The Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

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. Will the dress do all the things you want it to according to your body type? Athletic and looking to accentuate your curves? Petite and want to make your chest appear fuller? Pregnant and need to accommodate the baby bump?

What kind of dresses will do what you want them to do according to your unique body type? Lucky for you, our team at Kennedy Blue designed our dresses with your unique body types in mind. Read on to see the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type! 

The Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

When it comes to finding dresses that'll best flatter your unique figure, the search may seem long and endless. It may seem pretty intimidating if there are certain insecurities that you want to avoid emphasizing in a dress. Believe me, we've all been there, love. Check out this guide on the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type! 

Petite Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids with a petite body type often struggle to find dresses that will emphasize those feminine curves and complement your body type. Here are a few elements to look for in a bridesmaid dress that will flatter your body type beautifully:

  • Sweetheart necklines: If you have an overall small frame, dresses with sweetheart necklines are going to create a flattering shape and subtle cleavage for your body type. We love strapless sweetheart dresses for petite bridesmaids! This strapless look will create some soft, feminine curves that are totally enviable.
  • V-necklines: Petite bridesmaids look fantastic in dresses with v-necklines! V-necklines elongate the neck and narrow the width of shoulders for a very flattering look! Petite frames make wearing low-cut dresses easy and flirty! 

Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

Dresses: (top) Allison in Claret, (left) Ginger in Navy, (right) Thea in Desert Rose

Photographer: Allison Slater Photography

Busty Bridesmaids

Just about every busty girl can agree - having a larger chest is a blessing and a curse! Depending on what you want to do with your larger chest will determine what style of dress you'll want to look for! Check out our recommendations to help you find the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type below:

  • V-necklines: If you're looking to accentuate your chest, v-necklines are the best way to do it. V-necklines elongate the neck and will avoid making your shoulders look broad. 
  • Illusion necklines: If you're not looking to draw attention to your chest but don't want to look drab, lace illusion necklines are the way to go. We love a good sweetheart neckline topped with some beautiful lace illusion! 
  • Thick straps: Want to wear a bra on the big day to keep your chest supported? Find a bridesmaid dress with a v-neckline and thick straps that will keep you supported while also allowing you to wear your favorite bra! 
  • High necklines: There are absolutely stunning dresses with high necklines for all of you busty maids out there who are looking to avoid drawing attention to your chest! 

Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

Dresses: (top) Jade in Slate Blue, (left) Riley in Marine, (right) Milly in Sky

Photographers: (top) Veritas Vineyard Wedding Photographer, (right) Empiria Studios

Athletic Bridesmaids

Not a lot of curve? We're here to help create a cute, curvy shape! There are several ways to accentuate your waist and bust to help create that feminine shape you're looking for! 

  • Belted waistlines: One of the best way to accentuate your curves if you have an athletic body type is to find dresses with belted waistlines. The belt creates a distinct outline that will flatter your body type beautifully!
  • V-necklines: Combining v-necklines with belted waists flatters any body type, especially athletic figures! 

for athletic bridesmaids

 Dresses: (top) Cameron in Fog, (left) Ryan in Ivory, (left) Pearl in Slate Blue

Photographers: (top) Stephanie Kase Photography, (right) Whims and Joy Photography

Bridesmaids with Broad Shoulders

When it comes to finding the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type, the search can seem hopeless sometimes. But fret not! We have some expert advice for you! 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.

If you have broad shoulders, sweetheart necklines should be avoided because they do accentuate how broad your shoulders appear! 

  • V-necklines: Out of everything you can do to slim down your shoulders, wearing a dress with a v-neckline is the best way to do it. V-necklines elongate the neck and draw attention to your waist.

best bridesmaid dresses for your body type

 Dresses: (top) Gabby in Bourdeaux, (left) Iris in Sea Glass, (right) Riley in Blush

Photographers: (top) Emily Fritz Photography, (right) Saje Photography

Hourglass Bridesmaids

Embrace those curves, girl! Finding dresses that accommodate all the curves can be difficult, but we have a few recommendations for you! If you're looking to complement your bust and slim waist, we have a few suggestions for you and the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type below:

  • Sweetheart necklines: Sweetheart necklines look great on bridesmaids with big busts because they accentuate the chest while still adding a flirty, playful element to every dress.
  • Fitted tops: Dresses with fitted tops and flowy skirts make it easier to accommodate your curves since you won't have to worry as much whether or not the skirt will fit your hips well. Fitted tops also help accentuate your slim waist! 

best bridesmaid dresses for your body type

 Dresses: (top) Parker in Navy, (left) June in Cornflower, (right) Mackenzie in Dove

Photographer: Nyk and Cali Photography

Pregnant Bridesmaids

Knowing you're going to be pregnant on the big day can cause some stress to bridesmaid dress shopping. Believe me, we've heard it all. The biggest stressor for a lot of pregnant bridesmaids is the fact that their bellies won't be the same size that they were when they originally bought their bridesmaid dresses! If you have any questions on what size to order as a pregnant bridesmaid, feel free to contact us

  • High waistlines: This is a super important element to look for when you're looking for bridesmaid dresses as a pregnant bridesmaid. Why? High waistlines leave room for your growing belly and won't be as restricting! 
  • Flowy skirts: The flowier the better when it comes to bridesmaid dresses as a pregnant bridesmaid. Flowy skirts allow room for growth in your belly, hips, and legs.

Dresses: (top) Thea in Bourdeaux, (left) Ginger in Emerald, (right) Milly in Mint

Photographers: (top) Felicia the Photographer, (right) Katie Webb Photography

Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Body Type

Although there are styles that look best on certain body types, there are definitely styles out there that look good on every body type. I know--a magical bridesmaid dress that looks good on everyone? Tell me more! 

One thing we will always stand by is that v-necklines look good on everyone! V-necklines are very slimming and elongate the neck. We love a good v-neckline on a dress! 

Dresses: (top) Amelia in Bourdeaux, (left) Lydia in Rosewood, (right) Poppy & Mackenzie in Sage

Photographers: (top) Duke Photo, (right) Russell Heeter Photography

Conclusion

What it all boils down to is finding dresses that make you feel comfortable and beautiful. That is the single most important element to any dress--how it makes you feel!

Kennedy Blue offers all of our dresses for $150 or less. All 100+ of our styles are offered in 40+ colors (plus, most of our styles have pockets). Check out our extensive collection of dresses here!  

Which styles were your favorites? What are your tips on finding the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type? 

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Leslie
June 08, 2020 15:48

I wish there was a section for full figured ladies.

Tracy
April 20, 2018 22:52

Good tips for bridesmaids of all sizes!

Addie
April 11, 2018 15:26

Helpful article!

Mac Watson
March 13, 2018 23:35

Beautyful Post..
I love your bridal collection,you can choose your best Bridal Gowns Nyc.

Wendy
March 12, 2018 11:41

This was helpful!

Amy Z
March 11, 2018 20:06

This article was so helpful! Learning about what makes a dress comfortable and flattering will definitely help in my search!

Janna
March 11, 2018 20:02

so helpful thanks!!

Angela
March 11, 2018 19:51

This was a fun read

Lexi
March 08, 2018 06:29

This has been super helpful and I know my bridesmaids will use this!!

Kaytlan Sisk
March 06, 2018 14:00

This article was so helpful! My wedding is June 1 and my bridesmaids all have different body types and trying to find a variety of styles has been a challenge! I’m so glad I found Kennedy Blue. Your dresses are GORGEOUS!

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