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Wedding dress shopping involves five key components: your budget, your personal style, your wedding’s style, your mother’s opinions and your God-given body type. We can help you narrow down some options based on the latter. (And your mom…she means well.)

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David’s Bridal

If You’re Pear-Shaped...Try a Full Chiffon Skirt

The classic ball skirt not only skims over a larger bottom half—it’s also one of the most comfortable styles on the whole list. 

White by Vera Wang ($948)

wedding dress apple
David’s Bridal

If You’re Apple-Shaped...Try a Grecian Column Gown

Creative draping gives dimension to a rounder midsection, and the column silhouette makes you feel like a goddess. 

David’s Bridal ($200)

wedding dress hourglass

If You’re an Hourglass...Try a Mermaid Gown

This is not the time or the place to hide your curves. Take a page out of Sofia Vergara’s playbook, and accentuate your frame in a form-fitting gown that dramatically flares around the knee (you know, for balance).

Monique Lhuillier ($4,990)

wedding dress boyish

If You’re Boyish...Try a Tiered Skirt

Ladies with straighter shapes, you’ll want a little movement in your fabric. A Boho tiered skirt adds curves to your frame and feels like a million bucks when you’re twirling to the cocktail-hour jazz quartet. 

Modcloth ($200)

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Net a Porter

If You’re Petite...Try an Embellished Bodice

Truly petite ladies already know the struggle that is hemming a dress. But removing too much fabric from an involved ball skirt can change the look entirely. Instead, opt for a minimal skirt (that’s easy to take up) and a show-stopping bodice (that draws attention to your face).

Jenny Packham ($4,800)

wedding dress tall

If You’re Tall...Try an Embellished Slip Dress

Truly tall ladies already know the struggle of wearing a poufy dress. To let your frame (not the fabric) be the star of the show, consider a slinky, sparkly number that creates a continuous line.

BHLDN ($1,600)

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