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How to Pick the Best Wedding Dress for Your Shape

Bride holding her white bouquet of flowers

Choosing a wedding dress can be an exciting time, but it can also be difficult and confusing, especially when you first walk into a bridal shop and all you see before you is a sea of poofy white. Regardless of the overwhelming amount of styles available, there’s one dress there that’s just right for you, as long as you know which kind looks the best on your unique body. Here are some guidelines for choosing a dress:


Many women are larger on the bottom than on top. Look for dresses that minimize your hips and thighs, like a ball gown style or A-line dress. These styles will emphasize your smaller waist while downplaying your lower half with a full skirt.


If your body type is round on top with slender legs, look for a dress that cinches at the waist to create a more pronounced waistline. V-neck, sweetheart, and plunging necklines flatter apple shapes, since they draw attention upward to the decolletage and face.

Willowy with a Small Chest

No doubt you’ll look good in a variety of wedding dress styles, but if you’re looking to accentuate your bust, consider choosing a ruche bodice. A ruche provides plentiful fabric around the bust line, and if you couple that with a great bra, you’ll create the illusion of looking full on top. If you’re tall and willowy, stick with flowing fabrics with minimal frills.


Trumpet, mermaid, and sheath cuts all look amazing on petite frames, particularly if you’re petite and curvaceous. Skip the frills, ruffles, and froth, since they will overpower you and drown in you in an ocean of extra fabric.


Finding the perfect dress for your voluptuous frame is not as difficult as you might think. Empire waist, A-line, ball gown, and Princess cut dress styles all look amazing on full-figured ladies by emphasizing the bust line and waist while camouflaging the hips and thighs. If you’re on the fence about the strapless look, consider pairing your gown with a bolero jacket or wrap.

When in Doubt:

Empire waist cuts look good on just about every frame, regardless of whether the fabric is flowing, clingy, or more structured.

Congratulations on finding your perfect dress! Now for your next difficult decision: How to choose your wedding and reception location among a multitude of Miami wedding venues. Looking for an all-inclusive event space? Call Renaissance Event Venues today.