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When it comes to choosing a wedding dress for your big day, you’ll naturally want to look and feel your best. The best thing to do is go for shapes, necklines and cuts that will accentuate your assets and deter attention away from any areas you don’t like. This blog post is going to list the best wedding dresses to suit different body shapes so you can make an informed decision before trying any on. 
Define Your Body Shape 
First things first. Take a look at the four different silhouettes below and pick one that’s most similar to your body shape. 
1. Apple 
You may have wide shoulders, full breasts and tend to carry weight more on your stomach and upper arms. Your lower half may be slimmer in comparison to your top half. 
2. Pear 
You may have narrow shoulders, small breasts, and a defined waist. You tend to carry weight on your hips, buttocks and/or thighs. 
3. Hourglass 
You may have medium to wide shoulders and medium to large breasts. Your waist is defined and your hips are prominent, but similar in size to your shoulders. You tend to carry weight more evenly all over. 
4. Rectangle 
You may have broad shoulders and a straight waistline with narrow hips. You tend to carry weight more evenly all over and have an athletic look. 
Found your shape? Take a look at the recommended dress styles for each silhouette below. They tell you how to accentuate your assets and draw attention away from your less embraced areas. 
Wedding Dresses for Apple Shapes 
An empire-line dress will skim over your tummy and waist, giving you a leaner look while showcasing your chest. Alternatively, drop waist dresses will elongate your top half and skim over your mid-section. 
Wedding Dresses for Pear Shapes 
Halter neck dresses can give the illusion of wider shoulders to help balance out your hips. Strapless princess gowns will highlight your lean top half and skim over your larger bottom half. 
Wedding Dresses for Hourglass Shapes 
Hourglass figures look great in corset dresses as they accentuate the full bust and nipped-in waist. Sweetheart necklines can also flatter a fuller bust. Opt for a fitted skirt or something fuller like an A-line – our balanced figure gives you more choice. 
Wedding Dresses for Rectangle Shapes 
High neck designs can suit straighter figures. If you want to create the illusion of curves, look out for feminine ruching at the waist and hips or strategically placed embellishment. Flapper style dresses will also sit beautifully on rectangular frames. 
Despite certain cuts and styles being recommended for different body shapes, we think only one main rule applies. That is: if you love it, wear it! We recommend trying on many different wedding dresses to get a feel for what you like and dislike. After all, this is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you should make the most of it and enjoy it. As famous stylist Trinny Woodall (@trinnylondon) said: “The mantra is forget your size, discover your shape and transform yourself.” 
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