The Best Wedding-Dress Style for Every Body Type

Let’s face the reality: No bride will look amazing in every single style of wedding dress. It’s just not how the world (or wedding dresses) works. For as many body types as there are out there, there are silhouettes and details to complement them. Here, we break down the best wedding-dress styles by body type, to ensure you’re feeling your most confident and beautiful on your big day! Plus, this should help you narrow down all of the options once you start dress shopping (trust us, there are a ton of options).

Your Shape: Apple

A deep-V neckline cuts into your midsection, making it look slimmer. Plus, it pulls eyes up toward your décolletage.

Your Shape: Pear

A corset bodice draws attention to your narrow waist, and a skirt that’s fuller or in a structured fabric will help balance out your bottom half.

Your Shape: Petite

A trumpet or modified A-line with a raised waist is super elongating. Just be wary of excessive layers and ruffles, which can bury a slight build.

Your Shape: Tall

Play to your height with a minimalist, linear look, and go easy on the embellishment, as it can be too much on a longer frame.

Your Shape: Athletic

Add curves to your hard-won angles with a body-con fit-and-flare design in a gathered, fluid fabric.

Your Shape: Hourglass

Any waist-cinching silhouette will suit your enviable assets. Look for a sweetheart neckline, which mimics your curves.

For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, which hits newsstands on May 5 and is available for download here!

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