- Many women with an hourglass figure are larger sizes with a large bust and large hips, but a defined waist.
- Choose a one piece dress (as opposed to a dress that has a separate top and bottom) that has a strapless, v-neck or scooped ,off the shoulder top and an A-line skirt.
- Draw attention to your top half if you are pear shaped. This means you are smaller on the top than you are at the waist and hips.
- Empire waist wedding dresses pull the waist line up under the bust and will help hide wider hips. A strapless top can be flattering as well.An empire waist wedding dress can hide larger hips by drawing attention up to the bust.
- If you are full-figured. Full-figured means you have a large bust, hips and waist.
- The ball gown dress is fitted in the top and middle with a flare to the floor that can disguise your hips. The more traditional ball gown style wedding dress works well on full figured women.Choose a ball gown style or A-line style wedding dress Likewise, an A-line dress fits in the waist and draws out to the floor like the shape of an A. Avoid wearing spaghetti straps as this will add emphasis a larger size.
- A simple A-line wedding dress can flatter the petite bride.
- Wear a simple wedding gown if you are petite. Petite women are often short and thin and wearing something with a full skirt or with multiple gathers can look overwhelming. The best skirt shape is the A-line as it has less fabric. While you should avoid large elaborate dresses, you should also avoid a straight sheath style dress as it will minimize your small size.