Wedding Dresses to Suit Your Shape

Plus size? Petite? Athletic? No matter what your figure, we’ve found wedding dresses to flatter you! Read our top tips on how to find the right dress to flatter your figure.

Pear shape

Showcase your tiny waist with detail in the middle – a sparkly belt or sash should do the trick. Also, strapless bodices or spaghetti straps will show off your toned top half so look for wedding dresses with these details. Pretty, prom-style dresses are also big news right now – look for designs with full skirts will disguise larger hips completely.

Athletic

If you’ve got a straight up-and-down figure, stay away from round or plunging necklines as these will emphasise a small bust. Clever details like sashes and brooches at the waist will add structure around your middle. Also, look for asymmetric necklines. They are perfect because they disguise the width of your shoulders, and sweetheart necklines will give the illusion of a larger bust.

Apple

Empire line gowns are a great choice for apple-shaped brides as they glide over larger tummies and disguise any lumps and bumps. Consider corseted gowns that will create a waistline and use accessories to emphasise your favourite bits. A-line skirts will create the illusion of a slimmer waist and give you a more balanced figure in an instant.

Hourglass

Hourglass figures are lucky as most dress shapes look great on this type of figure. The trick here is to make your top half and bottom half look similar sizes. Search for sparkly shoulder details to balance out your top half. When it comes to skirts, gentle fishtails in lace fabrics will be most flattering for hourglass brides. Also, look for diagonal draping from the waist to the hip to disguise your tummy – this is a flattering look on most shapes.

Petite

The 1950s theme is a popular wedding look right now and skirts that finish just on or above the knee are perfect for this theme. Avoid princess-style wedding dresses with large skirts – they will swamp your tiny frame. Also, look for gowns with a natural waist – drop waisted wedding dresses are not flattering on a smaller frame.

Plus-size

Big, beautiful brides should firstly look for corseted gowns from specialist suppliers like Sonsie and Callista, as these wedding dresses have been specialy made with plus-size figures in mind. Sweetheart necklines and A-line skirts will give plus-size brides that traditional bridal silhouette in an instant, pulling you in at all the right places. Plus-size brides should also look for plain wedding dresses with a sparkly detail at the waist to draw the eye to their smallest part.

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About Jade Pearson

Jade is a sucker for a rock god and can often be heard purring over their latest exploits. A lifelong Liverpool fan, she loves a bit of rounders too. Just don't get her angry, she's a feisty one! Owner of two ginger cats called Mr Sprinkles and Thomas O'Malley.