Hey there beautiful bride-to-be! There must be so much excitement running through your body. The most important day on your love journey is coming up. Possibly, you’ve been dreaming about this day since you were a little girl. Now that this dream is becoming a reality, there could be a lot on your mind. But probably, nothing quite occupies your mind as much as your wedding dress — before you find the perfect one. In this post, we’ll discuss how you can choose the perfect dress that will flatter your body shape.

Do You Know Yours?

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Well, it is obvious that you need to know your body shape before you can choose a dress that fits it perfectly. So, the question is, do you know your shape or type? If you haven’t yet known yours, here’s a practical guide to measure yourself and know your shape.

Although you can do the measurements yourself, the shoulder and bust measurements are usually more accurate when someone else does it for you.

Here is how to carry out each measurement.

Shoulders: It is better to have a friend measure this for you. Your shoulder measurement is the total tape length from one edge of the shoulder all around you to the same point.

Bust: This is the circumference measure across the fullest part of your bust, holding the tape taut but not too tight.

Waist: Locate the narrowest part of your waist. It will usually be just above your belly button. Use a tape measure to go around your body along this point and note it down.

Hips: This measurement should be taken just below the hip bone. Locate this point and find the circumference of this area. Read more at Best for Bride

These measurements are used to determine a person’s shape. You could be pear-shaped, hour-glass shaped, inverted triangle, or rectangle-shaped among others.

Is Yours Uncommon?

Usually, most attention is given to the common body shapes like the hourglass. But that shouldn’t make you feel like you won’t find your fit if you have a unique shape.


An athletic build is when a woman has a muscular physique but is not particularly curvy. With an athletic physique, the shoulder and hip measurements tend to be about the same and while the waist is narrower, it is not overly defined and looks more straight up and done. We find that brides who have an athletic build tend to gravitate towards straighter cuts like a sheath and that halter necklines, racerback styles, and strapless gowns are very flattering!

Inverted Triangle

When your shoulders and bust are larger than your relatively narrow hips, then your body type is an “inverted triangle” or “apple” shape. This body type tends to be flattered the most by structured gowns with definition in the waist. For this body type, we love to suggest A-line or ballgown styles particularly from bridal designers who have amazing structure in the waistline of their gowns, such as Maggie Sottero! Read more at Heart to Heart Bride

It is advisable that you choose a wedding dress designer who has both experience and passion. That way you’ll be sure to get the best outcome.

For the Small- Featured Bride

It can be quite disappointing to realize that most bridal salons stock up for brides of “average” size. So, mostly, the small and petite brides go through a hard time just finding the right dress. If that’s you, here are some ideas that may excite you.

If you are a small-chested bride, find the perfect wedding dress for your body type by adding structure and form in strategic places.

For example, ruching, wrapping, and embellishment help play up your décolletage and add visual interest to your bodice and neckline.

Or, consider that instead of trying to make your breasts look larger, you could wear something only a small-busted bride can rock: a deep plunging V-neck and low back!

Wedding Dresses for Petite Brides

Choose smooth, monochromatic fabrics with flowy layers and vertical details. Heavy embellishments tend to add bulk to your silhouette.

Ball gown wedding dresses can overwhelm a smaller figure, but a narrower A-line silhouette plays up your curves and elongates your frame.

Certain fit-and-flare wedding dresses work well for petite brides—just opt for relaxed construction and subtle embellishment. Read more at Maggie Sottero

Whatever you do, get an expert opinion and choose what makes you feel lovely and comfortable.

Guess what? At New York Bride & Co. of Syracuse, we have a collection of designer wedding gowns all at the most affordable prices in Syracuse. You’ll definitely enjoy walking down our aisles and checking out the gowns in our amazing selection. We also have bridesmaids’ dresses available for your girls. Book an appointment with us today!