What is my body type? What type of modern wedding dress should I wear? We help you say yes to the dress with this guide to every silhouette!

We know that wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming. Walking into bridal boutiques in New York can be shocking, something every bride has dreamed of, but some dread the idea of choosing the wrong dress. This is not only an expensive and often, irreversible mistake, also, one they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The good news is, you can avoid such mistake by learning which styles flatter your body and accentuate your best assets.

How to identify your body type for modern bridal dresses

Dressing the right wedding gown enhances your best features and hides the less desirable ones. We know you can’t wait to try on every dress you can get your hands on, but wedding dresses are not like regular clothes, bridal dress are more fitted than regular dresses.

On the internet you will find tons of articles describing different methods to identify your body type to select the ideal modern wedding dress. Most of the tips work with three measurements: bust, waist and hips. You will also come across some other tips to figure out your body shape, placing it into different categories: pear, apple, hourglass, tall, slender, petite, busty, etc.

Once you have figured out your best assets, it will be easier to identify your perfect dress style. In other words, if you are conscious of your hips, try something that flares out from the waist. On the other hand, if you want to accentuate your waist and hips or create curviness, then the tight wedding dresses around the hips and thighs can create a curvier silhouette.

These are the most popular styles of modern wedding dresses

A-Line / Princess: This is a classic style; it is fitted around the bodice and flow out to the ground. This style is a good general option for almost any bride, so, if your goal is to slim your figure, the princess style is a great option, as it creates a slimming effect as the eye naturally focuses on the length of the bridal robe.

Empire: This style features a raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down. Empire dresses work well on most body types, but it is even more flattering for brides who are looking to enhance their bust. This style works great too for pear-shaped figures, as it hides the legs and hips, it also gives room in the stomach area, which makes it ideal for pregnant brides.


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Column / Sheath: This style is timeless; it has a narrow shape that flows straight down from top to bottom. Petite brides can look taller and longer in this style, but there is not much room for hiding problem areas, as it is not as forgiving as other styles.


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Ball gown: This kind of dress for wedding is perfect for big, traditional weddings, this is the style of dress that fairy tales are made of. This style is flattering for many brides, its cut is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt accentuates the waist and hide the lower body. Also, this style helps create the hourglass look because it emphasizes the waistline.


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Mermaid: This is a very sexy style that highlights the bride’s curves, it contours to the body from the chest to the knee and then flares out to them. Mermaid dresses can be found in different versions, from strapless, to halter or trumpet and even flamenco – sky is the limit!

We hope that now, after learning all these tips, searching for designer wedding dresses will be much easier, and if you visit us at any of our bridal boutiques NYC or at our bridal trunk shows, we are sure you will find the dress you have always dreamed of!