Which Female Body Shape Do You Have?

Finding the best wedding dress for your unique female body shape is about knowing what flatters your body best. It is about bringing attention to where you want it and minimizing it where you don't.

Identifying your female body shape will help you by giving you a starting point in the fun, but sometimes overwhelming, wedding dress search.

Straight body shape

The bust and hip are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.  

Often this is due to having a broad ribcage. With this body shape you might also tend to put on weight around the middle, as opposed to the thighs, so you are usually blessed with great legs.

Wedding dress styles that flatter this shape are:

  • The Sheath silhouette
  • Empire raised waistline
  • A-line skirt
  • Ball Gown skirt
  • Mermaid skirt with a portrait or strapless neckline.

Other celebrities known to have a Straight body shape are: Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman. 

Spoon body shape

The hips are larger than the busts and the hips have a 'shelf' appearance. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust. 

If you have this body shape, you would look beautiful in:

  • Empire raised waistline
  • Skirts: A-line and Ball Gown
  • Necklines: strapless, halter top

Hourglass body shape

The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is defined.

You could probably also have larger thighs and shorter legs, but with a slim waist. This is also a very feminine look.

This shape should wear garments constructed with smooth, soft lines and without much curve. Alternatively use straight lines with a loose unconstructed fit. This kind of loose construction provides a soft feel without creating obvious curves.

Example of a hollywood star with this body shape is Beyonce.

Fitted gowns show off this curvy shape well. Flattering styles include:  

  • Sheath shilhouette
  • Skirts: A-Line, Ball gown, Mermaid
  • Waistline: dropped
  • Necklines: strapless, one-shoulder, scoop

Pear body shape

The hips are larger than the bust and the waist gradually slopes out the hips.

Some women eventually develop the Pear Shape with age, as after child birth and then the menopause, many women add pounds and inches to their hips and thighs. This is a very feminine shape, even if it does have challenges in dressing. It tends to be even more challenging when you are short, as the taller you are the easier it is to conceal the difference between the top and bottom halves. 

Example of a hollywood star with this body shape is Kim Kardashian.

Inverted Triangle body shape

The bust is large, the hips are narrow and the waist is not very well defined.

This body shape has a gentle, graceful outline and your clothes should follow the same soft curves. You are likely to look taller than you are, because your heaviness is at the top.

The key to dressing an Inverted Triangle body type is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. This is achieved by choosing clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist. You have amazing legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths, but don’t go too short otherwise you will further a top-heavy look. 

Best to wear flowing fabrics, low to medium-low necklines, a well-fitted bra and dresses that flow from the waist. This shape looks great in:

  • Skirts: A-line or Ball Gown, long or short
  • Neckline: strapless or sweetheart

Oval & Diamond body shapes

The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The hips are narrow compared to the shoulders. The breasts are ample in size.

The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The shoulders are narrow compared to the hips. Breasts are small to medium in size.

If you have an Oval or Diamond body shape go for dresses that highlight your bust and skim down over your tummy without clinging. Look out for dresses with embellishment around the neck, colour and detail around the hem to avoid drawing attention to either end of your body.

Best Dresses
-Empire line and bias cut dresses hide your tummy

-Trumpet or Mermaid skirts and wrap style dresses

-A low-ish open neckline keeps eyes away from your middle

Avoid 
-Shapeless straight / column dresses
-Bows, belts and other waistline details 

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