How To: Shopping For Your Silhouette

How To: Wedding Dress Shopping for your Body Type

Rectangle, apple, pear, hourglass… Women come in all shapes and sizes. As a bride, your goal is to highlight your best features with a wedding dress style that works with your specific silhouette.

Dresses that look best on hourglass figures.
Choose a wedding dress that highlights your curves like this stunning graphic lace wedding dress from Martina Liana.

Martina Liana Style 772

Crop tops are also flattering on hourglass figures. Martina Liana Separates: Together.Forever’s Tyler top paired with the Sanja skirt makes for the perfect combination.

Martina Liana Tyler top + Sanja skirt

And, we love the idea of a wrap-inspired dress for brides with hourglass figures.

Martina Liana Style 774

Dresses that look best on apple figures.
If you have an apple shape, your goal is to minimize your midsection. Choose a wedding dress that highlights your shoulders like this satin sheath wedding dress from Stella York. It features an eye-catching beaded illusion neckline that draws attention to your neck, shoulder and bust.

Stella York Style 6263


The Ciara corset and Sachi skirt combination from Martina Liana Separates: Together.Forever. also works nicely to minimize the midsection. The waistband of the Sachi skirt hits the smallest part of the torso and flares to minimize the stomach.

Martina Liana Ciara corset + Sachi skirt

Dresses that look best on pear figures.
If your body is pear shaped, you can balance your figure by wearing a wedding dress that accentuates your bust and slims your hips. Wedding dresses with embellished and/or strapless bodices and A-line skirts work best. V-necks, scoop-necks and sweetheart necklines also work great to draw the eye up and away from the middle.

Essense of Australia Style D2090

This stunning wedding dress from the Essense of Australia delivers the best of both worlds to brides with pear figures. It features an embellished bodice and an A-line skirt.

Essense of Australia Style D1949

Another fine contender for the pear-shaped bride is this dreamy A-line Martina Liana wedding gown made from soft organza.

Martina Liana Style 761

Dresses that look best on rectangular figures.
If you have a rectangular figure, you’ll want to wear a wedding dress with volume details at the bust and hips. Fitted sheaths also work well with “boyish” shapes. And, wedding dresses with bias cuts and ruching create the illusion of curves. Below are a few of our favorite dresses for women with rectangular figures.

This lace and tulle bridal gown from Stella York does the trick to create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Stella York Style 6223

This opulent wedding ball gown from Essense of Australia is perfect for rectangular figures.

Essense of Australia Style D2073

This Stella York wedding dress features ruching on the bodice, which is a top dress choice for women with rectangular figures.

Stella York Style 6201

Visit an Essense of Australia, Stella York, or Martina Liana retailer near you today to find the perfect gown for your silhouette!