Saying Yes to the Dress: A Wedding Dress Guide

After an absolutely exhausting process… I said yes to the dress! I suppose I went about the whole process a little differently than most brides… I actually only went shopping with my mom. I personally can’t handle too many different opinions at once, especially when I wasn’t even really sure what I wanted! Before we even went to the first bridal boutique, I was convinced I wanted a long sleeved dress. Without giving too much away, I could not have ended up with something more different than I thought I’d end up with!

Obviously, everyone has a different body type. I tried on every single type of dress (except for mermaid), and I was really surprised at what I looked good in and what I didn’t! Here’s my own unofficial guide to wedding dresses for your body type:

Ball Gown: *Think Cinderella-type of dress* Basically consists of a very full skirt with a tight bodice, cinched at the waist. In my own personal opinion, this type of dress looks good on someone with a “boyish” type figure. The full skirt makes you look curvier! I’d avoid this if you’re short though, you’ll get swallowed up in the dress!

Ball Gown from the Rosa Clara Two selection

 Sheath: Form fitting… more “straight up and down”, doesn’t flare out at the bottom. I think this dress is best for shorter women, as the slim “up and down” look adds length. I’d avoid this if you’re pear shaped (smaller on top, rounder on bottom), this silhouette will make you look unproportional.


Sheath dress from the Rosa Clara Soft collection…notice, almost no flare!

A-line: This type of dress is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of an “A”. This dress honestly looks good on everyone (probably why it’s the most popular style of wedding dress!).

A-Line Dress, notice…the shape of an A!

Trumpet: A straight-lined skirt that subtly flares out from the knee/thigh toward the hem in a trumpet shape. In my opinion this style of dress is best for brides who want to display their curves, but want to be able to move (sorry, mermaid!). If you have a boxy body type…Avoid! Avoid!


Trumpet style dress (Rosa Clara again)… soft flare from the thigh-down

Drop Waist: This dress style drops and flares out a little bit below the waistline. This is best for brides who want to show off their trim middles, because it hugs the body around the waist and hips. Avoid this shape if you have a boxier figure… it’ll make you look like you have less curves.


Drop Waist… you can definitely see how it shows off a trim tummy! 

Obviously, I have a thing for Rosa Clara! Ha, but let me know your thoughts on this… if you agree, disagree, or any of your own experiences finding the right shape of wedding dress for your body! I’d love to hear about it!


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