The question has been popped, and now let the wedding planning begin! No matter the style of your wedding, a great dress is key to making the look come together. Before looking at which shapes and lengths work for your figure, there are some key factors that go into picking your dress?

Factors to Consider Before Picking Your Dress

  • Time of Year: Do you want to be a winter bride, or is an outdoor summer affair more your style? This will help narrow down the type of fabric and length you should look for.
  • Theme: Is your wedding centered around a particular theme? Such as western, classic, vintage, or something more unique. Think about how the dress will fit into that.
  • Budget: How much can you afford to spend on your dress? Consider the additional costs associated with tailoring and accessories that go along with the dress you select.
  • Location: The location of your wedding will also dictate the type of dress you choose. Is it a beach, outdoor garden, or traditional church setting?

Which dress shapes work for your figure?

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Once you’ve considered the factors listed above, it is time to look at the shapes and lengths of dresses that will flatter your figure. Here are some of the most popular shapes and lengths:

  • A-Line Dress: An A-line dress flatters most body types because it cinches in at the waist and flows out from there. This is a good choice for those with larger hips, as the skirt will skim over them.
  • Empire Waist Dress: An empire waist dress will draw attention to your shoulders and de-emphasize your hips. This is an ideal option for petite brides, as the long line of the skirt helps create an excellent length. Along with this, it’s perfect for those who have an hourglass figure or want to make the illusion of one.
  • Mermaid Dress: Mermaid dresses are fabulous for women who have an hourglass shape and want to show off their curves. The skirt starts at the waist and flares out at the knees. This is not recommended for petite brides, as the length and silhouette can overwhelm them.
  • Ball Gown: A ball gown is perfect for traditional, romantic weddings and will flatter most body types. It typically has a fitted bodice with a full skirt that flares out from the waistline. This style is ideal for those who want to create the illusion of curves, such as an inverted triangle or rectangles body shape.
  • Sheath:  A Sheath dress is a great option for petite brides, as it will elongate the body. It’s also perfect for those who have an hourglass shape and want to show off their curves. The skirt of this style falls straight down from the waist and doesn’t flare out at all.

In the end, it’s crucial you feel beautiful! Consider not only the style of your dress that suits you but also the fabric and details. Experiment with different silhouettes to find which works best for your body type. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! Shopping for a wedding dress is an exciting time and is meant to be enjoyed.