Figure-flattering wedding guest dresses to suit every body shape 

A wedding invitation pops through the letterbox and you think great! It’s the best excuse to buy a new dress, right? While most of us think of shopping as a form therapy, finding the perfect dress for a wedding can often be downright stressful. Ever wonder why a dress looks different on the rail than it does when it's tried on? Because different body types will fill out that dress differently. It’s all about knowing and owning the shape of your body.

Every woman is blessed with a unique and beautiful body, and has an equally unique fashion sense, which can make finding ‘the one’ difficult. But, by figuring out your specific body shape, you’re one step closer to finding clothes that fit perfectly – it’s like winning the lottery! Now, if finding your body shape seems like a daunting task – it is kind of intimidating – don’t worry, because we’ve broken it down for you into four of the most common body types. From apple and pear to athletic and hourglass, here are the most figure-flattering frocks guaranteed to have you looking and feeling your best.

If you possess a smaller bust and broad shoulders that are roughly the same width as your waist and hips, then you have an athletic shape.

The great thing about this body shape is that you can wear almost anything – most models have this body shape, FYI. To sculpt your silhouette, opt for lower necklines to show off your décolletage and create the illusion of a shapely bust. A fitted number that cinches your midsection will create the illusion of a smaller waist, while ruffles are also foolproof way to add volume to your silhouette.

Apple-shaped ladies will have their shoulders, waist and hips roughly the same size in width.

The goal for apple-shaped ladies is to even out your proportions, and create the illusion of a more shapely waist if there isn’t one. A fitted waist, cropped length and accentuated neckline help create more even proportions.


You’re a super-sexy pear shape if you posses narrow shoulders and a smaller bust, but have a shapely bum, hips and thighs.

The goal is to balance your upper body to your lower half. Dresses with detail on the neckline and sleeves help pull the focus upwards and balance your silhouette, as do fit-and-flare dresses that skim the hips and thighs. Try to avoid anything with pockets or that is tight-fitting around the hips and thighs.

Ladies with an ample bust and curvaceous hips, a well-defined waist and statuesque legs are hourglass shaped.

Lucky lasses with an hourglass body shape can pull off pretty much any style. Fitted dresses that nip in at the waist are great for flaunting your curvy figure, just be sure to avoid anything that is too dramatic around the neckline or bottom, as this will throw your proportions out of sync.

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