Wedding Dresses and Your Silhouette: Here’s What You Should Know!


We all know the feeling – someone we know shows us their wedding photos, and we cannot help but feel their gown just didn’t fit quite right. It is essential that every bride understands the type of body she has and how to dress for it. Your wedding dress is not only meant to hide those pesky problem areas, but it should also be able to accentuate your best features. At Timeless Bridal Couture, we understand that not every figure is the same, and in our appreciation for the beautifully unique body types we style on a daily basis, we have compiled a list of some trade tricks to pay attention to if your figure fits into any of the below categories:

The Hourglass Figure

Those with an hourglass silhouette generally have shoulders and hips of similar width, while the waistline is significantly smaller. Emphasising a cinched waist and curvy hips with an hourglass figure is a great way to add balance to the overall proportions, and the best dresses to do so with include mermaid dresses, A-line dresses, or sheath dresses with a belt as an accessory. Some women with an hourglass figure may want to hide their curves, but they should avoid trying to drown out their form in a dress that is too large and unflattering.

The Pear Figure

If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you have a pear figure. Those with a pear silhouette often feel “bottom-heavy”, so the trick here is to create the illusion of a balanced-frame. An A-line, empire waist, or ballgown dress will hide your bottom half while pulling focus towards the neck, bust, and shoulders.

The Apple Figure

The main issue that most women find with their apple figure is that they feel top-heavy, with a wide bust, waist, and back. People with apple figures sometimes also feel that their arms and legs are disproportionately slender when compared to their torso. Floor-length A-line and ballgown dresses can be an apple figure’s best friend because of how their corsets cinch the waist and create a more balanced, hourglass figure.

The Athletic Figure

Sometimes also called “rectangular”, this body type often has a long torso that is the same in width from shoulder to hip. Complaints about the athletic figure often include not having enough feminine curves. A simple remedy to this issue is a dress style that shortens and cinches the waist – great examples of this are mermaid-style and ballgown dresses.

Regardless of your size or silhouette, we have something you’ll love. For more information on our products and services, feel free to book an appointment with us or browse through our online catalogue.