Shape Guide

To select a dress that will best fit yourself, you should know something about your body shape first. It’s extremely important when you shopping online. If you know nothing about it, you will get lost when you are involved in various of dress styles and patterns.
Here we will give you some guide of common body shapes, so that you know what kind of dresses will fit your body perfectly.

Body shape can be simple for some, while a little harder for others to decide. If this guide doesn’t fit your body shape, then try one or more to create a set of rules that suit your body perfectly. This will take a little bit of analysis but its well worth the effort. Keeping it in mind that body shapes differ from people though, there is a type or dress style should flatter your body in advance!

If you already know what shape you are, click the quick links below to go straight to the recommended matching dresses for your body type...

Basically, body shape types are determined by taking these factors into consideration: Bust, Waist and height. Below are the shapes you may know:

Full Figured



Apple Shaped
Apple shaped girls are defined by curve and width. You have a heavier mid-section than the rest of your body. You are thick-waisted or you have an undesired tummy. Characteristics are full busts, waists and upper backs and often width around the middle leading down to slim legs. For you it’s all about accentuating the positives (like your killer legs) and bringing balance to your shape as a whole. 
Hints: You have Beautiful curves like Jade Jagger, Drew Barrymore and Kate Winslet!
Ideal Dress Styles: Empire, A-line
Advice: Empire style dress should be the best choice for girls with apple shaped body. As the high-waist emphasizes your bust part, while your mid-section of body de-emphasized. If you like a-line dress better, then try it with slim bodice. Here are some example dresses you can follow up for apple shaped figure.

Apple Shaped Dresses

A-line/Princess Strapless Sweep train Sash Taffeta Bridal Dress A-line/Princess V-neck Puddle train Shantung Crystal Brooch Bridal Dress Slim Waist Sweetheart White Wedding Dress Empire Vintage V-neck Full-length Midnight Chiffon Sashes Bridesmaid Dress


Pear Shaped
Characterised by a slim torso, bust and waist with larger hips, thighs and bottom, pear shaped bodies benefit from well tailored and proportioned items. This shape is all about balance, drawing the eye up and elongating the leg. Describe it in a simple is, your hips, bottom, thighs are larger than your upper body.
Hints: You have the best of both worlds; you’re lean and bootylicious like Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Tyra Banks.
Ideal Dress Styles: Empire, A-line, Ball Gown
Advice: Flatter your best assets (your top half) with dresses that accentuate the bodice and loosely flow over the body. Strapless bodices are the best choice for your body type. Choose either an A-line, empire or ball gown and favor a strapless bustier or a halter with a circular neckline.

Example Pear Shaped Dresses to Pick Up

Embroidery Bubble Cathedral Train Ball Gown Wedding Dress for Brides Beaded Modest Wedding Dress Strapless Princess Silhouette Full Length Quinceañera Ball Dress Sweet Sixteen Dress Strapless Stuning Taffeta Evening Dress for Bridesmaids in Fuchsia


Hourglass Shaped
The hourglass figure will have a wider bust and thighs paired with a thin waist. This curvy shape benefits from showing off your best assets and creating balance.You have a medium to large bust, small waist (smaller than your shoulders and hips), naturally curvy hips and rounded bottom.
Hints: You have classic curves like Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway.
Ideal Dress Style: Sheath, A-line, Ball Gown
Advice: Show off your curvy figure with a form-fitting sheath dress. Be it plain or embellished, this type of dress will accentuate your body in all the right places. A little hipper than desired? Choose an A-line or ball gown, to cover your wider parts and draw attention upward. To achieve this try a strapless bodice ball gown with a full skirt and a cinched waist. Keep eyes above the waist with an embellished neckline.

Suggestion for Hourglass Shaped

Gorgeous Chiffon Informal Wedding Dress in Sparkling Straps Column/Sheath Gorgeous Elegant Chiffon Wedding Dress Informal with Lathy Sash Modest Strapless Wedding Dress Beaded & Embroidered Chapel Train Quinceañera Ball Dress Sweet Sixteen Dress in Yellow


Petite Shaped

Petite body types are smaller and often naturally toned. They will have broad shoulders and short legs. You're compact and small and for you it is all about creating length and curves and, of course, keeping it all in proportion. Petite shaped girl has a small frame, is trim with subtle curves, and always have an average sized bust.
Hints: You have a cute compact and lean body like Eva Longoria, Kylie Minogue and Natalie Portman.
Ideal Dress Style: Empire, Sheath, A-line
Advice: Elongate your tiny frame by showing some leg. Wear a dress with a short hemline and instantly look taller. Explore different types of hemlines for one that suits you the best (handkerchief, asymmetrical, ruffled, hi/low). Create a longer silhouette with a simple column-style sheath dress. If you are short-waisted, choose an empire style or an A-line style that will take the emphasis of the waistline and create an elongated line. Play around with necklines -V-shape, halter or sweetheart are great for you.

Suggested Dresses

Satin Lining Lace Overlay Wedding Dress Fall 2010 Collection Elegant Halter Chiffon Wedding Dress 2010 Fall Applique Vintage Wedding Dress Fall 2010 Collection Luxury Bubble Designer Wedding Dress Fabrics in Taffeta/Satin



Slim and athletic types will be straight up and down, perhaps with not much of a bottom or bust. You're straight and narrow and for you it is all about creating curves, curves, curves! Girls with slim/athletic shape often have large frame, straight throughout rectangle shape with no visible curves. You have wide shoulders and toned legs.
Hints: You have a sporty body like Cameron Diaz, Mischa Barton and Keira Knightley.
Ideal Dress Style: Empire, Ball Gown
Advice: Try an empire gown that will add definition and shape to your silhouette. For full definition opt for a ball gown, the full skirt and form-fitting bodice will instantly highlight your waistline and give you a natural feminine shape.

Suggested Dresses

Pleating Ruffled Designer Wedding Dress Pure White with Chapel Train Off-the-shoulder Sexy Wedding Dress Bubble Skirt Ball Gown Embroidered Noblest Queen Wedding Gown with Beading Embroidery Bodice White Tea Length Wedding Dress Strapless with Sparkling Sash


Full Figured Shape

Girls with a full figured torso often have large frame with, large bust, while noticeable curves. You actually are very pleased of this body shape cause it's easy for you to find a liked and fitted dress to wear.
Ideal Dress Styles: Empire, A-line, Ball Gown
Advice: Try an A-line dress that slims throughout the waist and gently flows around your lower body. Want the same effect but more bottom coverage? Try a ball gown with a corseted waist or a tight-fitting two-piece that will highlight your torso and hide a fuller bottom. Another good option is the empire gown, which will draw more attention to your bust line and flow over everything else below. V, round or sweetheart necklines look best as does thick straps or a halter top.

Dresses to recommend

Spaghetti Straps Couture Wedding Dress with Beaded Embroidery in Center of Bustier Vintage Wedding Dress in White Chiffon Sweetheart Chiffon Wedding Dress Tea Length Simple Column Wedding Dress Tea Length in White Chiffon Strapless is an Upfront Merchant on TheFind. Click for info.