When deciding on your gown one of the first steps is to choose the style or silhouette. The silhouette is the outline or design of the gown. It’s normally determined and defined by where the gown drapes and wraps around your body. There are many different types of basic silhouettes to choose from but the cut and fit of certain styles work best for particular body types. Before you begin your search, here is a list of the five basic women body types along with some advice and tips to help you find the perfect gown silhouette for your big day.
- Hourglass Figure
The hourglass figure is a women who will have a busty top, small waist, and full-size hips that resemble an hourglass. Just think “Marilyn Monroe” and you have a perfect example of what an hourglass figure looks like. These voluptuous figures work well with sheath or wrap dresses, which accentuate every curve.
- Model Figure
The model figure is also known as straight, where there is little definition in the bust, waist and hips. This figure is seen on models since most dresses and clothing drape well on this body type. These figures look wonderful in most silhouettes but the most flattering are the A-line, empire waist, shift, and one-shoulder dresses.
- Sweetheart Figure
The sweetheart figure, also known as pear, is where the bust is small while the hips and bottom are full resembling the shape of a heart, hence the term sweetheart shape. This common body type looks great in empire waist, A-line, and strapless dresses. The key to hiding your hips is to use A-line or full skirts while strapless and open-neck lines will enhance your bust. The empire waist is the most desirable silhouette for this figure, since the waist begins just below the bust leading into a flowing skirt that creates the impression of an hourglass figure.
- Apple Figure
The apple figure is when a woman has a small bust and a wide bottom or stomach, which begins right below the rib cage. The best dress silhouettes used for this body type are empire waist and shift. These silhouettes partnered with a fitted open neck or strapless neckline tend to draw the eye up. Also, consider using a A-Line or full skirts to create the illusion of an hourglass figure.
- Busty Figure
To find examples and ideas on the best wedding gown for your body type, check out the list below.