The Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body: A Guide to Necklines

by Danielle Salazar February 02, 2018 38 Comments

If you've been a bridesmaid in a wedding, you can totally relate to that feeling of panic as the bride is choosing the dress styles. When you accept the position of a bridesmaid no girl is thinking, "Yes! I'd love to stand in front of a crowd wearing the ugliest dress imaginable that barely holds up my boobs and has literally been riding up all day!” The importance of a flattering neckline is way underrated and can really make or break a girl's confidence. So with that idea in mind, Kennedy Blue designed the best bridesmaid dresses that are extremely flattering (and comfy!) for every shape out there! With this guide to the Kennedy Blue necklines, you are sure to find the best dress for your body type in no time!

 

Quiz: Find your best bridesmaid dress.

Before you dive into all the details of which dress style is perfect for your shape, take this super fun quiz to help determine your perfect style! Don't forget to share the quiz with your friends and leave a comment below with your answer!

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The best bridesmaid dresses for your shape.

Kennedy Blue’s chiffon dress styles are made with style, fit, and comfort in mind so that you’ll never have to feel insecure in front of a crowd. Need help determining the best bridesmaid dress for your figure? Check out the different figures below and see what we suggest to be the best dress for your body type!

 

Petite: If you have an overall small frame, sweetheart necklines such as Parker or Sydney are going to create a flattering shape and subtle cleavage. This strapless look will create some soft, feminine curves that are totally enviable! If you want more support in the bust (or just want to bust some awesome moves on the dance floor!) and the same look as a sweetheart, try our halter dress, Ginger, for a cute and girly look.

Ginger and Parker

 

Big Busted: Just about every busty girl can agree - having a larger chest is a blessing and a curse! Keep your girls supported and comfy in a classic V-neck style. Options such as Faith or Ellie are gorgeous choices that are meant to elongate your neck and torso for a long and lean look. Not to mention, it will give your lady-friends the support they need and the curves you'll love! Don’t want to show cleavage? Try a more modest style such as Quinn.

Quinn and Faith

 

Boxy: Not a lot of curve? We're here to help create a cute, curvy shape! To create a defined shape through your waist, a belted dress is the way to go! Options such as Faith, Spencer, Elena, and Quinn all have a tie at the natural waist to pull it in and create a curvier, less-boxy look!

Elena and Spencer

 

Broad Shoulders: If you have broader shoulders that you're looking to narrow down, You’ll want to go for an option that elongates the neck and draws attention inward toward your waist. Strapped options such as Faith or Quinn are great, A-line styles to cover up your shoulders and put the focus on the bodice. Elena is also flattering as the criss-cross neckline will distract from any upper-broadness.

Quinn and Elena

 

Hourglass: Embrace those curves, girl! Accentuate your bust (not in a trashy way, of course!) and show off that trim waist with sweetheart necklines and belted dresses. Try strapless options like Addison and Poppy or a center-strap look like Ivy. To achieve that classic, old Hollywood silhouette, strapped styles such as Lucy or Chloe are bound to do the trick. Lucky for you, you can wear just about any style and look absolutely killer in it.

Ivy and Addison

 

Baby Bump: If you’re planning to have a bit of a bump at the wedding, you’ll want something with a high waistline. Addison and Ginger are going to be great options as the waistline forms a slight V, which will give more room for your belly. If you need more top coverage, Erica is going to be a flattering pick for your baby bump. Keep in mind that if you’re wearing a knee-length dress for the wedding and will be further than 6 months along, we suggest ordering a full-length dress and having it hemmed up appropriately. Read more style tips for pregnant bridesmaids.

Erica and Ginger

Our most universally flattering dress is:

 

Faith

Faith! You’ve probably heard it a million times, but V-necks are by far the most flattering neckline for almost any figure. The V-shape elongates the neck and torso and beautifully emphasizes an oval face. Not only is it slimming, but it hides broad shoulders, supports a busty chest, creates curves for girls who lack them, and will turn an hourglass shape into perfection! Could it possibly get any better?

Need help finding the best dress for your body type?

Are you still unsure as to which dress styles are the best for you? Feel free to contact a Kennedy Blue Specialist at info@kennedyblue.com and we'd be happy to help walk you through which style would be best for your shape!



Danielle Salazar
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38 Responses

Alyssa
Alyssa

February 20, 2018

This was really helpful! Thanks for the great article.

Alyssa
Alyssa

February 20, 2018

This was really helpful! Thanks for the great article.

Lauryn Aanerud
Lauryn Aanerud

February 17, 2018

This blog is amazing! Very helpful when needing to find a perfect bridesmaids dress for all my ladies. Definitely will consider Kennedy Blue!

Christina Engelter
Christina Engelter

February 10, 2018

I found as soon as I started looking for dresses it was hard to find necklines for each of my girls with different body types! Great article!

Maribel Mendoza
Maribel Mendoza

February 09, 2018

This was so helpful!

Carolyn
Carolyn

February 09, 2018

Very informative! This gives me great ideas!

Amanda Wick
Amanda Wick

February 08, 2018

So helpful!!

Kristin R
Kristin R

February 08, 2018

Agreed

Kayla VanDriel
Kayla VanDriel

February 07, 2018

Sharing with my bridesmaids!

Kendra Buettner
Kendra Buettner

February 07, 2018

Very interesting and helpful! I also love the quiz, fun and informative!

Callie Knudslien
Callie Knudslien

February 07, 2018

Any suggestions for plus-sized bridesmaids? I have a couple of friends who would fall in the category, and I want them to feel comfy and confident too!

Kelly Schumacher
Kelly Schumacher

February 06, 2018

This is wonderful!!!!

Arielle Floyd
Arielle Floyd

February 06, 2018

very informative!

Emilee
Emilee

February 06, 2018

Great quiz! Very fun and helpful!

Meredith
Meredith

February 06, 2018

Love this!!

Christine Benage
Christine Benage

February 06, 2018

Love that slate blue color! So tough to find and this one is perfect!

Heather Newhouse
Heather Newhouse

February 06, 2018

Fun quiz! Helpful for the mix and match look.

Nicome
Nicome

February 06, 2018

Love the versatility of these dresses! My favorite is the Pearl.

Kelly McCune
Kelly McCune

February 06, 2018

My bridesmaids love these dresses so they will be ordering them in slate blue. We can’t wait to get them!

Tiffany Ochoa
Tiffany Ochoa

February 06, 2018

Great article!

Tiffany Ochoa
Tiffany Ochoa

February 06, 2018

Great article!

Lauren Sanford
Lauren Sanford

February 06, 2018

This was such a helpful article!

mg
mg

February 06, 2018

Nice article.. though it would help if your models actually were the shape you’re suggesting the dress for. You say “busty” girls and then show the dresses on tiny models!

Marianne
Marianne

February 06, 2018

Helpful info!

Lacey dickens
Lacey dickens

February 06, 2018

I’m going to have my girls take this! (:

Emily Battles
Emily Battles

February 06, 2018

I am allowing my bridesmaids to pick a style of dress that they feel comfortable in as long as it is available in the color family ☺

Emily
Emily

February 06, 2018

Love all of these dresses

Bethany Nelson
Bethany Nelson

February 05, 2018

This was a good article, it’s good to read about bridesmaids sometimes instead of brides

Ashley B
Ashley B

February 05, 2018

Love the halter dress look!!

Lucy Scherschligt
Lucy Scherschligt

February 03, 2018

What’s the best way to get bridesmaids to agree on a style?

Jessica Rhodes
Jessica Rhodes

February 02, 2018

Good tips! I love how Kennedy Blue offers so many different styles of bridesmaids dresses! I want my girls to wear whatever design they’re most confident in!

Jessica W
Jessica W

February 02, 2018

So helpful and great insight!

Jess lynn
Jess lynn

February 02, 2018

Can’t wait to see them on my girls

Jessica W
Jessica W

February 02, 2018

Fun! So helpful

Deb Freytag
Deb Freytag

February 02, 2018

nice!

Jennifer
Jennifer

February 02, 2018

Love th faith style!!

Emily Battles
Emily Battles

December 28, 2017

Interesting article! I think I’ll have the bridesmaids take the quiz!!

Susan Stephenson
Susan Stephenson

January 17, 2017

what is the best bridesmaid dress style for short and busty?

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Measurement Guide - How to Measure for Your Size

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.

Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.

Bust Size

Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist Size

While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.

Hip size

Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.

Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.