Balance your proportions with the perfect gown for your body shape

Every bride wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day, so choosing the right style gown will emphasise your good points and draw attention away from the parts you don’t love as much. Your main aim should be to try balance out your proportions visually. This can be done by being aware of your body shape and choosing the right combination of style, fabrics and detailing. Keep an open mind when starting your bridal journey as something you would have never considered, might just surprise you.

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Apple Shaped

Brides of this body shape tend to feel a bit self-conscious about their mid-section, so dresses with an A-line or empire waistline are ideal choices to ease over this problem area and elongate the silhouette. A V-neck or flattering sweetheart neckline draws attention upwards and pleating, ruching and detailing will create the illusion of a shaped waistline.

Plus sized

A-line, Ball gowns and Empire waist silhouettes are most flattering for brides opting for plus sized dresses and gowns with a corset back will allow you to shape your waist beautifully. You might think that pleating and ruching will add bulkiness to your body shape, but in reality you’ll find the opposite to be true. Diagonal pleats and ruching allows the eye to run vertically across the body and creates the perfect slimming and elongated effect.

Pear shaped

Pear shaped figures commonly have more fullness around the lower half of their bodies compared to their bust and shoulders which appear much smaller. Flattering silhouettes include A-line, Ball Gowns or dropped waist gowns that start to flare just as your hips are visible, whereas mermaid or trumpet gowns accentuate the curves beautifully. Balance the fullness of the lower body with a one shoulder, V-neck, Bateau or scoop necklines.


Busty brides should stay away from straight necklines and illustrious fabrics such as organza, satin or silk as they make the bust appear larger. Rather opt for a sweetheart or flattering scooped neckline. A dress with the proper support and correct fit can easily help you appear two cup sizes smaller, whereas the wrong fit can create the opposite effect.


Most silhouettes flatter a tall figure, but the elegance Grecian- style gown will accentuate your long legs or a gorgeous high-waist ball gown will make a statement. A trumpet or mermaid silhouette will accentuate your curves beautifully, whereas a simpler silhouette such as a sheath or column silhouette will flow softly over your curves.


For petite shapes a modified A-line gown where the waistline fits just above the natural waist will make the lower half of the dress appear longer and the bride taller. Keep detailing small and simple (avoid large bows or flowers) and concentrate your detailing on the bodice in order to guide the eye upward. Be wary of heavy fabrics that overwhelm your small frame and especially stay clear of bal gowns as petite brides can easily appear overwhelmed by a voluminous skirt

Small chested

Detailing such as ruching, lace, beading and three dimensional elements over the bust area will help create the illusion of fullness. Having a small chest does have its advantages though! Slim brides who are small chested are at an advantage when it comes to be able to wear slinkier or low backed dresses that provide no support for the bust.


Bias cut dresses work beautifully on a straighter figure as the way the fabric tends to cling to and hug the body helps to create curves. Vintage, blouson styles can also help to create shape by contrasting volume on the body with a sheath-like skirt. A belt or detailing in the waist, or even a separate bodice and skirt can help to give a more cinched-in look and the illusion of a waist.