Choosing the best wedding dress to wear on your wedding day is what most women dream of their whole lives. A wedding day is a memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is vital to look fabulous on that particular day to create the best memories with friends and family and, most importantly, your soulmate. 

If you want to know which bridal dress would be suitable for your body shape, read this beneficial blog.

But first, let’s take a brief look at how you can find your body type. 

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How to Discover Your Body Type? 

Considering your body type is essential when selecting not only wedding dresses but also other dresses. If you search online, you will find many ways to determine your body shape, but a practical way is an accurate measurement of 4 parts of your body to choose the perfect wedding dress. 

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How to Measure Yourself Accurately?

You should measure four parts: shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. 

Here is how to do each measurement: 

  1. Shoulders: This measurement defines the total tape length from one shoulder edge to the same point all around you.
  2. Burst: It means measurement across your fullest bust part while holding the tape taut. 
  3. Waist: Use a tape measure to go around your body along with the narrowest part of your waist. 
  4. Hips: You should take below your hip bone and then find the circumference of this area. 

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Perfect Wedding Dresses According to Your Body Type

After measuring your body and figuring out your type

After measuring your body and figuring out your type, now is a great time to know the best bridal dresses based on each body silhouette.

There are various body shapes, but the most common types are: 

  1. Rectangle
  2. Hourglass
  3. Inverted Triangle (Apple-Shape)
  4. Triangle (Pear-Shape)
  5. Petite
  6. Curvy & Plus Size
  7. Straight Body Shape

1- Rectangle Body Type

When you have equal measurements from your bust, waist, and hips, it is more likely to be in body tape called rectangle or square. In this case, you need a silhouette that shows the curves you have. A sheath style can be perfect for you as it’s not too tight; this dress will indicate more curves. But consider adding a belt or waistband to helps you improve this style.

Sheath Dress

The sheath, which is sometimes known as a “column wedding dress,” has a long, slim silhouette that highlights your body’s natural shape.  This wedding dress is often elegant and straightforward, allowing you to pay attention to your jewelry, hair, or other various features of the dress. 

So if you’re looking to find a modern and comfortable dress, this is a great choice. Moreover, this slim shape causes you to look taller. This dress type also looks excellent on taller brides.

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2- Hourglass 

If you have an hourglass shape, your hips and bust sizes are equal, but you have a defined waist. In other words, if you have a wide bust, narrow waist, and hips that are in a similar width to your shoulders, you have an hourglass figure. This body type is for women with a very full, curvy silhouette and a small waist. An hourglass is the most comfortable body type to work with as it allows you to choose any kind of neckline. The dreamy wedding dress for these women can be a mermaid or trumpet.

Mermaid Dress

The silhouette shows a slim and curve-hugging skirt that shapes the body from the chest to the knee and is flared thereon. The style emphasizes the waist and hips rather than narrowing them. 

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Trumpet Dress

The trumpet dress is always confused with a mermaid. But a trumpet dress has a straight-lined skirt, which then cuts in at the knees before creating the tight flared skirt. A trumpet dress shows your bust and hips. Indeed, the trumpet is a more toned-down version of a mermaid dress.

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3-Inverted Triangle (Apple-Shape)

First of all, inverted triangle and apple shapes are somewhat the same. Both figures define broader shoulders, but apple shapes focus a little more than triangles in their midsection. This body shape is called apple because it is for women with a top-heavy body type or a large bust. If you have large breasts, the key is selecting the right neckline for your wedding dress. 

Avoid wearing skinny straps, and choose modesty lace or lace to draw attention away from your breasts. The ideal bridal dresses for these types are A-line and ball gowns. 


An A-line dress hugs the waist area, flattering the bust while creating a slimmer waistline. It makes a bride look taller with its overall slimming effect. It is the perfect look for adding lace, beads, and other details, or even leave it as its modern and minimal figure.

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Ball Gown

The silhouette emphasizes the waist and even hides the lower body. The ball gown dress is timeless and worthy of creating a fairy tale. This wedding dress style includes a slim-cut bodice and a bell-shaped skirt. So, if you desire to have a fairytale wedding, a ball gown is perfect for you. 

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 4-Triangle (Pear-Shape)

If both your shoulders and bust are narrower than your hips, you have a pear or triangle shape. This wedding dress type is for women with small breasts who have to try this style with details such as sleeves, an interesting neckline, beading, or lace to create more of that hourglass shape. 

The perfect dress for brides with a pear shape is the asymmetrical types. These dresses have more emphasis and form one part than the other. Therefore, e an a-line or ball gown style that emphasizes your small waist and bust but does not stick to your hips is the best choice. And also, keep in mind not to choose mermaid or tiered gowns as they highlight your bottoms.
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5- Petite

Women with petite shapes are those who are shorter than average and have a narrow and small body. In this case, it is better to avoid dresses that are too detailed but choose simple, fitted dresses. A trumpet style, column dress, or one with an empire waistline will create the best illustration of you as a petite body shape.


Empire wedding dress is famous for its bodice and waistline, suitable for the natural waist, and loosely fitted skirt. Therefore, if you want to highlight the bust and minimize the hips and stomach curves, the empire makes you look fantastic. Moreover, brides with a long and lean body love this look.

6- Curvy & Plus Size 

If you are a plus-size body, two choices can be great for you, showing off your curves or selecting a dress that creates a slim look. A-Line and ball gown silhouettes are attractive options for this figure as they highlight your waist as well as hiding your hips. Also, do not forget one-shoulder or V-neck styles, which both are supportive and flattering. 

7- Straight Body Shape

Straight body types define a sleek figure. In other words, shoulders, waist, and hips are all the same width. So, it would be best to create volume at the bust and the hips. 

A sheath silhouette will enhance natural shape as it hugs in all the right places; therefore, it is one of the best wedding dresses for this body type since. Accessories from crystal-embellished sash to the simple ribbon can transform this bridal look completely. 

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In Conclusion: 

There you go! Perfect wedding dresses for seven common body types.

But you should also know, we did not say you cannot go for other types just because here it said they wouldn’t suit your body shape.

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