Finding the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Bride In Her Wedding Dress

Embracing your body type is key to finding the perfect frock for your wedding. Let’s look at some of the common wedding dress silhouettes with the body types they go best with.

Sheath or Column

The sheath or column cut follows the body’s natural silhouette. From neckline to hem, it flows straight down. This silhouette is ideal for those who are petite or have a banana type frame. This cut is not recommended for pear-shaped types as it can look unbalanced.


The mermaid dress has made a stunning comeback and can be seen in the likes of St. Patrick Studio's wedding dresses. This cut hugs the body from bust to knee and flares out. They give a very flattering look to hourglasses and slim types but are not ideal for apple types or those who prefer a gown that allows flowing movements.


Like the mermaid cut, the trumpet hugs the bust, waist and hips but flares out starting from the middle of the thigh area. This silhouette is great for curvy brides who want a formfitting dress that allows them to move. It is not recommended, however, for brides who have a boxy or apple body type or brides who are conscious of their shape.

The A-line

The classic A-line gown is great for all body types. It’s narrow at the top, with its fitted bodice, and then expands out to the ground from the waist, resembling the letter ‘A’. This creates a simple elegant look. It may not be the best choice for those after a sexier look on their wedding day.

Ball gown

With its fitted bodice and full skirt, the ball gown is the perfect dress for fairytale weddings. This silhouette is great for most body types, but is best for boyish figures as the dress gives a curvier look. The ball gown is not recommended for petite brides, however, as the amount of material looks unflattering on their small frame.

The perfect dress awaits every bride. As the bride-to-be, you have every right to look your best. Just take your body type and dress's cut into consideration and you’ll be off to a great start.