Selecting the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Style


Selecting a wedding dress is more than just a fitting.  It’s selecting the right type for your body shape.  What’s follows is a guide to selecting the right silhouette for your body type.  This allows you to find the best figure flattering wedding gown.  Petite, tall, thin, plus size – here is your go to for choosing your dream wedding dress.

And it’s selecting the right color as well.  If your skin color is cool, with pink undertones and you favor silver jewelry, bright white is a good choice.  If your skin tone is warm, with peachy undertones and you look best in gold accessories, you best choice is an off-white gown.



Selecting by Silhouette/Body Type


If your shape is an inverted triangle:

Measurements:  Bust is larger than your hips and your waist is well defined.

What to look for:  You want to look for ways to add definition to your waist and hips.  An excellent way to accomplish this is with a strapless, scoop, rounded, V-Neck or plunging necklines with a narrow bodice and fuller skirt.

Best Dress Shape:  A-Line, Empire, and Ball Gown.

If your shape is an hourglass:

Measurements:  Bust and hips are the same measurement and you have a defined waist.

What to look for:  Styles that enhance your natural curves.

Best Dress Shape:  A-Line, Empire, Sheath, Ball Gown, and Mermaid.  Corset bodices and strapless or off the shoulder necklines are great choices!

If your shape is a rectangle:

Measurements:  Bust and hips are the same measurement.  Waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.

What to look for:  Ways to add definition to your chest and waist.  A good way to do this is with a beaded neckline or bodice with a gathered or embellished waist.

Best Dress Shape:  A-Line, Empire, and Ball Gown.

What to Avoid:  Sheaths and other clingy styles.

If your shape is rounded:

Measurements:  Large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection.

What to look for:  Ways to add definition to your upper body and chest.

Best Dress Shape:  A-Line of Empire.  A deep V-neck sweetheart or scoop neckline, high straps or a halter top style neckline.

What to Avoid:  Styles that emphasize the waist or hip area. 

If your shape is a triangle:

Measurements:  Bust is narrower than hips.  Waist is slight smaller than hips.

What to look for:  Styles that enhances bodice and defines the waist.  Beaded necklines are great options!

Best Dress Shapes:  A-Line and Ball Gown.

What to Avoid:  Avoid making your shoulders look broad.  Avoid boat necks, spaghetti straps and puffy sleeves.

If your shape is a diamond:

Measurements:  Waist is larger than bust and hips.

What to look for:  Ways to add definition to upper body and chest.  An excellent way to accomplish this is with embellishment on the bodice or neckline to add more volume to your bustline.

Best Dress Shapes:  Empire or Sheath.

What to Avoid:  Thin straps and dresses with waist detailing as this will accentuate your broader waist.

CHOOSE A STYLE that compliments your personality as well:

  • Fit & Flare – Your style is both contemporary and traditional.  You have a girly figure and love to socialize.
  • Mermaid – Glamour defines you.  You have curves and love to show them off.
  • Tea Length – Understated elegance is your thing
  • Sheath – You dig anything retro.  You tend to be taller and have great legs.
  • Ball Gown -You are a princess and want to be the star attraction.


Information provided by our guest blogger:

Emalyia Klemmer, CEO/Designer

Osio Mita LLC

Modest Bridal Gowns

What is a modest bridal gown?  A modest bridal dress provides the same high quality wedding dress BUT with sleeves and higher necklines to provide more coverage.   Some religious faiths (LDS, Christians, Evangelicals, Muslins and others) require a bridal gown that is designed with less reveal.   And honestly – these are beautiful dresses!  Very few have beading or elaborate beading to reflect an opinion that the wedding is not just about the bride, but about the couple.  If a bride’s gown completely outshines her fiancée attire, it takes away from the belief that marriage is about both the bride and the groom, not just the bride.

You will find glamorous, chic, and trendy style ( located off Highway 141 on Vance Road.  They have the largest collection in the Midwest and are priced from $250 to about $1200.00.   Debbie, the store owner, suggests an appointment especially during the busy pre-wedding season to allow ample time.

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Come see Artizta Bridal & Formal Wear’s Fashion Show at “Engaged – For Sweethearts”

We are just a few weeks away from our most amazing “Engaged! – For Sweethearts” workshop/show (see front page of website for more information,www.bridestlouis. com) and I wanted to share with you some of the exciting events that are planned for that day.  To start with, I wanted to introduce you to Artizta Bridal & Formal Wear.  Artizta Bridal will be showing some of the hottest bridal fashions in our runway show including bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and flower girl fashions.  Artizta Bridal & Formal Wear is located at 130 Richardson Crossing in Arnold Missouri and offers independent, well known designer wedding gowns that are normally found in bridal boutique salons.  The owner has been designing and creating wedding dresses since she was 17yrs. old and has a passion for helping brides look as good as they feel on their special day.  Artizta would love to share the happy moment when you say “YES” to your dress.