Guest Blog by Gabriella New York
December 17, 2009

Anyone who is anyone in the bridal industry not only knows Gabriella of Gabriella New York. They also love her. Her style savvy, her attention to each and every wedding gown details, her general sense of fabulousness make her one of the most loved fashion professionals in the industry and I am thrilled that she's stopping by for a little visit, chatting about finding the right dress for your body type.

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If only we all looked like those models in the magazines. The fact is, we all have our own unique shape and there is a dress style out there to complement yours. You can find the perfect wedding dress to suit your body type by following a few simple guidelines. The most important thing to remember when shopping for a gown is to keep an open mind and to try on a variety of styles and silhouettes. The goal is to find a dress that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable.

drop waste

by Modern Trousseau and Vera Wang

If you have an hourglass or "curvy" figure, an A-line gown with a dropped waist and a sweetheart neckline is the perfect formula to flatter your figure. This shape will highlight your bust and waist beautifully. If you have a short torso or are "short-waisted", a gown that is fitted through the bodice, such as a dropped-waist silhouette will look gorgeous on you.

wedding dresses

Designs by Saja and Jenny Yoo

If you are petite, you will want to keep it simple by wearing a stunning sheath or modified A-line gown. Your small frame may get lost in a larger, more elaborate gown.


designs by Saja

If your waist is undefined, try an Empire-waist gown, which flows from just under the bust all the way to the floor. This silhouette will have the effect of elongating your body. On the other hand, if you have your heart set on a gown with a defined waist, nothing is better than an old-fashioned corset to really “give” you a waist.

ballgown wedding dresses

designs by Kenneth Pool and Monique Lhuillier

If you are pear shaped, I recommend a strapless ballgown or an empire waist gown. I especially love an empire waist gown that has dramatic beading on the top and a flowy silk chiffon bottom.

ballgown wedding dresses

designs by Amsale and Vera Wang

If you have a voluptuous figure, try an A-line dress or ballgown. I love a colored or beaded sash worn at the natural waist to really show off your figure! Don't be afraid to try a strapless dress, with the correct undergarments, you will have plenty of support and look fabulous!

mermaid wedding gown

designs by Monique Lhuillier and Kenneth Pool

If you are tall and thin, a ball gown or a mermaid gown will work beautifully on you because these silhouettes will visually create a bit more shape to your figure.

Remember, have fun and go with the dress you love!

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Thank you so much, Gabriella, for sharing your infinite wedding dress wisdom with us! I am kind of in love with WAY too many of these gowns and kind of want to get married all over again. All of these gowns were pulled from our Look Book which is filled to the brim with the best wedding dress eye candy a girl could ever want.  And to see the latest runway fashions, click right here!