An overwhelming dress is one that takes away from your figure. You don’t to lose your frame in a voluminous ball gown. Look for simple, form-fitting dresses. A sheath dress is perfect for a petite figure. This type of dress is a close-fitting and straight cut.
An empire silhouette is also perfect for someone with a petite figure because it gives the illusion of long legs. An empire silhouette is a dress that has a fitted bodice ending below the bust, making the skirt take up most of the dress. Below is an example of an empire line dress.
3. Hourglass figure
If you have an hourglass figure, you’ll want to find a gown that flatters your curves. A mermaid dress will be a great option for you.
A trumpet dress is also a great option for someone that is looking to show off their curves. It’s very similar to a mermaid dress – the flared skirt for a trumpet dress starts above the knee while the flared skirt of a mermaid dress starts just below the knee. If you’re looking forward to dancing on your big day, a mermaid dress may not be the right option for you. Because the flare falls below the knees, a mermaid dress can be harder to move around in. If you’re dead set on this look, go for a trumpet dress because it will be a little easier to move around in.
Another style that looks great on an hourglass figure is a bias cut gown. The bias cut makes fabric drape in a way that clings to your body’s curves. An example of a bias cut gown is Pippa Middleton’s famous Alexander McQueen dress that she wore to Kate Middleton’s wedding.
Ball gowns are also perfect for someone with an hourglass figure. A ball gown has a fitted bodice and a voluminous skirt – think Cinderella. The silhouette of a ball gown will flatter your narrow waist.
4. Pear figure
Most dresses that look great on hourglass figures will also look amazing on those with pear figures. Ball gowns and mermaid dresses are great options for someone with a pear figure.
While you shop for a dress, try on dresses with spaghetti straps or a v-neck. This will bring attention to your upper body.
5. Inverted triangle figure
Someone with an inverted triangle figure should look for dresses with v-necks or sweetheart necklines. These necklines are super flattering for someone with a larger bust.
Consider dresses with straps as they will be more supportive. Some straps have beautiful details that really add to the dress. Illusion necklines are also a beautiful yet supportive option.
If you want to look curvier, opt for a trumpet or mermaid gown. Trumpet or mermaid dresses are a great way to balance out an inverted triangle figure. The fanning out of the skirt will complement the upper half of your body.
Want to feel like a princess on your special day? Opt for a ball gown. A ball gown is also a great option for those with inverted triangle figures because the voluminous skirt balances out the upper half of your body.
6. Rectangular figure
People with a rectangular figure should consider a sheath dress for their big day. Look for a sheath dress that cinches to your waistline to create the appearance of curves.
An empire waistline is also a great option for this body type because the higher waist with a flowing skirt will make your figure appear less boxy. It’ll also accentuate your athletic build.