Choosing Your Dream Dress even with an ‘awkward’ body shape.

If you feel that your body is an awkward shape, you’re not alone.

These ‘weird’ body senses seem to prick-up even more once you begin searching for your wedding dress.

I can assure you that it’s quite normal…

after 15 years as a bridal dressmaker, every BODY that I’ve fitted, is uniquely shaped.

Finding out what your body shape is, is the key to choosing a wedding dress that’s right for your shape. And it holds the promise you’ll look fantastic and be more confident once you embrace your unique shape.

…So do you know what your body shape is?

Read on to determine what’s YOUR most similar shape, so you can see if it’s the right way for you to begin finding your dream dress.

Love, Janice xx
Your Dream Dress Maker

“No matter how much I exercise, my hips and bum won’t shift.”

You are a Pear Shape if your hips and bum are larger than your boobs.

You have a nicely defined waist. You have slim arms and shoulders.

For most of us, this is one of the most common body shapes, whether you are short or tall, petite or a little heavier.

The main aim for pear shaped brides is to reduce the emphasis on your larger derrière but not by frantically exercising.

We want to draw the eye up to the upper half of the body by choosing design styles with soft collars, ruffles or cap sleeves, plunging V-necks and cowl necks.

By doing this it gives the impression of slimming down your hips and bum.

A-line style silhouettes look fantastic on you, as they draw attention to your narrow waist…

so show off your wonderful self on your wedding day.


“I hate my bulging tummy, so I always wear baggy tops to hide it”

You are an Apple Shape if your waist measurement is larger than your bust and hips.

Being an apple is YOUR perfectness – just like any other body shape – so be proud of your full figure and get ready to flaunt it!

Apples tend to have full, round boobs!

So your cleavage is a friend (or two) to draw attention away from your tummy.

Empire cut dresses are great for disguising your tummy.

Your small pert bum and hips mean you can’t really rock fitted dress styles.

But slide into an A-line dress and it’ll skim your hips just beautifully.


“I am top-heavy and it’s extremely challenging to find a normal dress (let alone my wedding dress) that will fit my big boobs!”

Similar to an Apple shape, you are an Inverted Triangle Shape if you have big boobs in proportion to your hips OR broad shoulders, but with a small bust and small hips.

Many women seem to be a mix of these two groups and can share many similar styling tips because of the narrow hips and wider upper half. So your main goal should be to add more volume around your bottom half to balance out your frame.

Here’s what you can achieve that can help your ‘top-heavy’ shape appear more balanced and therefore make you feel and look like a princess.

Your best look is to find a gown with a fuller skirt base or with fullness over the hips to pull in your waistline and so ‘balance’ out the top half of your body by exaggerating the bottom half.

A strapless gown will look great on you as it will draw the eye to your top half, where you’re being cinched-in at the “empire” line, which is above the natural waist (under the bustline) and by adding fashionable straps it can give the gown a classic touch as well as giving the extra support needed for the day.

This fitted bodice silhouette is also great for shorter brides because the raised waistline can create the appearance of added height.


“My waist measurement is really small compared to my hip measurements. What style would be best for me?”

You’re an Hourglass Shape when you have a well defined narrow waist and your boobs and hips are similar in size.

You have amazing curves — it’s time to embrace them in body-hugging silhouettes and pieces that hit you in all the right places.

With your well defined figure ratio of bust/waist/hips, a classic mermaid style will suit nicely as you want something that will elongate your body but also hug your gorgeous figure.

Not that you need to, but you can exaggerate your figure even more with figure-hugging tops and wide skirts, which will be the height of the spectacular event!


“My body is straight up and down! How do I look like I have more curves?”

You are a Rectangle Shape if you are evenly proportioned.

You tend to be tall and lean and you may find your waist is not as defined since your bust, waistline and hips are around the same size. Lots of dress styles will look amazing on you.

Choose dresses that clinch in your waist, creating for you a slimmer and more curvier look.

You can pretty much have your pick …

A-line, a nice high waist definition (empire waist) in a dress will work to make your waist look slimmer.

High necklines work well on you, as do halter tops and boob tubes with sweetheart necklines and scooped necklines that show off your fabulous collarbones and shoulders.

You might worry that you have small or average boobs, little waist definition and a flat bum, but you actually have one of the easiest body types that can wear just about anything!


Identifying how to dress your body shape is being true to your uniqueness and feeling great in your shape.

It means you can confidently go into any bridal boutique and look stunning as you try on silhouettes that match your body.

If YOUR dress is not out there, then you can always have it made from scratch!

It’s not as difficult as you think, and very achievable for a skilled dressmaker like myself to make it for you.

If you live close to Perth, you’re welcome to arrange a visit to my studio where I can help you take the vision from your head and create it in real life.

Love, Janice xx
Your Dream Dress Maker

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