What Body Shape Am I?

What Body Shape Am I?

Finding the right wedding dress is crucial to any bride – to – be and it can prove to be quite impossible.  Often, brides are not sure which type of dress they are looking for because they don’t know their own body shape.  The dream looking dress may not feel so dreamy once you have been hoisted in to it.  To get a dress that is comfortable but also makes you look and feel fabulous is the key here.  Take your time, try on as many dresses as you like and do not feel rushed.  However frustrating it may be just remember the dress is a huge element of the wedding, some may argue that its more important than the groom!  It’s essential to choose a dress that suits your body shape and flatters your figure, rather than one that looks nice but when worn, makes you look like you are wearing a tea cosy.


An hourglass figure is one where your top and bottom halves are perfectly balanced, with a very defined waist.  This body shape is often seen as a shape that can pull off anything but it’s always best to pick something that will properly accentuate your waist.  As your chest and hips are already balanced, its best not to add weight to either half.  This body shape suits two piece gowns, corsets and mermaid dresses but avoid ball gowns.  To show off a fuller bust, go for a sweetheart neckline.  If you have curves to die for, show them off in a trumpet style dress.


If you have a triangle body shape, this means you are wider on the top of your body with hips narrower than your shoulders.  Avoid puffed sleeves, halternecks and off-the-shoulder dresses as these will only emphasise your shoulders.  Also, steer clear of lapels and embroidering around the neckline if you want to avoid drawing attention to an amble bosom.  A V-neck dress works well to cover up wider shoulders – the thicker the straps, the narrower your shoulders.  Sleeves are great for covering up shoulders and bingo – wings and are ideal if you are having a winter wedding.  If you don’t like the thought of straps or sleeves, you can always keep your shoulders bare and add a crazy large bow around the waist to draw attention away from your top half.


An apple body shape is when you are lucky enough to have full breasts, a bit of tummy and a rounder bum and hips.  If you are not comfortable having your Beyonce bum on show in front of close family and friends, ball gowns will help you cover up those areas you are not so keen on.  An empire line dress will make you look slimmer around the tummy but avoid princess – line and basque dresses as these will just make you feel frumpy.


A pear body shape is…well we all know what a pear looks like.  You have hips wider than your shoulders.  Avoid trumpet and mermaid style dresses as these will only make your bum feel bigger.  Strapless ball gowns and princess-line dresses will cover up your waist and accentuate your body and bust.

Slim Figure

If you are small or tall and have a figure that has an undefined waist, an elegant sheath will flatter your slender shape.  Also, this is one shape where you can pull off a high neckline.  To give the illusion of curves, try a ball gown with a fitted bodice and a full skirt.  Avoid off-the-shoulder and halterneck dresses if you have bony collarbones.


By petite were talking under 5’2″.  Simple narrow A-line dresses and sheaths work best to elongate your figure.  And although silhouette dresses may usually suit your figure, when it comes to wedding dresses a large elaborate dress like a mermaid dress will just look silly.


Tall brides can pull off nearly every dress style as you are the height of a catwalk model.  Take your pick of dresses as you will look fabulous either way.

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