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

by Danielle Salazar July 08, 2014 1 Comment

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!

The Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Shape

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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!

Best Bridesmaid Dress Styles for Petite Shapes

Petite: If you have an overall small frame, sweetheart necklines such as Addison 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, Violet, for a cute and girly look.

Best Bridesmaid Dress Styles for a Big Bust

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 Chloe 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.

Best Bridesmaid Dress Styles for Boxy Shapes

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 Chloe, Spencer, Audrey, and Quinn all have a tie at the natural waist to pull it in and create a curvier, less-boxy look!

Best Bridesmaid Dress Styles for Broad Shoulders

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 Chloe or Quinn are great, A-line styles to cover up your shoulders and put the focus on the bodice. Audrey is also flattering as the criss-cross neckline will distract from any upper-broadness.

Best Bridesmaid Dress Styles for an Hourglass Shape

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 Sydney or a one shoulder look like Spencer. 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.

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 Lucy 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, Audrey 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.

Our most universally flattering dress is:

The Best Bridesmaid Dress for ANY Body Type!

Chloe! 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 and we'd be happy to help walk you through which style would be best for your shape!

Danielle Salazar
Danielle Salazar


1 Response

Susan Stephenson
Susan Stephenson

January 17, 2017

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

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Measurement Guide

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.

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.

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

Choosing your correct size

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. 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.