Body Shape Advice

Body Shape Advice for Brides

By making an informed wedding dress choice, we know our brides will feel comfortable, confident and happy on their wedding day.

Whatever your shape, we will help you find the perfect wedding dress to suit your figure. Being aware of your body shape, and what flatters it, will help you achieve the perfect fit. This will not only make you more comfortable, but will ensure you radiate confidence on your big day.  And we all know that a confident bride is a beautiful bride.

An hourglass figure is one where your top and bottom halves are perfectly balanced, with a very defined waist.
    Dress Dos:
            • Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it’s still best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best asset.
            • Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it’s still best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best asset.
            • Two-piece gowns will enhance an hourglass figure.
            • Hourglass figures also look great in corset dresses.
            • Sweetheart necklines and bodices emphasise a fuller bust.If you’re a bit more curvaceous, try a trumpet style dress.
            • A-line dresses with a dropped waist show off an hourglass bride's balanced figure.
    Dress Don’ts:
            • As your chest and hips are already balanced it’s best not to add weight to either half.  Avoid empire-line silhouettes and ball gowns.
Just like the fruit, you’re smaller on top than the bottom, with hips wider than your shoulders.
    Dress Dos:
                • Princess style dresses disguise fuller hips and put the focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust.
                • Strapless ball gowns work like princess dresses, emphasising all your best bits.
                • Empire line dresses are also a great choice, as they highlight the smallest part of your body.
    Dress Don'ts:
                • Avoid tiered, trumpet and mermaid style dresses which draw attention to your bottom.
                • Sheaths are also unflattering.
More voluptuous than most, apple shapes have full breasts, a bit of a tummy and a rounder bum and hips.
    Dress Dos:
                • An empire-line dress will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look.
                • A ball gown will cover up all those body areas you're not so keen on.
                • An A-line dress with a dropped waist looks great on everyone.
    Dress Don’ts:  
                • Princess-line and basque dresses draw too much attention to your middle.
                • A slip dress will make you look heavier.
                • Avoid spaghetti straps which can cut into your shoulders.
Short or tall, you have a ballerina’s figure, with an undefined waist.
    Dress Dos:
                    • A sheath will flatter your slender shape.
                    • Slim is one of the few shapes that can get away with a high neckline.
                    • A ball gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt will create the illusion of curves.
                    • Delicate embroidery and beading in the right places can also create a more curvy silhouette.
    Dress Don’ts:  
                    • Avoid portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines if your collarbone is too bony.
5’1” and under - you’ve got a tiny frame.
    Dress Dos:
                        • Simple is best. Clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure. A sheath is perfect.
                        • Narrow A-line dresses also work well for petite brides.
    Dress Don’ts:  
                        • Most silhouettes flatter your figure, but ballgowns and mermaid dress tend to overwhelm.
                        • A big, elaborate dress can look as if it’s wearing you.
For bustier ladies, particularly for those who feel self conscious
    Dress Dos:
                • Go for a scooped neckline (sweetheart, or curved) rather than straight across
                • A fuller skirt will help balance your bodyshape
    Dress Don’ts:
                • Avoid material with a sheen, like organza or satin as this will draw attention
                • Ruching on the bustline will add volume
Generally this applies to ladies 5'8"+ But this isn't a rule - its about how you feel at your height.
    Dress Dos:
      • Choose a simply silhouette
      • Go for designs that emphasize your natural shape
    Dress Don’ts:
      • Avoid lots of detail and embellishment


By providing ‘Body Shape Advice for Brides’ information, we hope to inspire you to try dresses that you may not have considered otherwise, in addition to those you may have already highlighted as favourites.  Our bridal consultants are happy to offer advice and guidance if requested.  Rest assured we are experienced in helping brides of all shapes to find the wedding dress of your dreams.

Remember, it’s your dress so it’s your choice.