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Which wedding dress shape will suit you?

by | 7 May 2016 | Wedding Apparel

You might know the latest bridal trends, but do you know which ones suit you? Wedding dress shopping can be exciting, stressful and daunting all at the same time.  So here is our handy guide to wedding dress shapes, so you can be ultra prepared for hunting down that gown…


The A-Line wedding dress is a great place to start. Hugging the waist and flaring out at the skirt, it’s a good shape for most body types. If you’re pear-shaped or bottom heavy, this style will accentuate your waist, making it appear smaller. It’s also ideal for this season’s love for tiered skirts and extra volume.


The empire dress has a higher waistline, which sits above the natural waist, sometimes as high as just under the bust. It’s the perfect shape for petite brides as it lengthens the body and legs. It also skims from below the waistline, so it’s perfect for bottom-heavy figures, and it’s a beautiful shape for the romantic textured dresses that have been seen on the 2016 catwalks.


The sheath dress is one of this year’s favourite wedding trends. It’s an elegant shape that hugs the figure and nips in at the waist, so it’s one for all you toned brides to really show off your shape.

Ball Gown

The ball gown is the ultimate in fairytale bride. With its full skirt, it conceals the bottom half and accentuates the waist, making it perfect for many figures. Better still, you’ll find plenty of examples this season as now is the time for dramatic volume. The ball gown’s fitted bodice will flatter the waistline, but remember to look for textured detailing for this year’s 3D floral trend.


It’s all about the curves in a trumpet style dress. This shape flares from the mid-hip, balancing a curvy figure or creating a feminine shape for athletic figures. Choose yours in a simplistic style for this season’s chic modernism trend.


So we’d all like to feel like a mermaid on our wedding day, but unfortunately this isn’t the go-to shape for everyone. Hugging the chest and waist and flicking out at the bottom, this is the ideal shape for those lucky hourglass brides, as it’ll make the most of your lovely curves. Look for movement in the skirt for that fairytale finish.

Hopefully, with our guide, you can head off on your wedding dress hunt with a good idea of what to look for. Have any of you struggled with finding the perfect shape? Or do you have any tips for our blushing brides-to-be? Let us know in the comments below.


About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as and Debenhams.


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