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When it’s finally time to start wedding dress shopping, you’ll likely already have a pretty long wish list about your dream gown. You may have visions in your head about fifty different styles that you love and can’t wait to try on. But if you narrow down your choices before shopping day, chances are you’ll have better luck finding the perfect fit.

One way to narrow down your style options is to choose silhouettes that highlight your best assets and features, and conceal others that you may find less favorable. In other words, you’ll want to limit your options by thinking about the best wedding dresses for your body type.

Below we’ve outlined a few silhouettes that flatter specific body types. But remember, many of us don’t fit squarely into one category. So let this help you narrow down your choices and guide you on your journey to find the perfect dress!

Petite Body Types

If you have a petite frame, it’s important to avoid choosing dresses that will overwhelm it. For example, you may want to stay away from big, poofy ball gowns and stick to more structured, simple styles instead.

A v-neckline can help elongate your frame, and an empire waistline can help create the illusion of longer legs. That doesn’t mean that dropped-waist or mermaid silhouettes are off limits. Just try to find ones that offer a slim fit and more structural design rather than wide, billowing ones. For petite brides, simple can be stunning.

Curvy Body Types

Brides who want to celebrate their curves have lots of gorgeous wedding dress options. If you want to avoid wearing a strapless bra and show off your voluptuous shape, consider a scoop neckline. Basque waistlines are perfect for enhancing hourglass figures, or you can opt for strategic draping to add a little drama and define your curves.

If you’re searching for a gown that will have a slimming effect, look for design details that draw the eye inward. A cummerbund-style waist line or dark colored sash can give the illusion of a smaller frame. Or you can pair an empire waistline with a beautiful, full skirt to make your waist look narrower.

Lean-and-Straight Body Types

Women with lean, straight bodies also have a lot of options to choose from. If you’re hoping to create the illusion of curves, there are several tricks to help you achieve the look you want. For example, voluminous peplum skirts are a great option to create the illusion of wider hips. Bodycon style dresses and contouring seams can also help you create curves.

If you want to accentuate your statuesque frame, go for sheath-style gowns. You can show off your long legs by finding a dress with a slit in the skirt, or you can go for a more modest look by pairing a high neckline with a full, A-line skirt. Over-the-top ball gowns are even an option for your body type as they won’t overwhelm your figure.

If you’d like help narrowing down the perfect wedding dresses for your body type, please visit us at DownTown Gowns. Our assistants will help you choose a gown that allows you to embrace your beautiful shape and feel confident for your big day. We can’t wait to meet you!