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How to Find Bridesmaids Dresses For All Body Types

by Aubrey Bach
Help find dresses your bridesmaids will love

You found your wedding dress, but now comes the hard part: finding one dress that not only compliments your wedding dress, but also makes everyone in your wedding party look great. That’s a tall order, we know. But have no fear! We have a few pieces of advice to help you find bridesmaids dresses for all body types so that your bridesmaids all look and feel amazing.

The good news: you don’t have to do this alone. In fact, you shouldn’t. Your bridesmaids can and should be part of the process. Sit down with them (or have a group video chat if you have assembled a cross-country team of bridesmaids) and discuss what style or pattern they would like to wear on your wedding day. It might even be helpful to start a private Facebook group or Pinterest board to share links and photos. The final decision is always yours, but getting them involved in the selection process will make them feel included and empowered.


The style of the dress does not have to be the same for every bridesmaid. The growing trend of picking a few styles in one color not only gives the bridesmaid a chance to find a dress that fits her body, but also fits her personality.

Dress shopping can be hard for a lot of ladies. They start thinking about what they want to cover up. Turn that conversation around by focusing on what makes each of your ladies feel beautiful and work on finding styles that emphasize that.

Once you’ve taken the above into account its time to find dresses to fit the different body types of  your bridal party.

Shift dresses look great on triangle shaped bridesmaids

Embroidered organza shift dress,


This category means that your hips are wider than your shoulders. The style that best fits this shape include dresses that feature the shoulders and nip in at the waist. So, look for simple straight lines, A-line, or shift dresses.

empire waist dresses look great on rectangle shapes

Willow dress by jenny Yu,


This category means that there’s little difference between the width of your hips and shoulders, and you don’t have a defined waist. The style that best fits this shape includes dresses that help create a waist. So, lean towards empire and shift dresses.

great bridesmaid dress for an hourglass figure

Alexa dress,


This category means that your hips and bust are the same width, and you have a clearly defined waist. This shape is common, and easy to work with – a lot of silhouettes work. But it’s best to avoid anything that is too structured.

Empire waist dresses for round shaped bridesmaids

Jenny Yu ‘Keira’ Convertible Strapless Chiffon Dress, Nordstrom


This category means that you have an average to big bust, a little fullness in the middle and great legs. A-line dresses, short dresses, and dresses that emphasize shoulders work best for this body shape.


These are common body shape categories, but every woman is beautifully different. These four shapes are a great place to start. What’s the most flattering bridesmaid’s dress you’ve ever seen? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!


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