Wedding Dress Fit Guide

Choose a Dress for Your Body Type
Use these tips to identify your body shape and find the most flattering fit—whether you're the bride, bridesmaid, or mother of the bride or groom.
To accurately assess your body type, you'll need to measure yourself first. Get our expert tips for at-home measuring with our easy diagram instructions and Fit Fundamentals video.
Body type: straight. Less definition between bust, waist and hips.
Fitted sheaths and classic shifts play up your lines, while Empire waists and A-line silhouettes help create curves. To play up a dramatic silhouette, look for dresses with decorative embroidery, gathering or patterns along the upper body.
Body type: pear. Smaller on top, fuller at the hips and rear.
Dresses with fitted, open-neck or strapless tops accentuate your upper body and draw the eye up, while ball gowns and A-lines help minimize hips. An Empire waist marks the smallest point of your figure, creating a line that flows away from your lower half.
Body type: hourglass. Curvy, with full bust, defined waist and full hips.
Classic sheaths with fitted waists, ball gowns and mermaid silhouettes all show off your classic curves. Avoid an excessive display of ruffles or tiers.
Body type: apple. Narrowest point is above the natural waist, at the ribs.
Empire waists draw the eye up, taking attention away from the middle and allowing for a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus upward, while full and A-line skirts create an hourglass illusion.
Body type: full bust. Bust is fuller than hips and rear.
Classic V-neck and halter styles draw the eye downward for a symmetrical effect. A-line styles, full skirts and details at the hem help balance out your bottom half. Look for structured bodies and built-in corsets for additional support.
Body measurements for bust, waist and hips.
For accurate body measurements, always keep the tape parallel to the floor when measuring and wear undergarments only. Once you know your body measurements, check our fit guide above and the size charts on our product pages to determine which style and size is right for you.
Dress measurements from center of dress and shoulder of dress.
Measure the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side to find the natural crease of your waist. Measure the circumference at this point.
Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, measure around the fullest part of your hips and rear.
Dress measurements from center of dress and shoulder of dress.
Measure from top center front of the dress to its hem.
Measure from the highest part of the dress's shoulder to its hem.
Body type: petite. Petite sizes are designed for women 5'4" and under.
Find out how to take the best measurements at home so you get a perfect-fitting dress every time.
Fit Fundamentals video. How to find the best-fitting dress.