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How To Choose Your Dream Wedding Dress

How To Choose Your Dream Wedding Dress

All eyes on you – this dress is one of the most important dresses you will ever wear! With more and more brides choosing their own unique wedding outfit, whether it is a gown or two piece, it is probably going to be the most important dress you’ll ever buy (or have bought for you!), so we understand that you want it to be perfect.

When picking your wedding outfit, you’ll need to think about the style you’d like, but also the style that will suit you, including the time of year and the colour.

In this particular article, we will be looking at wedding dresses and how you can choose which style will be more suited to you, if you are looking to give the illusion of a balanced and proportionate body shape.

Any good wedding dress shop will be able to help you with this, but below we’ve outlined some of the things you should think about when choosing your dress, including some of the most common body shapes and what would best suit them.

Body Types

- Hourglass

If your body is shaped like an hourglass then most designs will suit you. An hourglass body shape is where both the shoulders and the hips are in proportion to each other, and you have a defined waist.

When looking for styles, try to find something that will emphasise your waist, by fitting to the shape of your body.

- Rectangular

With a rectangular body shape the shoulders and hips are normally in proportion to each other, but you may have a small torso, meaning that your waist is not as defined.

If you are looking to show off your waist, you may wish to look for dresses that have beading in the middle, and/or have the design under the bust starting at the outer edges and meeting in the middle. This will give the illusion of a smaller waist.

- Oval

If you have an oval body shape, naturally your shape falls wider in your middle area than perhaps you are in your shoulders and hips.

If you are looking to even out the appearance of your figure, you may therefore wish to look for a dress that falls softly and less structured over your torso. An empire line dress, which pulls in just below the bust, might be your ideal dress style.

- Triangle

If your body shape is more triangular, this is usually because you will have naturally more narrow shoulders and wider hips.

A dress that puts more emphasis on the top, as opposed to the bottom may be the best style to suit you, as dresses that have details at the top will draw attention upwards, which can look beautiful on a triangular body shape. You may also want to consider an A-line shape at the bottom.

- Inverted Triangle

If you have an inverted triangle figure, this is the opposite to the triangular shape explained above. Naturally, you will have wider shoulders than you do hips. You may therefore want to draw attention downwards, or away from the shoulders to give the illusion of a more proportionate figure.

A V-shaped top can help to draw attention downwards. You may also want to avoid narrow straps and halter necks, as this can make your shoulders look wider. If you have broad shoulders then you may also want to avoid a strapless dress, and instead look at adding a detail cap sleeve dress or wider straps.

Time of Year

When choosing your perfect wedding dress, you should also think about the time of year you are getting married. If you are getting married during the winter months, you may wish to add a shawl or a bolero to your outfit.

If you are getting married during the summer months then a dress that is lighter may be more sensible so you don’t get too hot. This should also be considered if you are getting married abroad.


Colour is another element to consider, and there is quite often a debate about whether to go for white or ivory.

If you like to add a twist onto the traditional gown, more and more bridal companies are adding a range of colours to their collections from black, to red, to blush!

A growing trend is adding a splash of an alternative colour to your gown, such as a black ribbon belt, or a grey diamante belt added to the centre of your dress.

Your skin tone can help you to make a decision on which colour would be best suited to you. If you’re going for a traditional colour, then you could try ivory, white, or even off-white.

Other things to consider

Can you dance?

When trying on your wedding gown, take a minute to dance around in a circle, throw your hands in the air and grab someone who is with you to stand up and have a dance with you. You’ll soon know whether your dress will be fit for a bride, and a dancing queen!

Be open minded!

When trying on dresses, try on as much as you can. Often a style you didn’t think you’d like will really suit you; or the dress that looks terrible on the hanger can look absolutely gorgeous on.

Don't be too hasty!

If you think you have found your dream dress in the first store you visit, hold back. You may find that a few months down the line you are worried that you didn’t keep your options open, or you're starting to think ‘what if there was another dress I liked more?’

Before committing to your dream dress in the first store, continue to try on more dresses, and see what’s out there. If you find that in boutique number 4, you still can’t take your mind off of the first dress you fell in love with. At least you can then have peace of mind knowing that you have found your dream dress and nothing else can beat it!

Have fun and make a day of it!

Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most fun parts of the wedding planning process, so, most of all, just have fun and enjoy the process! Take along your bridesmaids, or your close friends and family and make a day of it. A morning of wedding dress shopping followed by a boozy brunch and catch up with the girls? Count us in.