The Definitive Guide to Your Wedding Dress Body Type

by BridalPulse

If you’re newly engaged, chances are you’ve been dreaming about your perfect wedding dress for as long as you can remember. Dress shopping is exciting, both for you and for the friends and family you choose to bring with you! At the same time, though, it can be a little overwhelming. There are so many terms attached to wedding dresses that most people don’t hear from day to day–what is a “princess seam”? Who looks good in a mermaid dress, anyway? With so many silhouettes, materials, and beyond, there’s a huge variety of dresses out there, and you may not know where to begin!

To make shopping easier and take some of the stress out of the wedding process, BridalPulse is bringing you a crucial foundation to finding your dream wedding dress. Knowing your general body type will help you understand what silhouette flatters it (but that’s for later) and help you decide how to accentuate the features you love (and hide the ones you don’t!).

Below is an introduction to the five main body types. Generally, you can figure out which one you most closely resemble by taking a quick glance in a mirror, but for the more precise dress-hunters out there, you can also rely on three measurements to help you. Using a measuring tape, find your bust measurement by wrapping the tape around the fullest point of your bust. Wrap the tape around the smallest point of your torso for your waist measurement, and over the widest point of your hips for your hip measurement. For all three measurements, make sure the tape is lying straight across your body and not to pull the tape too tight!

Guide to finding your wedding dress Body Type - Figure Flattering 1. Hourglass

The hourglass body shape is curvy in the bust and bottom with a small, defined waist. In measurements, your bust and your hips will typically be close in number, with a smaller waist measurement by 7 inches or more. Look for a gown that will enhance your natural curves and show off your trim mid-section.

2. Pear

The pear body shape is characterized by having full hips, a defined waist, and a small bust. Your top half is small and your shoulders are narrower than your hips. While your waist measurement is still the smallest of the three, your hip measurement will be the largest of the three by a larger margin. Look for a gown that adds definition to your upper body and shows off your small waist.

3. Apple

Apples are usually well proportioned by having smaller shoulders and hips, but tend to carry their weight around their midsection. Also called Barrel, Oval, or Diamond, the waist measurement for an Apple shape will be the largest of the three measurements. Look for a dress that comes in at the smallest point on the waistline, and then flares out in an A shape.

4. Rectangle

A rectangle body shape is characterized by having a bust and hips that are basically the same measurement. There is very little waist definition. There can be some confusion as to the difference between an hourglass shape and a rectangle shape. Usually, those with balanced bust and hip measurements and a waist measurement smaller than the two by a margin of 6 inches or less fall into the category of a rectangular figure. Look for a dress that will create curves and add definition to your chest and waist.

5. Inverted Triangle

As the name describes, those with inverted triangle figures have wide shoulders and a large bust, tapering into a smaller waist and narrow hips. This will be reflected in your measurements, with the bust typically being the largest of the three measurements. Look for a dress with an A-line; the flare of the skirt will balance out your top half with your bottom half and will create the look of a small waist and bigger hips.

Remember, these figures are just a guideline, and most people won’t fit perfectly into one category or another. So if you can’t figure out where you fall, or if you don’t agree with what people generally hide or accentuate, don’t fret! This list is intended to help you get started in your search. In the end the final say belongs to you, and any dress that makes you feel beautiful is “the one”.

Stay tuned for our next article, where we will be discussing the best dress choices for each body shape!