Wedding Dress Styles to Flatter Every Figure

Posted on 21st May 2017
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For most women, there’s no dress quite as important or exciting as their wedding dress. It’s an opportunity for the bride to pull out all of the stops, pampering herself and dressing like a princess. However, with so much emphasis on you, knowing what type of gown to choose can be daunting. Often, the types of dresses you love on the hanger or in the magazines can fall flat when actually tried on, leading you to disappointment and distress!

Here at A Bride-2-Bee, we understand that the brides we style are unique and diverse, so we stock a variety of gowns to suit everyone. Here, we round up our fabulous womanly figures, and advise on the styles that will showcase them best:


The fishtail, also known as the mermaid or fit and flare, style of dress is incredibly popular and fashion forward. If you are blessed with hourglass curves, there is no better way to accentuate them than with this figure-hugging style. Shorter ladies are best to avoid this dress silhouette.

 Love the fishtail style? Try our Allure Raine gown: 

Although similar to the fishtail style, the drop A-line dress is not quite as figure-hugging, making it a great alternative for showing off a curvaceous figure without being as daring. Try Sweethearts Gowns' Emma dress: 


If you have a smaller frame, a simple yet sophisticated straight or sheath dress will suit you perfectly. This style is known for elongating the figure, following the body’s natural line and adding length. Curvaceous ladies are best to avoid this design.

Try Allure Bridals 9469.

Apple Shape 

Straight or subtly flared dresses  which flow through your waistline are perfect for ladies with an apple shape. Dresses with V necklines and lots of upper-body detail will help to take the eye away from the midsection and vertical patterns are extra flattering.

Cosmobella's Camilla gown is perfect for this body shape:

All body types, but especially good for pear shapes

Many of the brides we style choose to go for an A-line gown, or fuller ball gown, and for good reason - this classic silhouette will suit almost any figure, making you feel confident as you walk down the aisle. The A-line style doesn’t have the ‘va va voom’ of other shapes, but is a sweet, sure-fire classic.

Try Jakayla by Sottero and Midgley: 

This is just a small selection of the styles of wedding gowns available in our Southampton boutique – there really is a silhouette to suit every bride, and guided by our expert Bridal Consultants, you’ll be sure to find ‘THE ONE’ for you!

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