Wedding Dresses For Every Body Shape

Wedding is on the cards? Well, if so make sure to pick the best you can and when it comes to wedding dress, don't make the mistake of buying the wrong wedding dress for your body shape.

Remember long back the days when we totally stressed out about finding the right prom dress? Little did we know that the stress of wedding dress shopping is like prom dress shopping on crack — it comes with pressure from family and friends, all kinds of crazy emotions, and don't even get us started on the nightmare that is budgetary constraints. But we're here to tell you that a lot of this chaos can be eliminated with a little bit of homework about what wedding gown styles are right for your body type.

A-Line Gowns

An A-line dress is great for brides with small busts and slimming larger hips. Additionally, the dress is not so huge as to be uncomfortable or a burden on a warm day or at an outside wedding. Generally, these A-line gowns flare out gently from the shoulder creating a subtle A shape, enhancing your breasts and diminishing your back.

Looks good on: Almost all shapes.

Looks bad on: Some A-lines have a very fitted top, which will not be comfortable for everyone — especially those with bigger busts.

Ball Gowns

Ball gowns are wonderful for formal weddings, however, they are best to enhance your upper body and most of the wedding dress designers recommend to avoid a ball gown with extensive ribbing for a warm weather wedding as the heat can make everything swell and be uncomfortable. Usually, ball gowns are well described as a fitted bodice with a full, bell-shaped, floor-length skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.

Looks good on: These look good on tall brides or with boyish figure, so that the fuller will make them look more curvier.

Looks bad on: Shorter brides can get overwhelmed by the full skirt. If you're a shorter bride and you have your heart set on a ball gown, make sure to get it altered to fit you. You’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.

Ballerina Gowns

Ballerina gowns are fantastic for gals with incredible legs. Fitted bodice, full, bell-shaped skirt that hits mid calf — a less formal style, making it easy and comfortable for dancing all night long.

Looks best on: Shorter women with stellar calves and women with broad shoulders. The full skirt will work to balance your upper and lower body for a proportional appearance.

Looks bad on: If you have thick ankles or calves, avoid this style. Taller brides might also find this style to fit them awkwardly.

Mermaid Gowns

As the name suggests, the shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee just like a mermaid. If you have a body like mermaid, ensure you pick mermaid gown for your wedding.

Looks best on: Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.

Looks bad on: If you know you don’t want something tight; this style is constricting

Column Gowns

This form fitting style follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. It’s also referred to as a sheath.

Looks best on: Petite women, since this slim shape adds length. This silhouette also looks great on brides with sleek figures.

Looks bad on: If you’re pear-shaped (when you’re small on top but more rounded on the bottom). This silhouette will make you look unbalanced.

Drop Waist Gowns 

This silhouette is exactly as you would imagine—it drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area.

Looks best on: Brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape, since it hugs your waist and hips.

Looks bad on: If you have a boxy figure—it might make you look like you have less curves.

Trumpet Gowns 

A straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape.

Looks best on: Curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.

Looks bad on: If you’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape or if you have an apple or boxy body type.


By now, you must have got an idea about the perfect wedding dress for your body type. Well, this is such an irony of brides-to-be to choose the right type of bridalwear that will suit their body type. If you have any suggestions, do comment below. 

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