(Closed) Best dresses for different body types?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
15 posts

A-lines typically work for everyone, but it’s all about confidence and personal taste! Just be true to yourself, try on a few different types and pick what you love and feel good in!

Post # 3
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

i am definately someone who wont be doing the sweetheart neckline, cuz its been used so much and well i really dont have the boobies to pull that off! LOL

Post # 4
2507 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m a true pear, and I found alines and ballgowns to work bests, especially if they have an interesting neckline and/or detail on the top.  

I found mermaids and trumpets to make me look like I gained 50 pounds, but there are pairs out there that love showing off their large hips.   Sheaths are supposed to be another shape to avoid- and I didn’t dislike them on me.  

Hour glasses look good in any shape.  

Post # 5
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

im a cross between hourglass and pear. (big boobs but narrow shoulders). sheaths with a sleeve to balance me out worked well.

Post # 7
242 posts
Helper bee

I wanted to find something very unique and different from every other dress Ive seen. I am 5’4″, a size 12-14 and will probably buy a strapless, sweetheart, a line lace dress. I’m going back on Monday to make the purchase. You really HAVE to try on a lot of things. I did ballgowns, dropped waist, mermaid, and some of those were really great. The dropped waist surprised me the most. OH, and corset back is amazing. It gave me a waist!!!!

Post # 8
1316 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

laschai: Depends what you’re rocking and how confident you are. Sometimes I worry that ‘dress for your shape’ advice is all about masking our natural shapes. 


Pear – A-line so no one can tell how bottom heavy you are… Also sewn in cups/padding and a sweetheart neckline for ‘balance’. Don’t wear mermaid or fit and flare as they will emphasise your hips.

Good advice if you want to look like you’re an hour glass. However….maybe you like your hips. Maybe you aren’t trying to hide them. Take it all with a grain of salt. 

Post # 9
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

a lines looked absolutely awful on me. i should post a photo for the laugh.

Post # 10
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

AddieNicole:  i love you, you are awesome!

Did u get the dress?!?!!?!?

Post # 12
2785 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I find most of those guides for what you should and shouldn’t wear overly simplistic, and sometimes they contradict each other.

To me it’s not just about body shape but also hip-to-waist ratio, whether you’re short or long waisted, the shape of the thighs/hips, how tall you are and whether you are skinny or plus sized. I tend to prefer the Trinny and Susannah body types, because they are more detailed, but unfortunately they have not done any guidelines for wedding dresses (there’s a market there ladies – not that they’re reading this!)

Like a lot of dress guides will say that pear shapes should wear ballgowns and a-lines and avoid mermaids and fitted dresses, but I’ve seen a lot of pear girls rock a mermaid. In fact I think that style ONLY looks good on girls with curves of some kind.

Also I disagree that a-lines are flattering on everyone. I’ve seen some a-lines on hourglass girls and they can just swallow them up. But I will agree that a-lines are best if you are apple or rectangular shaped.

I neve really thought of them as rules, but thinking about it I guess this is what I think works:

  • Short-waisted – drop waist ballgowns/a-lines, fit and flare, mermaid
  • Long-waisted – natural waist ballgowns/a-lines, trumpet, gentle fit and flare
  • Pear shapes with defined waist, rounded hips, rounded bum – mermaid, trumpet, fit and flare. Can also wear ballgowns and a-lines.
  • Pear shapes with less defined waist, larger thighs, flat bum – trumpet that flares from upper thigh, drop waist a-line, fit and flare, a-line, ballgown. Can consider off-the-shoulder neckline, bateau neck or cap sleeves to add width and balance at top half. 
  • Hourglass – mermaid/trumpet/fit and flare. Ballgowns. Can wear a-lines but only if drop-waist or fitted/gathered across hips. 
  • Petite – Styles without too much poof, no horizonal lines or styles that cut the body in two. Best silhouettes are a-line, trumpet, gentle mermaids, sheaths. Can wear ballgowns if they are not too poofy and if they have vertical lines to them (i.e. simple tulle, satin or net ballgowns).
  • Curvier & plus size girls – Still follow the guidelines above but generally look for dresses with more structure, heavier fabrics, ruching.
  • “Lean column”/skinny girls with no curves – All styles suitable except mermaids and overly fitted styles. Look for lighter, flowing fabrics such as tulle, chiffon, organza. Can rock really light flowy styles such as Jenny Packham. Can wear backless dresses and plunging necklines.
  • Rectangle/brick/apple shaped – a-line or ballgown with a-line skirt. Those without prominent stomachs can also wear trumpet and modified a-line.
  • Top heavy/busty – fuller skirts (aline/ballgown/fit and flare) to balance out top half. Soft sweetheart, dipped and not-too-plunging v-neck necklines. 
  • Small bust – higher necklines (bateau/illusion/one shoulder), plunging necklines (halter, deep v-neck), backless dresses. 
Post # 13
2514 posts
Sugar bee

I think, considering you’re 15, you’ll most like have a different body shape when you get married in 9 years.

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