The best gown for your body shape

When it comes to body figure, each bride brings a unique asset to the aisle. Maybe your asset is your hour glass curves, or perhaps you are petite and embrace your small bone structure. Regardless of your body shape, there is a gown out there that is the perfect fit for you.
Your wedding day is your day to shine. Constantly worrying about how you look in your dress will only damper the mood and add worry to an already stressful day. The bottom line is this: If you look in the mirror after putting on the gown (regardless of your height, shape or weight) and you aren't seeing the most radiant version of yourself, then it’s simply not your dream dress. Why is it important to be completely content with your gown? Beauty shines outwardly, from within. When a bride is confident in her gown, she glows from head to toe. Confidence is physically noticeable-- in fact, we smile wider when we are confident, hold our heads higher, and exhibit more positive body language than when we are not.

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Photo Credit: Traci Arney Photography 

The perfect dress should be one that you are hesitant to take off. As cliché as it sounds, this is your day to be the princess that you’ve always envisioned. Don’t settle for less!
Here are some wonderful tips on how to find your dream dress for your body type.

Though no two women may be exactly alike, there are certain body types that are flattered by specific styles of dresses. Typically, most women fall into one of four body shapes, which we have named:
The A Bride. Larger bust, smaller waist.
The B Bride. Smaller bust, larger waist.
The C Bride. Large/proportionate bust, large/proportionate waist.
The D Bride. Less curvy, same dimensions for bust and waist.
 Each body shape is complemented differently by the accentuation or distraction from certain assets, and some brides may not fall into any body shape category. (And that is completely okay!) Each woman is so incredibly unique in her shape and figure, thus these guidelines are simply to aid in your dress shopping process, even if they are not exact to your shape.  

Bride A

Bride A  has a fuller bust with thinner, shapelier legs. These women may have broader shoulders and narrower hips, with a smaller bottom. Empire waists flatter their shape, placing emphasis on the bust, while taking away from the sharp contrast of narrower hips. A fuller ball gown style dress will add balance to this bride's look. A deeper neckline will distract from the wider torso, and instead elongate it.

 See how the waistline draws in directly under the bust? Gowns such as these emphasize Bride A's assets and draw away from the sometimes rounder stomach or wider torso that this bride may have. Photo Credit:  Southern Bride

See how the waistline draws in directly under the bust? Gowns such as these emphasize Bride A's assets and draw away from the sometimes rounder stomach or wider torso that this bride may have.
Photo Credit: Southern Bride

Bride B

Bride B tends to be the exact opposite of bride A. She has wider hips, fuller thighs and legs, but a smaller bust, and midsection. Unlike bride A, this brides shape resembles a triangular proportion. Above the waist details demand attention to the smaller areas for this bride's body, while distracting from the large contrast of the small bust to wide hip ratio. Some bride's may want to accentuate their curvy waists, and in this case, a tighter fitting dress would be perfect as well. Embellished necklines and waistlines accentuate the slimmest part of her body. The sweetheart neckline can also create the illusion of a fuller bust. A-line gowns with simple detailing around the waist tend to best complement bride B.

 Notice how this gown stays fitted further below the bust, and then flares just before the hips? This can emphasize bride B's slim upper torso, while masking the wider hips, bottom, and legs. Photo Credit:  Divas Boutique & Bridal 

Notice how this gown stays fitted further below the bust, and then flares just before the hips? This can emphasize bride B's slim upper torso, while masking the wider hips, bottom, and legs.
Photo Credit: Divas Boutique & Bridal 

Bride C

This bride's shape is characterized by a full bust, full hips, and a narrow waist. Bride C benefits most when accentuating all of her curves, because it adds balance to the look. Tighter fitting dresses that break or flare after the hips accentuate the best part of this bride's body. Mermaid and trumpet style gowns allow a bold balance of assets for this bride. Bride C should avoid empire waists, as they will accentuate the bust but not the proportionate lower half of the body.

  Notice how this dress hugs the bride's curves, and then breaks just after the hips.   Photo Credit:  Divas Boutique and Bridal

Notice how this dress hugs the bride's curves, and then breaks just after the hips. 
Photo Credit: Divas Boutique and Bridal

 Photo Credit: Divas Boutique and Bridal

Photo Credit: Divas Boutique and Bridal

Bride D

Bride D's body is defined by the same ratio from shoulders to hips. This bride may tend to have hardly any definition of the waist, and will most often have a smaller bust. This bride's  body doesn't necessarily mean plus sized, or large, but instead it is a lack of curvature to the body. These brides have the option of creating the illusion of curves, and should draw the attention to the neckline and face with strapless or one shouldered dresses. Though finding the perfect balance is tricky, these brides can create the illusion of curves with an empire style waist, or distract from the lack of curves with a beautiful A-line gown.  Hem details can call attention further down, also distracting from the any upper details the bride may want to under emphasize. 

 This dress has beautiful details, yet a classic feel. The elegantly detailed empire waist creates the illusion of curves, but is balanced and proportionate.  Photo Credit:  Bridal Mart

This dress has beautiful details, yet a classic feel. The elegantly detailed empire waist creates the illusion of curves, but is balanced and proportionate. 
Photo Credit: Bridal Mart

Keep in mind...

You may not find the perfect dress for you hanging on a rack. Your dress should be tailored to fit your measurements, which should be taken closer to the actual date of the wedding. Things change, and in the stressful nature of planning a wedding, weight can be gained or lost incredibly quickly. Remember, regardless of your body shape, the most important component of your dress is that you feel completely comfortable when wearing it. The dress should hug your body in the right way, forgive the areas you may be insecure about, and most importantly, the dress should be the dress of your dreams.