Great Ideas For Bridesmaids Dresses (by shape)

posted on 6 August 2012 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice


It’s only fair that each of your bridesmaids feels fantastic as she follows you down the aisle. Most of the time bridesmaids’ dresses follow one particular style, regardless of the woman wearing them, which of course they do because they love you.

But what if you chose a colour you liked and then picked a different dress for each of your bridesmaids, dependent on individual body shape or style?

Here are some ideas:

Voluptuous in the breast department – a V-neck line works best with wide straps. The V shouldn’t be too deep or the straps too thin.

Pear-shaped – a one-shoulder cocktail style dress with a sweetheart line; the idea being that the strap draws the eye away from the hips; or a just-below-the-bust waistline with an A-line skirt.

Curvaceous – rather than trying to hide fuller bodies in poufy dresses that end up making the wearer feel like a Christmas tree, try a body silhouette that will feature the curves, with a V-neckline

Thin as a rake – try something that is ruffled, yet comes in at the waist like a strapless A-line with ruffles in the skirt and chest.

Hourglass – a tea length (just below the knee) halter neck that hugs the chest but falls into a flared skirt from a tight waist. If she is also short, then the length will not work (too long).

Short – knee-length cocktail dress with heels.

Pregnant or overly tummy conscious – a pencil skirt to just above the knee teamed with a one shoulder blouse that ruffles at the neckline and falls gently to fit at the hips, with feminine falls in which a tummy can be disguised.

Tall – a column style long dress (if all the way to the floor is going to completely contradict the other bridesmaids then have it tea length) with flat shoes.

Will usually work for anyone – the classic A-line cocktail dress with spaghetti straps and a waistline just below the bust. If your bridesmaids are upper arm conscious, provide a bolero style lace jacket or pashmina scarf.

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What Do You Think?

  1. 1 Oct 2013
    Zah says

    Wow really love this dress foe my bride maids. Who is the designer? Can u please email me the front of this dress.

    • 1 Oct 2013
      The Tie The Knot Team says

      Hi Zah, we’re not sure who designed this dress unfortunately.

  2. 14 Aug 2013
    Jenna says

    I really love this dress and would love for my bridesmaid to wear this!! please let me know asap who the designer is

  3. 17 Jan 2013
    Reba says

    i really love the dress you have for the cover of this web site but i would to see the front of the dress is there any chance you can send me a picture of the front dress its the pink dress with a zipper on the back with a bow.

    • 17 Jan 2013
      The Tie The Knot Team says

      Hi Reba! So glad you like it. Unfortunately we don’t have a pic of the front of the dress. Happy planning xx

  4. 29 Dec 2012
    Morgan says

    I love the bridesmaids dresses you have pictured above. Who is the designer?


    • 11 Jan 2013
      Jenny says

      The bridesmaid dresses above are GORGEOUS! What does the front look like?