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Guide: Finding the Ideal Wedding Dress Fit for Your Body Type

Everybody is different, and so is every body. Finding a dress that feels like the perfect fit is a mix of style, silhouette, and you. Designers have created beautiful options for every bride and every bride's body! With that in mind, let's explore the silhouettes, waistlines, and back types that are ideal for every body type.

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Apple

An apple-shaped body is widest at the waist with narrower shoulders and hips.

What to Look For

Silhouette

  • A-Line
  • Ballgown

Back

  • Closed Back
  • U Back
  • Open Back
  • Cross Back

Neckline

  • V Neck
  • Sweetheart

Sleeves

  • Sleeveless
  • Cap Sleeves
  • Flutter Sleeves
Wedding dress recommendations for pear bodies

Pear

A pear-shaped body’s widest point is at the hips, with a defined waist and slightly broader shoulders.

What to Look For

Silhouette

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Ballgowns

Back

  • V Back
  • Bare Back
  • Cross Back

Neckline

  • V Neck
  • Queen Anne 
  • Sweetheart
  • One Shoulder
  • Portrait

Sleeves

  • Sleeveless
  • Cap Sleeves
  • Flutter sleeves

Wedding dress recommendations for athletic bodies

Athletic

An athletic body is the least curvy, with the hips, waist, and shoulders coming to approximately the same width.

What to Look For

Silhouette

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Mermaid
  • Column

Back

  • U Back
  • Bare Back
  • Cross back

Neckline

  • High Neck
  • Sweetheart
  • V Neck
  • Scoop Neck

Sleeves

  • Sleeveless
  • Long sleeves
  • ¾ Length Sleeves

Wedding dress recommendations for Hourglass bodies

Hourglass

An Hourglass body has a narrow, defined waist, with hips and shoulders at nearly equal widths.

What to Look For

Silhouette

  • A-Line
  • Mermaid
  • Trumpet
  • Column

Back

  • Bare Back
  • Cross Back
  • U Back
  • V Back
  • Full Back

Neckline

  • Scoop Neck
  • V Neck
  • Sweetheart
  • Queen Anne
  • Portrait

Sleeves

  • Sleeveless
  • Flutter Sleeves
  • Cap Sleeves
  • Long Sleeves
  • ¾ Length Sleeves

Wedding dress recommendations for Triangle bodies

Inverted Triangle

An inverted triangle body type has broad shoulders, narrow hips, and mild waist definition.

What to Look For

Silhouette

  • A-Line
  • Ballgown
  • Mermaid
  • Trumpet

Back

  • U Back
  • Bare Back
  • Full Back

Neckline

  • Sweetheart
  • V Neck

Sleeves

  • Sleeveless
  • Poet Sleeves
  • Long Sleeves

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