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By the time you’re ready to start wedding dress shopping, you ve probably amassed a pretty nice-sized wish list about your dream gown. Most bridal shops will only let you book an hour-long appointment. And, while one hour is plenty of time to try on dresses, if you can narrow down your options before stepping foot in the dressing room, you’re in for a much more pleasant, laid-back shopping experience.

One easy way to limit your options is to choose a silhouette that will highlight your best-loved assets and conceal your less-favorable traits. To start, figure out which of our five featured body types best defines your figure: Petite, plus size, busty, hourglass or lean and straight. And remember, you may not fit squarely into one category — most people don t! Take Kim Kardashian: She’s petite, busty and has (insane) hourglass curves. And, her wedding dress (ahem, the Givenchy Haute Couture one she wore most recently to marry Kanye West) with its sheath silhouette, modest neckline and waist-baring cut-outs, was the perfect complement to her shape.

Along with finding the right gown for your body type, there are a few other things that can help make your wedding dress shopping experience as easy as possible. First, trust your consultant and don’t be afraid to try on gowns he or she suggests that fall outside of your traditional comfort zone. Also shop with a supportive crew! Miss Negativity does not deserve a sacred spot on the “yay-or-nay” team. And finally, do your makeup and hair. It will be much easier to imagine wearing one of these gowns on your wedding day if you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed.

Well, what are you waiting for? Book your appointment and start reading to find out the best gowns for your body type!

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types

Petite brides should avoid overwhelming their small frame. Choose airy sheaths and structured trumpet styles over big, frothy ball gowns.

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Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Angel Sanchez

Horizontal details will shorten your frame while a vertical panel, like this delicate lace one, will elongate.

Style N11007, strapless draped empire-waist mermaid wedding dress with a floral beaded center panel, Angel Sanchez

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Christos

A form-fitting shell underneath a gossamer tulle skirt is the perfect way to wear a more voluminous silhouette.

Strapless ivory and blush corded lace trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Christos

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Reem Acra

For petite brides, simple reigns supreme, and this chic silk crepe number is minimalism at its best.

Sleeveless silk crepe sheath wedding dress with a deep v-neckline and embroidered belt, Reem Acra

George Chinsee

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Ines di Santo

The substantial straps on this plunging V-neckline gown draw the eye upward elongating your frame.

“Lovette” sleeveless lace A-line wedding dress with a scalloped v-neckline, Ines di Santo

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Jenny Packham

An empire waistline is a great style for petite figures. It creates the illusion of long legs.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Jim Hjelm

A dropped-waist or mermaid silhouette isn’t off limits. Just opt for slim, more structured skirts over wide, poofy ones.

Style 8456, strapless ivory and gold Chantilly lace trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and layered skirt, Jim Hjelm

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Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Pronovias

When done right high-low hemlines can be an asset, and may even make your legs look longer.

“Yaela” lace A-line wedding dress with a layered high-low skirt, v-neckline, and three-quarter sleeves, Pronovias

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Theia

Skip 3D accents — like luxe blooms — in favor of intricate embroidery, light beading and one-dimensional appliques for design details that won’t overwhelm.

“Adelaide” strapless blush chiffon mermaid wedding dress with all-over lace applique details and a sweetheart neckline, Theia

John Acquino

Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Kenneth Pool

This trumpet gown with draped lace ruffle and tulle skirt feels ball-gown-grand, while still maintaining the lengthening lines of a sheath.

Sleeveless corded lace trumpet wedding dress with a sheer back, draped lace ruffle, and a tulle skirt, Kenneth Pool

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Wedding Dresses for Petite Body Types: Vera Wang

A sheath’s continuous line creates the illusion of height. Plus, it’s super easy to hem!

Strapless silk crepe mermaid wedding dress with a cut-out back and cowl detail, Vera Wang

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types

Whether you want to create the illusion of a smaller frame or celebrate your curves, we’ve got you covered (or uncovered).

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Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld

Asymmetrical pleating and neckline-to-knee embellishments make this curve-hugging gown more slimming.

Style 4278, silk taffeta dropped waist mermaid wedding dress with jeweled strap and tiered ruffle skirt, Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Jenny Packham

An empire waistline creates a lengthening effect while these fluttery chiffon sleeves act as the most ethereal cover up.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Lee-Ann Belter

A lace illusion neckline is equal parts daring and demure, and it s an especially slimming look when paired with a cummerbund-style waistline.

Wedding dress by Lea-Ann Belter

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Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Allure Bridals

Minimize your waistline with design details that draw the eye inward (think bodycon seams, but with crystals).

Wedding dress by Allure Bridals

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: David Tutera for Mon Cheri

A high neckline, sheath silhouette and slight train are the ultimate trio to help you look long and lean.

Wedding dress by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Maggie Sottero

A dark colored sash is a simple way to make your middle look trim.

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Oleg Cassini

Intricate silver embroidery adds infinite allure but not a bit of bulk to a simple silhouette.

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: James Clifford

A scoop neckline shows off your voluptuous shape and lets you avoid a strapless bra!

Wedding dress by James Clifford

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Maggie Sottero

A basque waistline enhances an hourglass figure. This modern, less severe interpretation gets it right.

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Body Types: Lee-Ann Belter

Strategic draping on an unembellished gown can add drama and define curves.

Wedding dress by Lea-Ann Belter

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types

If you’re a busty bride, you’ve got two choices: reveal or conceal. Either way, finding the right gown starts with pinpointing the perfect neckline.

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Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Type: Victor Harper

A square neckline looks great on almost anyone, but it’s especially great for the well-endowed because its not too revealing.

Wedding dress by Victor Harper

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Reem Acra

Strapless gowns can be tough for brides with a larger bust, but the straight-across version actually minimizes your assets.

Strapless silk organza ball gown wedding dress with a draped bodice and lace torso underlay, Reem Acra

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Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Monique Lhuillier

If you re set on a sweetheart neckline, try one with straps and a full skirt to balance your busty frame.

“Velletta” sleeveless Alençon lace ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, thin straps, and a tiered tulle skirt, Monique Lhuillier

John Acquino

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Kenneth Pool

Another sweetheart idea we love? This “modesty” lace detail that keeps your cleavage in check.

Strapless dropped waist lace ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and layered organza skirt, Kenneth Pool

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Marchesa

This structured off-the-shoulder neckline offers a subtle curve that minimizes a large bust.

Off-the-shoulder silk faille ball gown wedding dress with a scoop neckline and cap sleeves, Marchesa

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Maggie Sottero

Plunging V-necklines are typically too risquè for big-busted girls, but this more subtle dip gets it right.

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

George Chinsee

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Jenny Lee

Generally slinky material is a no-no for larger busts, but the draped cowl neckline makes this 20s-style gown more of a go-to.

Wedding dress by Jenny Lee

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Jane White

A subtle dip won’t hide your curves completely, but it will soften your sex appeal.

Wedding dress by Jane White

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Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Carolina Herrera

Pair a sophisticated scoop neckline with a figure-balancing faux peplum and you’ve got wedding gown perfection.

“Cara” sleeveless silk georgette sheath wedding dress with a peplum waist and embroidered illusion neckline, Carolina Herrera

George Chinsee

Wedding Dresses for Busty Body Types: Amsale

Illusion “skin-baring” details are a big-busted girls bestie. This sheer scoop neckline is every bit ethereal.

Sleeveless hand-beaded ball gown wedding dress with a scoop neckline and sweetheart bodice, Amsale

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types

Because floor-length gowns were made with your model stature in mind, you’ve got lots of options to choose from. But, if you’re hoping to create the illusion of curves — we’ve got a few tricks.

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Alberta Ferreti

A voluminous peplum skirt acts as a stand in for curvy hips.

Wedding dress by Alberta Ferretti

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Hayley Paige

This sheath gets some added allure from intricate geometric design details.

Style 6461, “Mercedes” sleeveless geometric ribbon net A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps, Hayley Paige

George Chinsee

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Ines di Santo

Bodycon goes bridal with contouring seams that create “imaginary” curves.

“Izel” strapless lace and organza trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Ines Di Santo

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Jenny Packham

A sheath will accentuate your statuesque frame.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

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Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Monique Lhuillier

Consider a wedding dress with a slit to show off your great legs.

“Fabienne” long sleeve embellished sheath wedding dress with a front slit, tulle overskirt, and keyhole illusion neckline, Monique Lhuillier

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Oleg Cassini

A high neckline paired with a full, A-line skirt showcases and balances your height at the same time.

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini

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Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Pronovias

The illusion neckline details on this gown, which leave just a hint of skin bare, highlight a swan-like neck.

“Yamse” embroidered tulle mermaid wedding dress with an illusion bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a removable sequin tulle skirt, Pronovias

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Theia

Lucky you! Not everyone can pull off the most eye-catching trend in bridal gowns — crop tops.

“Haven” sleeveless silver floral jacquard crop top wedding dress with a tulle ball gown skirt, Theia

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Rivini

With daring illusion panels, this lace sheath will let you flash a hint of those enviable legs.

Wedding dress by Rivini

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Wedding Dresses for Lean-and-Straight Body Types: Vera Wang

Go for an over the top ball gown (we love this ballerina-inspired style), it won’t overwhelm your tall figure.

Sleeveless silk charmeuse halter ball gown wedding dress with a deep v-neckline and full tulle skirt with Chantilly lace applique details, Vera Wang

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types

Work your womanly curves in a bodycon bridal gown or hide your hips in a big ball gown — either way, your gown should show off your trim mid section.

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Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Anne Barge

A glitzy belt detail is a glamorous way to highlight your tiny waistline.

Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Steve Eichner

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Jim Hjelm

This ethereal fit-and-flare dress accentuates hourglass curves.

Style 8452, sleeveless English net trumpet wedding dress with a deep v-neckline and a sequin bodice, Jim Hjelm

John Acquino

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Kenneth Pool

An exaggerated dropped waist and oversized tulle skirt keeps all eyes on feminine form.

Strapless dropped waist lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Kenneth Pool

Robert Mitra

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Marchesa

The pin-tucked waistline of this Marchesa stunner plays up your small midsection in the most subtle way.

Chantilly lace ball gown wedding dress with a silk faille skirt, embroidered high-neck bodice, and short sleeves, Marchesa

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld

It’s clear why this dress is a winner. Seriously, it’s the sheer midriff that gives this gown an edge.

Style 4262, sweetheart cap sleeve jeweled silk tulle sheath wedding dress with illusion bodice, Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld

John Aquino

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Rivini

Fit-and-flare are three words you should get very familiar with. It’s a curvy girls go-to silhouette.

Wedding dress by Rivini

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Truly Zac Posen

Hourglass is one of the only body types that can pull off a true mermaid silhouette — a style that flares out just below the knee.

Wedding dress by Truly Zac Posen

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Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Victor Harper

For an unexpected take on a dropped waist design, asymmetrical tiers are a fun, yet glamorous choice.

Wedding dress by Victor Harper

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Houghton

We love the idea of long sleeves and a curve-hugging floor length skirt with only a hint of skin at your skinniest bit showing.

Wedding dress by Houghton

Thomas Iannaconne

Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Body Types: Wtoo

Structured materials like silk satin are an ideal choice for form-fitting gowns.

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