What is Your Wedding Dress Style?

Thick Waist

Do:  Empire waist, A-line, tiered skirts; Necklines – Any pretty, or decorative neckline will focus eyes away from the waist

Don’t:  Princess line, basque1 waist or dropped waist; Necklines – Avoid plain necklines such as bateau2 or unadorned short scoops


Broad Shoulder / Big Busted

Do:  Ball gown or A-line; Necklines – V-neck or plunging neckline

Don’t:  Empire waist; Necklines – strapless or spaghetti straps


Full Figured (Round)

Do:  Ball gown or A-line; Necklines – V-neck or plunging neckline

Don’t:  Empire waist or sheath; Necklines – strapless or spaghetti straps



Do:   A-line or drop waist full; Necklines – sweetheart or V-neck

Don’t:  Empire or ball gown


Bottom Heavy (Pear Shaped)

Do:  A-line, basque1 waist or ball gown; Necklines – strapless, soft round or scooped

Don’t:   Sheath; Necklines – V-neck


Short Waist

Do:  Princess or A-line; Necklines – Portrait or Halter

Don’t:   Sheath


1A basque waist is a style of waistline found on women’s formal dresses, including wedding gowns. This typically begins just below or at the wearer’s actual waist, and then the center plunges downward to form a ‘V’ or ‘U’ shape. These shapes tend to accentuate the hips. The basque waist is also known as the dropped V waist.

2A bateau neck is a straight neckline that stretches across the collarbone to each shoulder. This neckline is also called a boatneck, as bateau is the French word for boat. The name refers to what is thought to be the origin of the bateau neck — the striped French sailor shirt. This thick cotton t-shirt style with thin stripes of navy and cream or white is what many people think of when picturing the look of a bateau neckline or boat neck.