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The best dress for your body shape

By the time you get engaged, you probably have a fairly good idea of the kind of thing that suits you. But it’s definitely worth looking at lots of styles because you may surprise yourself by falling in love with something you wouldn’t have imagined choosing. Start by trying on different shapes to find a silhouette that works, then narrow it down with the finishing details.

Apple shape

Choose a dress that cinches at the narrowest point on your waistline and has a deep V neckline that will create a vertical line that draws the eye up and down.

Pear shape

A gradual A-line skirt is ideal, especially in a slightly stiffer fabric like satin, which won’t cling where you don’t want it to, while cap sleeves create balance on your top half.


Display a beautiful decolletage without overdoing the cleavage by choosing a scooped neckline, or if you prefer strapless then a sweetheart will help you avoid the ‘shelf’ effect.

Straight up and down

If you’ve got a small bust, add volume with a rushed bodice, and create the illusion of curves with a fit and flare or fishtail style dress.


A simple silhouette with a low waistline and floor-sweeping hem will create an elegant overall effect.


Avoid large puffy skirts that will overwhelm your frame and go for a simple sheath or column dress that suits your proportions.