What's Your Shape?
Find the fit that will flatter your figure.
When choosing a wedding dress, it’s important to find a shape that properly accentuates your figure. Some silhouettes are extremely versatile, while others are less forgiving when it comes to hiding problem areas. Here are some popular styles and suggestions for finding the most figure-flattering dress:
DEEP-V BALL GOWN
The quintessential dress with fitted bodice and full skirt fits many shapes. Corset style accentuates bust, though large cups should be careful with a deep V.
V-NECK EMPIRE DRESS
An extremely versatile style for most shapes. Modestly covers larger busts and draws attention to the neckline. The high waist flatters fuller figures.
Ideal for all brides, especially plus-size as it elongates and creates a slimming effect. It also creates the illusion of curves on narrow frames, with a cinched waist.
Though most flattering for tall, hourglass or slender brides, this wrap-style dress with sweetheart neckline can hide a few problem areas and create curves.
Fitted at the waist and flaring from the knee, this body-hugging design is ideal for tall, slender brides or voluptuous brides wanting to show every curve.
Versatile yet ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures. A drop waist and full skirt elongate the torso and accentuate the waist. Topped with a sweetheart neckline, it creates an hourglass look.
A timeless classic best suited for elongating petite and small-framed brides who can be overwhelmed by big ball gowns. Slip styles are also unforgiving with problem areas.
EMPIRE WAIST DRESS
The most forgiving style, especially for pear-shaped figures. A flowing shape creates balance and disguises unwanted areas like fuller hips, a long torso or short legs.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Laura Pruett of Laura Arts & Design (lauraartsanddesign.com) recreates custom, one-of-a-kind paintings or sketches of brides’ wedding dresses.