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How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type & Shape: Figure Flattery

By March 31, 2016 No Comments

Here is the revisited, revised version of some of our best advice on how to find the best wedding dress for your body type. It has been one of our most popular articles since we posted it back in August 2012 and we thought with the recent launch of our latest collection, now would be a good time to revisit it using more up-to-date examples and styles!

Strictly Bridal believes “today’s bride” is really varied and thus you must consider all the factors that encompass the “Australian” woman!  When designing we take into consideration different body shapes, heights, backgrounds and sizes and design a variety of styles to suit. Ultimately we want to highlight and accentuate each individual bride’s body so she feels her best on her big day. Finding the right wedding dress is probably one of the most crucial things for any bride-to-be. To find a gown with the perfect fit, it’s essential to choose one which suits your body shape and flatters your figure. This will not only make you more comfortable, but you’ll also look and feel more beautiful. Below we have outlined a selection of Strictly Bridal wedding dress styles and the designs best to suit your shape.

Body Types


Body Shapes

Celebrity Examples

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Hourglass figure:

An hourglass figure is, in short, where your top and bottom halves are perfectly balanced, with a very defined waist. Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it is still a good idea to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best assets and will enhance that hourglass figure. As your chest and hips are already balanced it’s best not to add weight to either half, so avoid empire-line silhouettes and ball gowns. 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 mermaid or trumpet style dress. An A-line dress with a dropped waist will also show off an hourglass bride’s balanced figure.

Triangle shape:

If you are a triangle shape, you are wider on the top of your body with hips narrower than your shoulders. A v-neck dress works well to cover up wider shoulders, however puffed sleeves will draw attention to your shoulders, as will halter and off the shoulder necklines. You can narrow wide shoulders with thick straps. Sleeves are also great for covering wider shoulders and are perfect for winter weddings. Interesting details, such as embroidery and bows, around the middle and bottom of your dress forces the eye downwards. Scoop necklines can also work well on triangles. If you want to avoid drawing attention to an ample bosom, steer clear of embroidery and lapels around the neckline.

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Apple shape:

More voluptuous than most, apple shapes have full breasts, a bit of a tummy and a rounder bum and hips. An empire-line dress will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look. Stay away from Princess-line and basque dresses they draw too much attention to your middle as well as sheath dresses, spaghetti straps may cut into your shoulders. An A-line dress with a dropped waist looks great on an apple body type.

Pear shapes:

Just like the fruit, you’re smaller on top than the bottom, with hips wider than your shoulders. Princess style dresses disguise fuller hips and put the focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust. Avoid tiered, trumpet and mermaid style dresses which draw attention to your bottom. Sheaths can at times be unflattering. Strapless ball gowns work like princess dresses, emphasising all your best bits. Empire line dresses work well as they highlight the smallest part of your body.

Slim brides (Lean Column): 

Short or tall, you have a ballerina’s figure with an undefined waist. A sheath gown will flatter your slender shape however avoid portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines if your collarbone is a little bony. Also fitted gowns with a high neckline look amazing on this shape.


5’1” and under you’ve got a tiny frame. Simple is best, clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure. A sheath, is perfect. 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. Narrow A-line dresses works well for petite brides.

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Tall brides:

The height of a catwalk model, you tower above your friends. Tall brides can carry off almost any dress style. Just pick the best for you. Stay away from empire line dresses, which risk looking almost tent like on willowy frames. Mermaid style gowns are ideal for tall brides.

We wrote this post with all you brides-to-be in mind who are looking for help with how to find the best wedding dress for your body type. Hopefully our little guide can give you some helpful pointers and maybe teach you something you didn’t already know or hadn’t considered.

If you need any further help with anything bridal, whether it be choosing the right wedding dress or dresses for your bridesmaids, feel free to contact us anytime. With over 20 years experience we’re sure to able to give you some useful pointers 🙂 x

Author Strictly Bridal

Our founder and designer Ann Wilson creates high-end luxurious runway looks that cater to all styles and preferences. Each gown is personally designed in Australia by Ann herself, and through her clever design and sharp cutting each has the signature 'Ann Wilson perfect fit'. She ensures only the highest quality fabrics and materials are used, coupled with superior construction and carefully hand-sewn embellishments.

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