Q&A: What style of dress will most flatter each figure type? - Bridal Style - Wedding Planning

Wedding Registry

for guests

Going to a wedding? Find a couple's gift registry and wedding website with one easy search.

Search >

for couples

Customize your registry profile
Create a registry at top retailers
Consult your registry checklist
Give back with a charity registry


Unique Wedding Ideas – Weekly!

Don’t forget any of the details for a perfect wedding day. Sign up now.

Please fill out all fields!


Photo Credits:
Dress -- Geoff White Photographers
Shoes -- Red Loft Studios
Bridal Accessories -- Geoff White Photographers
Designer Spotlight –- Tat Leong and Luke Walker
Ribbon Detail -- Faith West Photography
Diamond Necklace -- Geoff White Photographers

What Style of Wedding Dress Will Most Flatter Each Figure Type?


The style of your wedding gown should be one that complements your body type and makes you feel like a queen when slipping it on. This is our list of the most popular wedding dress shapes.

A-line: This gently flared gown offers a slim shape with a gradually widened hem. This silhouette is considered flattering on all body types.

Ball gown: With a fitted, corset-type bodice and a dramatically full skirt, this gown might feature a natural, basque, or dropped waistline. It’s a great way to disguise the hips, buttocks, or legs and to highlight your upper body.

Empire: The upper body is the spotlight with this high-waisted silhouette, which features a snug fit around your bosom and a skirt that cascades into a gentle column. This is usually a long, slim gown with a variety of necklines. It can be sleeveless, or with capped or short sleeves. This style is great for medium to large busts and a less-than-perfect waistline.

Mermaid or Trumpet: This body-hugging sheath flares at or below the knee to create a fluttering hemline. The hemline ranges from a gentle flare to one that's much more dramatic. This style can complement curvy body shapes.

Sheath: Simple and sophisticated, this minimalist style usually follows the body’s curves from top to bottom. Some sheaths are bias-cut, which causes them to cling. This is a perfect wedding dress for a well-toned body.

See More: Fashion , Gowns