Wedding dress shopping can be downright miserable, especially if you’re unaware of what style to look for.
You may have ripped out page after page of a certain dress you’ve been crushing on, but if it doesn’t accentuate your bod, it’s definitely not a winner. Why on earth would you want to pay all that money on something that doesn’t make you look like a million bucks? If you have a large bust, that sweetheart dress you’ve been eyeing is not a flattering choice. And if you have a gorgeous hourglass shape, it’s time to show off those sexy curves.
In order to help you look hot on your wedding day, we’ve compiled a handy guide on how to pick the perfect wedding dress for your body type.
If you’re petite: Search for a style with a waistline that’s above your natural waist. This will make you appear to look longer, and will draw attention vertically. Just don’t pick anything with gaudy bows or intricate detailing, as it will cut you off.
Editor’s pick: Ann Taylor Gemstone Yoke Trumpet Gown ($895)
If you have a large bust:
Opt for a dress that has a scoop neck, as it will tastefully display your chest area without revealing too much. And if you’re keen on a strapless style, look for one with a sweetheart neckline or cowl neck. And never choose a gown that’s straight across your bust, as it will make the girls appear even larger than normal.
Editor’s pick: Badgley Mischka Collection Sleeveless Embroidered Gown ($1,155)
If you’re pear-shaped: An A-line skirt that gradually flares out from the natural waist to the floor is your best bet. It will highlight the most narrow part of your midsection, while also steering clear from your hips and thighs. And always opt for thicker fabrics that won’t cling to your body.
Editor’s pick: BHLDN Titania Gown ($1,000 down from $2,200)
If you’re plus-sized: An empire style gown that has an A-line skirt is a super flattering option and will flatter your curvy figure. Just make sure the dress isn’t too loose, as it will make you look frumpy. And steer clear from pleated fabric as well, as it will also make you appear larger.
Editor’s pick: David’s Bridal Cap Sleeve Lace Over Satin Gown with Illusion Back ($849)