It can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect dress for your body type and with so many different options, that you can feel like you don’t know where to start.
Whether you’re going off-the-peg, vintage or choosing a bespoke dress, you need to choose something that will compliment your body and your personality perfectly.
Here we give you a breakdown of body shapes and general wedding dress styles that will leave you confident and knowledgeable, so you can have a successful shopping trip and find your dream dress for your body type in no time.
First, let’s talk body shapes; obviously, no two bodies are the same but here are the 4 most common shapes.
Your hips are wider than your shoulders
Your shoulders and/or your bust are larger than your hips
Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size, and you have a defined waistline
Straight or Athletic
Your shoulders, bust, waist and hips are all roughly the same size, and you have no defined waistline
Just like shapes, there are many different styles of wedding dress but here are the ones that suit the above body shapes the best.
Elegant and chic, a sheath dress is perfect for an athletic/straight figure and is a simple but beautiful bridal look. This could also work for an hourglass figure if you choose a style with detailing on the waist.
If you’re looking for something a bit more glam when it comes to wedding dress styles, then the fishtail is for you and it’s a match made in heaven for the hourglass figure. It works for a pear body type too. The fishtail style hugs in all the right places and has a fitted bodice that comes in at the waist and hips and flares out from the mid-thigh or knee.
Fit and Flare
The fit and flare is similar to the fishtail; it still hugs the waist, but it flares out mid-hip therefore perfect if you want to show your top curves but not your bottom curves. It’s a versatile shape and will work on hourglass and pear body types perfectly! If you’re looking to add some shape to your figure, then this style would also work on athletic/straight figures.
A more relaxed and simpler look, the empire line is high-waisted and has a seam that sits just under the bust. It complements most body types due to its versatile style and shape.
If you’re looking for a princess vibe then the ballgown dress is a timeless, classic piece that will make you feel like royalty. A ballgown generally has a fitted bodice with a dramatic flared skirt from the waist down. Petite people should steer clear of this style, but it suits almost every body type.
If you have an inverted triangle body shape, then this dress is perfect for you as it balances out the shoulders. If you’re looking to add a bit more shape to your figure, then this style will suit straight/athletic figures too! A-line dresses have a soft and romantic feel and are a classic bridal look.
If you’d like to discuss this more or come along for a try on to see how these shapes, from my Spirit Collection work on your body, then get in touch here or have a look at my Instagram page for more inspiration.