3 Tips On Finding a Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

by Katherine Callaghan

Let’s be real: when you type in “best wedding dress for body type” into Google, you’re faced with millions (yes, millions!) of results. That means millions of articles, images, and infographics for brides to figure out their body type and what kind of dress will best suit their needs.

Instead of reading yet another guide on what kind of dress will work with your body, we created a guide on how to address those common wedding dress problems. Want to hide your belly? Maybe make your arms a look more toned? Keep scrolling for our tips!

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If you’d like to look taller

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If you’re a petite bride (or if you’d just like to add a couple of inches without forcing yourself into a pair of ultra-high heels) opt for a figure-hugging gown! It won’t make you look like a cupcake or overwhelm your frame, which is a huge plus.

Our pick: Try the Emilia gown by Adrianna Papell Platinum! The off-the-shoulder style lends a bit of sex appeal, while the sheath silhouette skims your curves without clinging in an unflattering way.

If you’re trying to hide your tummy

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If the idea of wearing a form-fitting gown over your stomach is the stuff of your worst nightmares, we get it. Instead of opting for a trumpet or a sheath, which are usually unforgiving when it comes to a bit of belly jiggle, stick to an A-line style that accentuates your waist. No need to go for the poofiest skirt or the most layers — just some cinching at the waist will do.

Our pick: A V-neck paired with a nipped in waist is always going to be flattering. Try Allure Bridals 9459, which checks both boxes.

If you’re trying to look curvier

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While you might often be told to opt for the most figure-hugging dress you can get your hands on, try going for a dress that offers plenty of volume, instead. A dress with a voluminous skirt (think ballgown) will define your waist and fit well around your bodice while giving you plenty of movement around your legs and hips.

Our pick: The sweetheart neckline of the Casablanca Hyndrangea gown creates the illusion of a fuller bust, while the ribbon at the waist looks extra sleek. The tulle skirt, however, is what makes this gown such a standout.