Photo Credit:  Athens, GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Regardless of who you are, every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. One of the most important factors regarding looking your best is finding the perfect wedding dress for your style and body type. The fashion industry today offers every type of wedding dress you could dream of which can be good and bad. With endless wedding dress choices, this can put stress on the modern bride by presenting challenges of where to begin the search for the perfect dress. The most important part of finding a beautiful wedding dress is figuring out the best silhouette or dress type for your body. If you are unsure of what your dress type is, this post will explore different wedding dress styles that are perfect for all body types!

For the Boyish Figure:

For the woman with a boyish figure, the goal is to give the look of a curvier body if you have a straight waist or broad shoulders. The best option for this type of figure is a ball gown-style wedding dress. The full skirt will give the illusion of a curvier body while making you feel like a princess on your big day. With the ball gown, there are many options to choose from based on the top of your dress such as a strapless gown, off the shoulder sleeves, or even embellishments. The skirt has lots of options as well!

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For the Hourglass Figure:

A great choice for women with an hourglass figure is a dress with a mermaid silhouette. The mermaid silhouette accentuates the natural curve of the waist and hugs the hips and legs in all the right places to show off a beautiful hourglass figure in the best way. The bottom of this dress flares out to create a feminine look that will balance out the curves of your body and have you looking your best on your big day!

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For the Petite Figure:

If you happen to have a petite body type, look for a simple, sleek wedding dress. Adding too much material or embellishments to a dress can swallow a petite body instead of flattering it. A basic sheath dress can add length to your body and make you appear taller than you are. This type of dress is also quite flattering on a slim body type.


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For the Plus-sized Figure:

For the woman with a plus-sized figure, go for an empire waist silhouette. On an empire waist dress, the skirt begins right under the bust which flatters the waist and lower body. If you are looking for a dress with an empire waist, be wary of certain materials and the gathering of fabric because this can cause the dress to have the look of maternity wear.

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For ANY Figure:

One silhouette that will flatter almost any body type is the basic A-line wedding dress. The A-line dress is fitted at the top with a skirt that flows out from the waist. This makes almost any woman’s waist look incredibly small, and who wouldn’t want that?

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The most important thing to remember about wedding dress shopping is that it takes time! Be sure to try several different styles to find the best one for your body type and don’t be afraid to ask for help from experienced bridal shop employees. Always remember, however you decide to go about your wedding dress search, the perfect dress is out there waiting for you!  


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