BRIDAL GURU / Dec 15, 2021


As a bride-to-be, you're probably wondering what the best wedding dresses are for your body type. There are so many options out there—so what's the perfect silhouette for you?

While we're big advocates to wear whatever your heart desires, we understand that may not be the answer you're looking for.

So today, we're focusing on the best wedding dresses for the curvy bride. If that's you, here are five dresses that would make your partner swoon.

1. Long-Sleeve Ball Gown

Okay, perhaps it's too bold to say that a long-sleeve ball gown is the best wedding dress ever, but it's super on-trend this year—and perfect for a glamorous wedding.

Ball gowns offer oh-so-flattering silhouettes. They cinch at the waist and then flow into a beautiful full skirt. It veils the hips and legs while accentuating an hourglass shape. However, if you're a short bride, we recommend avoiding one with a skirt that's too big—otherwise, it may overwhelm your figure.

Long sleeves are great if you're a bit self-conscious about your arms. We recommend choosing mesh or lace sleeves, so your beautiful arms aren't completely hidden. Plus, it's a great opportunity to show off some feminine embroidery.

For a statement dress like this, we recommend throwing your hair in an updo. Let's not hide that stunning face of yours! Top with a tiara to really create a royal look.

Long-Sleeve Ball Gown

Get the look: style GL1937 | Cut-Away Shoulder Sheer Sleeve Embroidered Sweetheart Mesh Wedding Gown

2. Off-the-Shoulder A-Line Gown

When it comes to picking the best wedding dress for you, you'll need to consider necklines—it can totally change the way your bust, neck, and face looks. Plus, it can help offset other body parts, like wider hips.

We're big fans of off-the-shoulder and boat necklines because they offset wider hips while emphasizing an hourglass shape. Off-the-shoulder sleeves also add some coverage if you don't want your arms entirely on display.

Paired with an A-line skirt, and you may have found the perfect dress for your big day! A-line dresses are flattering on all body shapes. This silhouette cinches the waist and then flares out to create an A shape, much like the ball gown. It accentuates all the good—leaving you feeling super confident on your big day.

Off-the-Shoulder A-Line Gown

Get the look: style GL1936 | Embroidered Bodice Cut-Away Shoulder Glitter Mesh Wedding Gown

3. A-Line Dress with Cap Sleeves

To find the best wedding dress for you, you'll have to try on a few dresses. If you aren't a fan of the off-the-shoulder or long sleeves, try a gown with cap sleeves. Cap sleeves broaden your shoulders to emphasize an hourglass shape like off-the-shoulder sleeves. Pairing them with an A-line skirt will create a slimming effect.

Cap sleeves also create a royal feel. We've seen Kate Middleton rocking the A-line dresses with cap sleeves a lot lately—and we're loving it!

If you're looking for a flattering neckline, find a dress with a sweetheart neckline. This will also add to the romantic feel of this look. Plus, it leaves your collarbone to be the perfect canvas for a dazzling necklace. Or, leave it bare for a bold look.

A-Line Dress with Cap Sleeves

Get the look: style GL2823 | Lace Embellished Bodice A-Line Wedding Gown

4. Mermaid Dress with Detachable Layer

If you're looking for a tighter-fitting dress to embrace your curves, then a mermaid dress would be an excellent option for you. It hugs your body until the knees and then flares out. Va-va-voom!

Some brides opt to add a detachable layer to add coverage to the backside. We recommend choosing one that's mesh or lace—another perfect opportunity to show off some stunning embroidery.

Another area you can add coverage is the neckline. Illusion V-necks are very popular these days—you get the sexiness of a deep-V without sacrificing coverage or support.

With this regal look, we recommend accessorizing with shoulder-grazing earrings, a statement necklace, or bedazzled bracelet. After all, it's your day to shine!

Mermaid Dress with Detachable Layer

Get the look: style GL1903 | Illusion V-Neck Sheer Side and Back Mermaid Wedding Gown w/ Detachable Mesh Layer

5. Chiffon Dress with High Neckline

Ultimately, the best wedding dress for you needs to be something you feel comfortable in. If you have a bigger bust and want more coverage and support, you may want to look for a gown with a high neckline. This will also allow you to wear a bra. (For more on undergarments, check out this post.)

🌟 Bonus points: high necklines elongate the body. If you're a short bride, this may be something you're looking for.

A drapey material like chiffon is perfect for a high-neckline wedding dress. We love how flattering it falls on the body! Brides also love this fabric for its comfort and breathability.

If you're looking to dial up the heat, why not rock a side slit to show off those legs. That'll surely keep all eyes on you!

Chiffon Dress with High Neckline

Get the look: style GL1952 | Embroidered Bodice Chiffon Long Dress w/ Sheer Back

🌷 Time to Find the Best Wedding Dress For You

We hope these five wedding dresses got you excited about trying some on yourself! If you're looking for more options, we have a full bridal gallery for you to explore. Happy shopping!

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