Bridal style: Pick the right dress for your shape

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Make wedding dress shopping easy by opting for a gown that flatters your figure and sits perfectly on your frame…


Women with an hourglass shape have hips and shoulder similar in size with a nipped in, well-defined waist.

Your dress prescription:

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●  Mermaid style gowns – Great for ultra-curvaceous girls, the mermaid gown plays up your figure in all the right places. Very Jessica Rabbit!

●  A-line gowns – A great streamlined option to balance your figure.

● Sweetheart necklines – One of the most flattering necklines for showing off your assets.


Many women who are rectangular shaped often mistake their body type as hourglass. However, while your waist will be smaller than your hips and shoulders, there’s much less of a difference than with an hourglass figure. Instead you’ll have a much straighter shape.

Your dress prescription:

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● Sheath gowns – Think lightweight materials and boho. This style of gown can create those curves you’re after.

●  A-line gowns – The A-line gown is another great option for creating an hourglass shape.

●  High necklines – If you’re a slim rectangle, high necklines offer a unique option for your wedding gown.

Triangle – otherwise known as Pear

Just like a pear you’re smaller on the top than the bottom. Your hips are wider than your shoulders and you tend to carry more of your weight on your bottom half.

Your dress prescription:

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●  Princess ball gowns – Emphasise all your best bits with a sculpted, figure-hugging corset.

●  Empire line gowns – This style of dress emphasises your tiny waist and flatters your whole figure.

Inverted Triangle

 If you have slim thighs, but a slighter larger upper body, your figure can be described as an inverted triangle. Any easy way to assess whether you’re this shape is to see if your shoulders are broader than your hips.

Your dress prescription:

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●  Mermaid style gowns – Balance out your shape with a mermaid style gown that provides a flattering counterpoint to wide shoulders.

●  Short gowns – Show off your slim pins and balance out your figure with a 50s style short dress.


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Although not traditionally a body type, it’s important to take into account your height, as well as your frame. While most styles suit tall brides, they’re best off avoiding empire line dresses.


If you’re 5’ 3” or under, you’re traditionally classed as petite. Even more so than tall women, petite girls need to make sure they choose the right style of gown – many may swamp them.

Your dress prescription:

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●  Sheath gowns – The simple cut of a sheath gown will elongate your figure without overwhelming it.

●  A-line gowns – A-line gowns also add height and shape to a petite bride.

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