A Simple Guide to Dress Shapes
Did you know that there are a number of different dress styles to choose from that will flatter different body shapes?
Have a think about what you consider to be your best and worst features, and try on one dress of each shape to make sure you are the getting the most flattering option for you.
A word of caution - don't try to be too trendy with your wedding dress - it may look dated in your wedding photos by next year.
Use this quick and easy guide to help you decide.
Princess or A-Line
This cut is narrow at the top, cut close to the ribcage, and extends out down the body in the shape of an elongated triangle. Sometimes a hoop is worn underneath the skirt to hold the shape out. Without a hoop, a slightly slimmer silhouette can be achieved. This dress shape draws attention to your shoulders and bust area.
Think Audrey Hepburn or Jennifer Lopez.
The ball gown is a classic shape with a fitted bodice and very full skirt. Imagine Disney's Cinderella and you're on the right track. This suits a range of figures, from those who are tall and slim to the more curvaceous types. If you are pear-shaped, this will help disguise larger hips and bums. Very petite brides need to select gowns in this style very carefully or they might end being swamped.
Think Victoria Beckham, Grace Kelly, or Jordan.
A modern, glamorous take on the traditional wedding gown, the sheath dress is characterized by a simple straight shape that closely follows the curves of the body.
This dress is perfect on slim women, of any height, and is great for showing off good shoulders and arms.
Think Marilyn Monroe or Jessica Rabbit.
Similar to the Column dress but even more figure-hugging, a fishtail gown is characterized by a fitted bodice that flares dramatically at or below the knee. It is designed to show off a woman's curves. This is also ideal for petite brides as it will not overwhelm their size.
Think Sophie Wessex or Anne Heche.
With a high-waisted seam just below the bust, and a flowing straight skirt, this is a very elegant shape. It is generally a leaner silhouette than the Princess or A-line styles.
This shape flatters most heights and body shapes, and is ideal for brides with smaller busts as it creates an illusion of cleavage. It can also lengthen shorter brides.
Think Liv Tyler or Kate Winslet.