When shopping for a wedding dress, knowing your body shape, your basic dress silhouettes, and understanding how their fit flatters your figure will help. Whether you’re an hourglass, inverted triangle, pear, or rectangle we’ve got the right dress for your body type. Finding the best dress for your shape is about knowing what flatters your body best, accentuating your best assets, and hiding the areas you’re conscious of.

The Hourglass

Hips and shoulders are similar in size with a well-defined waist. Take full advantage of your proportioned shape and show off your curves. Flattering styles for this body shape include Sheath, Mermaid, Trumpet, and A-Line. It is best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist and enhances your best assets. Showcase your defined waistline with accents such as jeweled or ribbon sash. Avoid empire-line dresses as they won’t show your defined waistline.

The Inverted Triangle

This shape is defined by wide shoulders and narrow hips. It is important to choose a dress that will balance your lower body with your upper body. Flattering styles for this body shape include A-Lines and Ball Gowns. You can narrow your wide shoulders with sleeves and medium-low necklines.

The Pear

Your bottom half is heavier than your top. For a more proportioned look try Empire-Line, A-Line, or Ball Gowns which highlight the smallest part of your body.  Princess style dresses disguise your wider hips while placing focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust. Avoid dresses such as Mermaid and Trumpets which draw attention to your bottom.

The Rectangle

Commonly known as the athletic type, your shoulders and hips are about the same size with no definition at the waist. Create an illusion of curves by defining a waistline. Styles that flatter this shape include Empire-Line, Ball Gown, and Mermaid with an accent at the waist. Avoid Column dresses as they will make you look boxy.

Janet Bravo

Bridal Consultant & Blogger