Gone are the days of matchy matchy bridesmaid dresses. Mix and match styles are all the rage, and we love the idea of finding the perfect style to flatter every bridesmaid in your bridal party. Everyone's body type is different, and everyone deserves to look their best in their bridesmaid dress! We teamed up with the bridal fashion experts at Joanna August and Azazie to bring you a simple guide for the best bridesmaid dress styles for every body type.
Hourglass: Show off what you got! Araceli Vizcaino-S of Azazie says, "Draw attention to your shape with fitted styles, low necklines, and cinched waistlines." We love the Maren dress for its ultra-flattering waist, and the Newbury gown for its gorgeous neckline.
Curvy: The best way to show off your curves and draw attention to your waist? A wrap dress! Designer Joanna August says, "It will hug you in all the right places and make your waist look teeny tiny - the perfect combo!" The experts at Azazie also love waistbands and one shoulder tops to "draw the attention upward," like the Ashley dress.
Large Bust: Highlight your assets with a dramatic neckline! "Halter necks that are not too close to the neck at the front, boatnecks, or asymmetrical necklines are great," says Vizcaino-S. August also recommends looking for a style that can be worn with a full coverage bra, such as the Aurele dress.
Small Bust: Don't need to wear a bra? August advises you to "take the plunge!" Low necklines or low back styles allow you to "show some skin, and give you the opportunity to show off another feature." We love the Heidi dress for its sexy strappy back. Want to make your bust look larger? Vizcaino-S suggests a "wrap bodice or high neck halter, like the Kailyn dress," and August recommends a style with a ruffle to add volume, like the Portia gown.
Athletic: For a long, lean, straight up and down figure, August loves a column style bridesmaid dresses, like the Casey dress. "This look is elegant and can be belted to create the illusion of curves." Vizcaino-S also recommends "a dress that is full below the waist, in order to help you look curvier, and a neckline that draws in toward the neck, rather than out toward the shoulders." An example of this flattering style would be the Iman gown.
Pear: For pear shaped girls, August suggests "a style with a well defined waist and a flowy skirt to create a more elongated silhouette," like the Dorian gown. Similarly, Viscaino-S advises you to go for styles "with minimal fabric in the skirt, and necklines that draw the attention upwards to your decollatage and face!"
At the end of the day, you should wear what makes you feel beautiful, whether it's a gown with a classic sweetheart neckline or something edgy and fashion forward. It's all about what makes YOU feel good! So get out there, and get shopping!