Here are some top tips for finding a dream wedding dress to suit your body shape…

Spending the day wedding dress shopping with your family and bridesmaids is meant to be one of the most special parts of the wedding planning process, but if you have no idea what suits your shape, you may end up feeling more disappointed than excited.

This Ellis dress is perfect for an hourglass figureHourglass – Curvaceous hips and bust, typified with a small waistline

  1. Flaunt this shapely figure with a fitted fishtail design
  2. Sweetheart necklines will emphasise your assets in a subtle and elegant way
  3. Sashes, belts and fitted bodices will cinch in the waist or the wedding dress, enhancing your curves

AVOID: Plunging V-necklines and Empire line dresses

Apple-shaped women should try this Ian Stuart designApple – Larger bust and tummy but thin legs

  1. Apple-shaped women can pull of a V-neckline or sweetheart neckline in particular
  2.  Show off those pins with a short or tea-length wedding dress
  3. With a larger bust, opt for straps for added support

AVOID: Strapless or one-shoulder dresses


This Mori Lee design lends itself well to a pear shapePear – Narrow shoulders, wide hips, thighs and bottom

  1. A-line dresses are the most flattering for this shape, skimming over large hips and bums
  2. Narrow shoulders lend themselves well to a strapless wedding dress
  3. Sparkly waist detail will draw the eye away from the larger bottom half

AVOID: Fitted, slinky top-to-toe designs, hip embellishments

Give the impression of curves with this slinky Benjamin Roberts dressAthletic: A slim figure with few curves

  1. Straight up and down figures can pull off both slimline and fuller styles
  2. Create curves using a structured bodice and full skirt, complete with a waist belt
  3. Give the illusion of a fuller bust with a sweetheart or one-shoulder neckline

AVOID: Short dresses or styles that can swamp your small frame


  1. Where can I find the lace dress used to illustrate the ‘apple-shaped’ section? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  2. Hi help! I don’t lend myself to one particular shape therefore I’m struggling to find something that I think I would suit; I don’t want to try styles on because I am frustrated at my figure and the type of dress required for a beach.
    I want a light but sexy dress. I have very wide shoulders, very large bust, tiny waist (in comparison) and very chunky bottom, thighs and legs. I’m 5ft 6inches and weigh 154lbs.

    Ideas please, keep looking on websites but they pigeon hole everyone to one style type.