Wedding Dresses to Suit Your Body Shape: Find Your Figure-Flattering Gown

With years of experience and hundreds of happy brides, the Bridal Indulgence team loves matching brides like you with the perfect, figure-flattering wedding dresses.

Wedding dresses to suit your body shape

Finding a flattering dress means discovering the perfect wedding dresses to suit your body shape. So, whether you’re a ‘pear-shaped’ bride or you carry any excess weight around your tummy, these top tips from Bridal Indulgence will be sure to help you find wedding dresses to suit your body shape. 

The recently married Bridal Indulgence owner Kerri felt a lot of pressure when choosing her gown, read about Kerri’s wedding dress shopping experience.  

Willowby wedding dresses to suit your body shape

Wedding Dresses for Brides with a ‘Straight’/Athletic Body Type

Brides with a more athletic body shape generally get a larger selection of dresses, so, if you have a slim figure with a less defined waist and curves, have a look at both slim-line dresses and the fuller styles to find the perfect wedding dresses to suit your body shape.

Bohemian bridal gown at Bridal Indulgence

Rowena by Wtoo is a fuller style that looks great on the athletic body shape. Here’s how Bridal Indulgence bride Kimberly wore Rowena on her big day. 

Dresses with full skirts enhance brides’ hips whilst waist belts create a defined waist. If you’re hoping to make the most of your bust, try a sweetheart neckline and go for lots of embellishments to draw attention to this area.

Boho strapless wedding dress Bridal Indulgence

Lupine by Willowby ticks all the boxes for brides with ‘straight’ body types. Bridal Indulgence Bride Jo looked stunning in her Lupine gown

If you’re an athletic bride, we’d recommend you avoid strapless dresses when looking for wedding dresses to suit your body shape, as these will often extenuate your shoulders.

Wedding dress with sleeves Bridal Indulgence

The sleeves on Anastasia by Wtoo make this one of the best wedding dresses for brides with athletic body shapes. Check out how Bridal Indulgence bride Elle styled her Anastasia gown

Wedding Dresses for the ‘Pear’ Body Shape

If you have wide hips, a small waist and narrow shoulders, it’s likely you have a ‘pear-shaped’ figure.

Whilst ‘pear-shaped’ women might really struggle to find that perfect pair of jeans, we’re happy to reassure you that searching for a wedding dresses to suit your body shape shouldn’t be as painful.

Embrace your curves and opt for a fitted dress that will show off your small waist. We’d suggest avoiding loosely-fitted wedding dresses as these often make brides with ‘pear-shaped’ bodies look bigger than they actually are.

Boho wedding dresses Bridal Indulgence

The Vendela by Watters looks great on our brides with ‘pear’ body shapes. 

‘Apple-Shaped’ Brides

‘Apple’ body types usually carry a little weight around the tummy and have a fuller breast. If this sounds familiar then you should consider the following:

V-necks and sweetheart necklines will emphasise your bust and an empire waist will add definition. When searching for the perfect wedding dress to suit your body shape, remember that straps or even sleeves will support a larger bust.

Tulle summer wedding dress

If you fall in this category, Philomina by Willowby is one of the best wedding dresses to suit your body shape. See how stunning real bride Jo looked when wearing Philomena by Willowby for her Swedish wedding. 

Wedding Dresses for Your ‘Hourglass’ Body Shape

Brides with ‘hourglass’ body shapes include a defined waist and shoulders and hips of a similar width. If you’re this shape, try fitted bodices with more relaxed skirts.

Strapless wedding dress with red belt

Geranium by Willowby flatters ‘hourglass’ body shapes perfectly.

Embrace your curves with a corset dress, dresses with sweetheart necklines and opt for a flattering A-line skirt or a trumpet-style dress.

Bridal separates at Bridal Indulgence

Bridal separates like Amora and Lanikai by Willowby look simply stunning on an ‘hourglass’ body shape too.

If you love the relaxed elements of bridal separates, you’ll love our edit of the best bohemian wedding dresses

Dresses for Tall Brides

Tall brides look gorgeous in many different styles of wedding dresses, so finding the perfect wedding dress to suit your body shape shouldn’t be too much hassle.

Elegant, long, fit and flare wedding dresses (which many brides struggle to pull off!) will look stunning on your frame. Alternatively, ballgowns or princess-style dresses with empire waistlines and A-line skirts look amazing on tall brides too.

At Bridal Indulgence, we can customise any of our dresses, so if you’re in need of a little extra length, just ask!

Lainie wedding dress by Willowby

Tall brides love the skirt on Lainie by Willowby.

We’d advise you steer clear of the sleeved wedding dresses and high necklines as these can elongate your body, and not in the most flattering way. You’ll probably find strapless wedding dresses, or ones with a scooped neckline, make you feel your best. 

Flattering wedding dresses Bridal Indulgence

If you’re a tall bride, Lineisy by Wtoo is one of the best wedding dresses to suit your body shape.

Petite Brides’ Wedding Dresses to Suit Your Body Shape

The petite brides that walk through our doors usually suit the wedding dresses with empire waistlines and loose and flowy skirts. The empire waist will give the impression of a longer silhouette and add a couple of inches to your height.


The waistline on Clairee by Wtoo does wonders! See the Clairee design on our lovely bride Stephanie

If you’re a petite bride, remember this: don’t swamp yourself in a ballgown-style and stay away from too many embellishments. Instead, think elegance and sophistication when choosing a more simple design.

Wedding dresses to suit your body shape

Shorter brides love the simplicity of Vayentha by Wtoo, one of our favourite lace wedding dresses

Now you know how to find the best wedding dresses to suit your body shape, book an appointment at Bridal Indulgence today and try on any of the gorgeous gowns featured here. Alternatively browse more of the stunning wedding dresses at the boutique.

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