Wedding Dress Styles For Every Body Type In 2021

Jennifer Skulski

Published: Mar 11, 2021

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021

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Searching for the best wedding dress styles to compliment your physique? Finding your ideal wedding dress doesn’t have to be stressful. By shopping for a style according to your body type, you’re destined to fall in love with your wedding dress in no time.

You’ve probably been dreaming of this day for years now, but it’s finally time to go wedding dress shopping. While there are so many details to cover when planning your wedding, selecting your wedding dress is a pivotal step.

Whether you’re a seasoned fashionista who’s well-versed in wedding dress styles or you’re simply excited to try on and learn which styles work for you, this blog will inspire and educate you on the various wedding dress styles out there to choose from.

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Wedding Dress Styles In 2021

A-Line

graphic of A-line style wedding dress

A-line wedding dress styles are characterized by the prominent skirt of the dress. These dresses are fitted around the waist then flare down and out to mimic the shape of a capital letter “A.” 

The A-line dress is one of the more versatile dresses as they can complement nearly every body type. While the top of an A-line dress is snug to highlight your curves, the flare of the skirt offers a more forgiving style, making this option both comfortable and elegant for any bride-to-be.

Rebecca Schoneveld ‘Whitney’ A-Line Wedding Dress

This elegant A-line dress features a sweetheart bodice to effortlessly complement the bust. Complete with Spanish floral jacquard fabric, this beautiful gown is sure to stun. 

Shop The Look: Nearly Newlywed

A-line dress from nearly newlywed

A-Line Court Train Tulle Wedding Dress

For some lovely A-line wedding dress styles, consider this tulle design complete with elegant floral appliqué needlework embellishments around the plunging v-neck top and down throughout the skirt.

Shop The Look: Cocomelody

A-line wedding dress from cocomelody
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Trumpet

graphic of trumpet style wedding dress

The trumpet style wedding dress is aptly named to resemble the silhouette of the instrument. These dresses feature a fitted bodice then flare out around mid-thigh length to create a strikingly elegant look.

Wedding dress styles like this one are perfect for those looking to accentuate their curves.  Trumpet dresses best compliment slender body types as they are purposefully form-fitting to highlight one’s natural physique. Those with hourglass figures are best suited for this style.

Dreamy Strapless Lace And Tulle Trumpet Gown

This stunning lace trumpet gown features a plunging, strapless sweetheart neckline with a scallop trim hem. The gown is fitted through the hips for a design that will truly highlight your beautiful figure. 

Shop The Look: Martin Thornburg

trumpet style wedding dress from Martin Thornburg

Margo Trumpet Gown

This sultry wedding gown features an illusion bodice as the elegant lace top is designed to beautifully blend with the natural pigments of your skin. The skirt includes a split cut to highlight your legs as it flows into a lacy train. 

Shop The Look: Enzoani

Margo trumpet gown from Enzoani

Mermaid

graphic of mermaid style wedding dress

This stunning wedding dress style is similar to the trumpet gown yet remains fitted for more of the design. Instead of the skirt flaring around mid-thigh, mermaid dresses are fitted until around the knees. The flaring skirt is traditionally quite distinct as to resemble a dazzling mermaid tail.

The popularity of this dress style continues to rise. Because of their fitted nature, these dresses are designed to outline all of your lovely curves. Mermaid wedding dresses will greatly complement those with full hips and a defined waist. Those with pear or hourglass body types may want to look towards mermaid dresses as one of their ideal wedding dress styles.

Floral Lace Plus Size Mermaid Wedding Gown

Designed to flatter your figure, this mermaid gown features a deep illusion v-neck and a scooped back complete with a series of buttons down the back. Over the tulle fabric, you’ll love admiring the gorgeous sequined lace motif found throughout the gown.

Shop The Look: Maggie Sottero

mermaid style wedding dress from Maggie Sottero

Blaire Mermaid Wedding Gown

Prepare to dazzle in this breathtaking gown complete with a sheer deep-v bodice, keyhole back, and scalloped petal train. The entire gown features lovely embellishments such as pearl and crystal beads and embroidered appliqués. 

Shop The Look: Morilee

Blaire mermaid wedding gown from Morilee

Tea-Length

graphic of tea-length wedding dress

For a short and sweet look that’s hard not to adore, start searching for tea-length wedding dresses. Tea-length hems typically end right above the ankle or a few inches higher. As a fun and more comfortable alternative to a formal wedding gown, tea-length dresses offer a modern appearance.

Tea-length wedding gowns are best to be worn by women on the taller side to complement their height.  Those tall and thin or with rectangular body types are best suited for pulling off a tea-length style gown. Keep in mind that the shorter hemline of this dress will also expose your calves. Wedding dress styles like this one provide you with the perfect opportunity to show off your wedding day heels. 

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Stella York Tea-Length Dress With Tulle Skirt

Featuring a fitted lace sweetheart bodice leading into a lovely tulle skirt, this elegance tea-length dress falls just above the ankles. The top features hand-sewn beading while the back includes Stella crystal buttons that will leave this dress sparkling.

Shop The Look: Essense Designs

tea-length dress with tulle skirt from Essense of Australia

Tea-Length V-Neck Sleeveless Lace Wedding Dress With Illusion Back

With a hem ending a bit below the knees, this tea-length lace dress features a v-neckline, an illusion back, and lovely appliqué embellishments.

Shop The Look: Dorris Wedding

tea-length v-neck sleeveless lace wedding dress from dorris wedding

Ball Gown

graphic of a ball gown style wedding dress

The ever so popular ball gown style features a fitted bodice with a wide, full-length skirt. The “poofy” appearance of this elegant style is typically achieved by layers of tulle on the inside of the flaring skirt.

The wonderful aspect of this timeless wedding dress style is that it complements practically every body type. Pear, rectangle, hourglass, and inverted triangle body types all may find ball gown dresses to be their desired style. Those with a more round or apple body type may want to avoid the ball gown as the style may over accentuate their body shape.

Ball Gown Cathedral Train Tulle Lace Wedding Dress

This absolutely stunning tulle ball gown features a strapless sweetheart neckline covered in elegant lace appliqué embellishments. The back of the gown includes ribbon lace to create a sophisticated corset bodice which extends down into a cathedral length train. 

Shop The Look: Cocomelody

ball gown wedding dress from cocomelody

Lazaro Ball Gown

With its jewel-encrusted sweetheart bodice, its sheer nude netted backline adorned with Swarovski crystals, and its layered horsehair tulle skirt, any bride will feel like a princess in this dazzling ball gown. 

Shop The Look: Nearly Newlywed

Slip

graphic of a slip style wedding dress

For a sexy and confident look, the slip dress is one of the more stunning wedding dress styles to choose from. Traditionally these dresses are held up by spaghetti straps and resemble the relaxed yet sleek look of an underslip. Slip dresses are fitted more loosely yet take on a bold style. Many of these dresses are made of satin and feature a low cut back. 

Slip dresses are designed in such a way to flatter those with a taller or more rectangular body type. The looser fit may also allow for those with wider hips or a pear-shaped body type to enjoy slip dresses as one of their wedding dress styles. 

The Summer Slip Dress

For the silk silhouette of your dreams, consider this elegant bias-cut slip dress featuring a v-neckline and a dazzling low-cut back. Wedding dress styles like this one offer a simple yet sexy wedding day look. 

Shop The Look: Grace Loves Lace

summer slip wedding dress from grace loves lace

Greta Slip Wedding Dress

This sophisticated bias-cut slip dress is held up by thin straps to ever so elegantly drape the silk fabric over your body to hug and highlight your curves. Enjoy the uniquely low-cut cowl backline for a daring yet effortless look. 

Shop The Look: Bo & Luca

slip wedding dress from Bo & Luca

Jumpsuit

graphic of a jumpsuit style wedding dress

For a fun modern style, give some white wedding jumpsuits a try. These stylish dress alternatives will allow for more flexibility, functionality, and comfort throughout your big day. Experience the difference when wearing a single garment that includes both a top and trousers. 

As the unique design of jumpsuits allow them to come in many different styles, you can find a suitable jumpsuit that works for you no matter your body type. The key to finding success in a properly fitted jumpsuit is through the cut of the pant legs. 

Those with apple, pear, or inverted triangle body types will look most stylish in jumpsuits with a loose fit, wide leg cut to create a well-balanced look. Likewise, those with a rectangular or hourglass body type will find that their ideal jumpsuit features a tapered or tight-fitting leg to highlight their curves.

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Ivory Wedding Lace Jumpsuit

This elegant and unique long-sleeved jumpsuit can beautifully pull together your Boho wedding theme idea. With its deep plunge neckline, lovely floral lace design, and wide-leg silhouette, any bride would look stunning in this glamorous jumpsuit.  

Shop The Look: Blush Fashion

Ivory wedding lace jumpsuit by blush fashion

Floor Length Chiffon Lace Wedding Jumpsuit

This dazzling high-neck halter jumpsuit features a knit lace bodice and open keyhole back leading into the wide-leg, soft chiffon pants. For a fresh and stylish look, this beautiful jumpsuit will do any bride justice. 

Shop The Look: Cocomelody

floor length lace wedding jumpsuit by coco melody

Two-Piece

graphic of two-piece style wedding dress

If you’re looking for wedding dress styles that stray from tradition in a unique and stunning manner, a two-piece gown may be of interest. Discover which two-piece style can work for you. By opting for a two-piece design, you’ll get to decide if you want a long skirt, a shorter skirt, a split skirt, or even pants. As for the top, are you interested in a tank top, a tube top, a halter top, long sleeves, lacy, or a combination of different designs?

With two-piece wedding dress sets available in a wide variety of styles, you’ll have the luxury of being able to select the style that most effectively showcases your body type. While this style can be a chance to show off some skin, you can also opt for a high-waisted skirt if you wish to conceal your midriff. The beauty of the two-piece wedding gown is in its versatility as it can flatter every body type and make any bride feel beautiful. 

Behati Two-Piece Wedding Gown

The top of this two-piece gown features a square neckline, sleeves with elastic cuffs, and silk back ties with freshwater pearls. The full circle skirt offers brides with a dramatic silhouette while the crepe de chine waistband beautifully highlights one’s waist. This gorgeous silk gown is designed to catch light just right, making it perfect for a glamorous beach wedding.

Shop The Look: Grace Loves Lace

two piece wedding gown by grace loves lace

Two-Piece Catherine Deane Teagan Top & Corello Skirt

The airy silk top comes complete with a deep-v neckline, a low-cut back, and ruffled cut sleeves. As for the skirt, fall in love with its layers of lace, sparkling beaded embellishments, and flowing silhouette design. 

Shop The Look: BHLDN

two piece silk wedding dress by BHLDN

Say ‘Yes’ To The Dress

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to explore which wedding dress styles are most suitable for your body type, it’s time to take the dressing room by storm. Enjoy your wedding dress shopping experience and have fun modeling your styles for your friends, family, or bridal party.

The more dresses you familiarize yourself with, the closer you’ll get to your dream design. By understanding which wedding dress styles best flatter your body type, you’ll be able to narrow down your wedding dress options with ease.

After falling in love with your dress, don’t forget to style your look with coordinating jewelry, accessories, shoes, and of course your wedding ring. Once you’ve locked down your wedding day style, you’re one giant leap closer to enjoying your big day!

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