Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Most of us are so excited to start the wedding gown selection process. We’ve dreamed of trying on dresses our whole lives, but can’t necessarily translate the fantasy into reality. How do you choose the right wedding dress for your body type? If you can put aside your preconceived notions about style or fabric in favor of these tried-and-true tips, you will end up with the dress of your dreams. We know we’ve got something to offer to everyone at Mori Lee, so let’s get started.

If you’re concerned about your tummy or hips, the A-line is made for you. This is a dress that typically has its narrowest point directly below the bust. It flows out from there, smoothing over the waist and hips with a bit of extra fabric. This cut of dress is a classic with staying power – so not only will you feel great, but your wedding photos will be timeless! While many curvy women self-consciously try to cover up, we recommend on your Big Day that you show a little skin. Features that are slimming include short sleeves, ruching (just a little!), scoop necks and deep v-necks. If you’re choosing the right wedding dress for your body type and you’re fuller figured, focus on enhancing what you have, not trying to hide it.

When you’re petite, choosing the right wedding dress for your body type means picking a gown to wear, not that will wear you. Make more of less and avoid unbelted, straight dresses, like sheaths. Look to the “princess cut” with a fitted top and skirt that either gathers or flares at the waist. You will truly look like a Cinderella. Want more height? Look for tiered dresses. Halters add length to your torso, as well. And if you’re still wanting a little extra height, a dress like #6701 from our Voyage collection has just the right vertical enhancement. The raised hem in the front, flowing to a longer train-effect in the back adds dimension and height.

Are you pear-shaped? This is the most common figure type among women. Remember when choosing the right wedding dress for your body type, a figure that is wider at the bottom is flattered by focusing attention on the upper body. Show-off your arms, back and bust-line. Cap sleeves? Wonderful! Spaghetti straps? Great choices! Halter? Be careful in that section. There are some styles that may flatter, but it’s important to draw the eye upward and out. You, too, will find great choices among the A-lines, but also consider corseting or a wedding gown with straps across the back. Drawing the attention to the back and finishing with a full skirt, will look amazing on a pear-shaped body type.

For those who have a larger bust, we suggest a modified off-the-shoulder style like #3052 in our Julietta collection. This kind of style provides extra support and minimizes the bust line to draw attention away to your other assets. For busty ladies, when choosing the right wedding dress for your body type, you may feel compelled to go strapless, but be careful to pick a dress constructed with the proper support. The benefit of an off-the-shoulder sleeve is that it has a similar style to strapless and will help draw the eye out and emphasize your wonderful shoulders and neck, while still providing support. And when you have a larger bosom, do keep your skirt narrow. A full skirt will visually “fill out the picture,” making you look larger on bottom as well as up above. You’re the fortunate woman who can wear a sheath like Style #6503 from our Voyage collection.

When choosing the right wedding dress for your body type, remember, there’s an exception to every rule. If you truly love something on the hanger, take a moment to try it on. At Mori Lee, we know that every bride is exceptional in her own way.