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Fashion & Beauty

Best Dress Styles for Every Body Type

You’re preparing for your special day and one of the most important aspects of your wedding is your wedding dress. Looking for your wedding gown can be exciting and fun, but also a bit stressful. Finding the dress style that is perfect for you can be overwhelming and will make you ask yourself: “Where do I even start?” You can start by browsing dress styles that have caught your eye, but also keep in mind designs that will highlight and accentuate your body. Whether that be your long legs, your full curves, or your slender shoulders, highlighting your best features will leave you more confident on your wedding day. Knowing different dress styles will simplify the shopping process and put your mind at ease. It is your day and when you’re wearing the right dress you’ll feel comfortable, confident, and absolutely beautiful.

WEDDING DRESS STYLES FOR EVERY BODY TYPE

EMPIRE

The iconic, empire-style dress has been around for ages, and for good reason. The draped dress will hug you beneath your bustline to create more shape and highlight your waistline. This dress style is popular for women with pear-shaped bodies. However, for more straight or boxy-shaped bodies this dress can create the illusion of curves. 

TEA-LENGTH 

Tea-length styles are wedding dresses that are slightly longer than your calves. This style has been around since the 1920s and is a stylish alternative to a floor-length gown. Also, ideal for pear-shaped or triangle-shaped bodies to create a more slimming look. Tea-length dresses are perfect when you want to show off your wedding shoes and are looking for a more vintage look. 

A-LINE

A-line is a universally flattering style.  An A-line dress is known to have a fitted waistline and flared skirt which can be very versatile. Choose an a-line wedding dress with sleeves or even off-the-shoulder for a romantic, and ultra-feminine look. 

MINI

Long gowns aren’t your thing, but that’s okay. Mini dresses are a more modern style for a wedding and perfect for petite and lean body types. The leg-baring style elongates and will help create picture-perfect photos. Mini dresses are becoming more popular, not only for style but for comfort.   

TRUMPET

If you’re one for the dramatics, a trumpet dress style may be what your heart is looking for. A trumpet-style dress is a body-hugging style that flares at the thigh to elongate one’s legs and is ideal for a curvy body type. Trumpet dresses offer sexy silhouettes and are meant to highlight every curve. The dress will usually have a long train to make your entrance grand. 

BALL GOWN 

The ball gown is one of the most traditional wedding styles that can make you feel like absolute royalty. This dress style is identified with a fitted bodice and a layered, and long full skirt.  Being that it highlights the waistline and slenderizes the body, the ball gown is one of the most flattering wedding dress styles.

COLUMN 

If you want to show off the natural form of your body, a column dress can be the style you are looking for. This dress style can feel understated, but its simplicity is what makes it elegant. This dress type is very complimentary for slender body types with long torsos. Finding a column dress with a revealing back is another way to make the simple silhouette stand out even more. 

MERMAID

Very similar to a trumpet dress style, a mermaid wedding gown hugs all of your curves in the best way. The dress style hugs at the waistline, then at your knees and the long skirt drapes all the way down. Although this dress style is best for hourglass body shapes, if you don’t have a curvy body type, a mermaid dress can create them for you.

PANTS SUIT

A pants suit is not a dress style, but it is a fresh alternative to wearing a wedding gown. A pants suit can be favorable on any body type and provides comfort if you know you just don’t like wearing dresses. Choose a cropped or oversized blazer for a cutting-edge wedding look. 

Gown by Atelier Couture

Written By: Angela de Mesa

Photography By: Rachel Monteagudo Photography for Vows of Style

Empire Dress, Designed By: Alexandra Grecco

Tea Length Dress, Designed By: Halfpenny London

A-Line Dress, Designed By: Daalarna

Mini Dress,  Designed By: Theia

Trumpet Dress,  Designed By: Catherine Kowalski

Column Dress,  Designed By: Sophie et Voila

Mermaid Dress,  Designed By: Leah da Gloria

Pants Suit,  Designed By: The Law

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