the right dress for your body

Finding the right style of dress to best flatter your body is pretty important. We all have different bodies and they’re all beautiful – but let’s face it – certain things look better on certain people! Audrey of FromWhite was sweet enough to custom draw these wedding dresses for us in the five most popular styles: mermaid, sheath, empire, a-line, and ball gown! Discover the right wedding dress style for your body!

So which type of dress is best for you? Let’s find out:

triangleInverted triangle: Mermaid and trumpet-shaped gowns are best for those of us with wide shoulders (this is me – I’ve got coat hangers for shoulders from a lifetime of competitive swimming). These gowns are narrow through the waist and then flare out at the bottom.

The miracle that this style of wedding dress provides is that it visually evens you out. Meaning: your shoulders will look more proportional to the rest of you because of the wide bottom of the dress. Mermaid and trumpet gowns also provide the illusion of a glamorous hourglass figure!

pearPear: If you’re a pear shape then you carry most of your weight below the waist.  The most figure flattering gowns for pear shapes draws attention to the upper portion of your body.

The best dress choice for you is an a-line gown because it skims the bottom portion of your body without adding any bulk to your shape. These gowns will keep everyone’s eyes on your slim upper body, give your waistline beautiful definition, and hide your thighs and butt. Be sure to look for a-line gowns made from stiffer fabrics to avoid any unwanted cling.

hourglassHourglass: Hourglasses have an equal hip and shoulder width and a narrow waist. Body confident hourglass brides should definitely go for the fit and flare mermaid style gown. This will show off your gorgeous curves in the best possible way!

Less body confident hourglass shaped ladies can opt for a ball gown. These gowns will still show off your waistline and look great with your body type! Avoid adding frills to the neckline or too much detailing across the bust because this will make you look out of balance.

appleApple: Apple shaped girls are rounder around the middle and lead down to slimmer legs. If you’re a delicious apple the two best bridal wedding dress styles for you are a-line and ball gown. Both of these styles will slenderize your figure by giving you a little more definition at your waist.

If you’ve got great legs another lovely option is a tea length gown! Avoid bows and sashes around your waistline. A monochromatic dress is also a good idea since it will give the illusion of length.

squareSquare: Square shaped brides look fantastic in empire and sheath gowns. The trick though with an empire gown is that it has to fit just right. If you get one that is too billowy or too loose you’ll end up looking heavier than you are. If you’re a square that needs a little more waist definition definitely go with a sheath over the empire. If you’re a really thin square opt for a frilly sheath to add some mass!


I’d like to give a big mahalo to Audrey of FromWhite. She creates the most beautiful wedding dress drawings (a fabulous way to immortalize your gown) and I’m so thankful that she contributed this custom artwork to this post!

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Beautiful drawings and valuable information! So helpful to better understand the reasons behind what shapes work and why! (And I’m an inverted triangle, too!)

  2. Haha…I love that description of your shoulders being clothes hangers, my friends tell me that all the time. Skinny with broad shoulders 😉

    Great post…and I love the little illustrations, so cute!

  3. Great tips 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful illustrations and great info!

  5. Great article, a must read for every bride. Love it!

  6. good post and really relevant for all brides 🙂

  7. Margaret Woodward says

    I have a petite build with narrow shoulders large bust small highwaist big tummy and hips


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