Hi, lovelies! Are you having trouble picking the right dress, perhaps even the right style? We’re here to help! We’ve teamed up with David’s Bridal to show you how to choose a wedding dress for your body type. We’ll share different wedding dress silhouettes and our top picks for wedding dresses in the very same silhouette from David’s Bridal. They offer so many styles, sizes, and prices — you’re going to love what we’ve found. Read on to find your perfect fit!
How to Choose a Wedding Dress for Your Body Type
If you’re wondering how to choose a wedding dress for your body type, it is helpful to see silhouettes for guidance. There are five most popular wedding dress silhouettes you may or may not be familiar with. We’ll share all five with you today: ball gown, sheath, mermaid, a-line, and short. We’re sharing the general shape of the dress, what to look for, examples of wedding dresses, and some pro tips from the experts at David’s Bridal. Enjoy!
1. Ball Gown
A ball gown is the most regal dress silhouette and reminds us of a fairy tale wedding. It features a slim-cut bodice, which trims your waist, and has a full bell shape. Layers of fabric seem to “float” down the aisle.
PRO TIP: David’s Bridal tells us, “This classic wedding dress shape is a love note to tradition. Brides of all body types adore ball gowns because the contrast between the voluminous skirt and the close-cut bodice draws attention to the narrowest point of your waistline. Thanks to its pouf, a ball gown silhouette can help balance a fuller bustline.”
A sheath wedding dress has a cut that follows your body’s natural shape. It offers a sleek design with long straight lines that seem to have a lengthening effect.
PRO TIP: David’s Bridal tells us, “Some sheath gowns fit like a slip dress, closely tracing your body’s outline, while others drape a little straighter, like a column. Both are good choices for petite brides, or those wary of being overwhelmed by lots of fabric. A sheath wedding dress is an excellent fit for a less formal or beach celebration.”
A mermaid wedding dress silhouette amplifies curves. Its elongated bodice hugs your body to below the hips. It features a signature skirt that flares out at mid-thigh or at the knees and emphasizes an hourglass shape.
PRO TIP: David’s Bridal tells us, “The mermaid (or trumpet) is a sophisticated look for brides who crave a little drama. The skirt’s trademark flare can be narrow or wide, sleek or ruffled—and each gives your dress a different twist. Brides with curves love mermaid gowns, but this silhouette maximizes the va-va-voom effect on straighter figures, too.”
An A-Line silhouette has subtle and balanced lines, which looks flattering on every bride. It features a fitted bodice to highlight your narrowest point. The skirt flares out gradually in the shape of an A.
PRO TIP: David’s Bridal tells us, “The art of an A-line is in the proportions. Its gracefully sloped skirt skims over your hips and balances the bodice for a look that’s neither top- nor bottom-heavy. The silhouette’s universal appeal makes the A-line an ideal starting point if you’re not sure which silhouette to try on first.”
A short wedding dress can be knee-length, tea-length, or in-between. This leg-baring style is great for showing off a gorgeous pair of shoes. This wedding dress style is best for city hall weddings, casual weddings, or even as reception dresses.
PRO TIP: David’s Bridal tells us, “A short wedding dress is best for a daytime, destination, or less formal wedding ceremony. Short wedding dresses are ideal for anyone who wants to make a modern statement.”
So, what wedding dress style will you choose? For my wedding, I opted for a mermaid style and I loved it! If I had to choose again, it would be mermaid all over again! If you want to see more wedding dresses, visit David’s Bridal collection and be sure to schedule an appointment. I’ve been to David’s Bridal locations many times and scheduling an appointment is a great way to get one-on-one service. You’ll be able to try on different wedding dress silhouettes and get feedback on which style fits your body type best.
Before you go… we hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you decide how to choose a wedding dress for your body type. Please leave any comments or questions below. We’d love to hear which wedding dress silhouette is your favorite, too!
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with David’s Bridal.