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The Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaids

Athletic  |  Petite  |  Busty  |  Broad Shoulders  |  Fuller Figures  |  Maternity  |  Universally Flattering Styles

No one knows your body better than you do, so pick a bridesmaid dress that accentuates your unique body type in the best way possible! Lucky for you, our these bridesmaid dresses are designed with a variety of body types in mind.

While any dress can be for any body, certain styles might feel more comfortable for you based on your body type. We want to help you find a bridesmaid dress that will accentuate the areas that you want and not the ones that you don’t. Let us help you find the dress that makes you feel the most confident on your loved one’s big day!

Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Body Type

Don’t get intimidated when it comes to finding dresses that'll best flatter your figure! There are so many styles, shapes, and necklines of bridesmaid dresses, there’s definitely a perfect options for you. With the right dress you can make sure you show off your favorite physical features and distract from the features that you feel less confident about. We created this guide to help you choose the best bridesmaid dresses for your body type!

Athletic: Bridesmaid Dresses for Rectangle Body Shape

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! 

1) Belted or Accentuated Waistlines


Belted Bridesmaid Dresses: ShannonLucaDottie

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!

2) A Line Dresses with V Neck (Fitted Bodice, Flowing Skirt)


A-Line V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: CameronKristen, and Uma

Combining v-necklines with belted waists flatters any body type, especially athletic figures! 

Petite Bridesmaid Dress Styles

Bridesmaids with a petite body type often look to find dresses that fit their small fame and emphasize their subtle curves. Below are a few elements to look for in a bridesmaid dress that will flatter your body type beautifully.

1) Sweetheart Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses


Sweetheart Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses: Haley, Zoey, and Lisa

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.

2) V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses


Kennedy Blue V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: Elizabeth, Iris, and Uma

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! 

Busty Bridesmaids: Bridesmaid Dresses for Large Busts

Just about every busty girl can agree - having a larger chest is a blessing and a curse! Deciding whether you want to accentuate your chest or cover it 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:

1) For Accentuation: V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses 

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V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: Rose, Kimmy, and Ryan

If you're looking to accentuate your chest, v-necklines are the best way to do it. V-necklines also elongate the neck, enhancing your overall silhouette!

2) For Support & Comfort: Thick Straps


Bridesmaid Dresses With Supportive Straps: Brittany, Katie, and Morgan

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! 

3) For Higher Coverage: High Neck Bridesmaid Dresses 


Kennedy Blue High Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: Faye, Bailey, and Stassi

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! 

Bridesmaid Dresses for 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. One shoulder and v-neck dresses are great for this! Note: sweetheart necklines will accentuate your shoulders, so avoid them if you’re trying to draw attention away. 

1) One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses (Asymmetrical)


Kennedy Blue Asymmetrical Bridesmaid Dresses: Athena, Sutton, and Eloise

One-shoulder bridesmaids dresses are always fun, and they’re fun to look at! The visual interest of an asymmetrical dress will draw attention away from your shoulders.

2) V-Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses


V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: Sophie, Natalie, and Caitlin

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.

Dresses for Fuller Figured Bridesmaids

Fear not! Most of our dresses come in a wide range of sizes. So fuller figured bridesmaids have plenty of options to choose from. We find that most of our plus-size customers love our comfortable and figure flattering A-Line and Empire waistline dresses. Check out some of our favorite styles!

1) A-Line Bridesmaid Dresses


A-Line Bridesmaid Dresses: Jade, Jay, and Maya

A-Line silhouette dresses draw attention to the natural waist, creating an hourglass look. These dresses accentuate both the bust and the hips because they are smallest at the middle point between those two features. This is perfect for a full figure bride who wants to highlight her curves!

2) Empire Bridesmaid Dresses


Empire Waist Bridesmaid Dresses: Thea, Carly, and Allison

An empire waistline dress moves the waistline up to just below the bust. These dresses can help elongate the frame. Since these dresses are only fitted below the bust so they are comfortable and loose around the belly, hips, and legs. Full figured bridesmaids who would rather not draw attention to those parts of their body will love these dresses!

Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses for Pregnant & Postpartum Bridesmaids

Moms-to-be and new moms will appreciate our maternity bridesmaid options. You’ve been working hard to find clothes that keep you comfortable during your pregnancy, so continue that trend while shopping for a bridesmaid dress! We recommend dresses with a high waistline and a flowy skirt!


Kennedy Blue Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses: Ilsa, Drew, and Misty

High waistlines leave room for your growing belly and won't be as restricting! Flowy skirts allow room for growth in your belly, hips, and legs. The flowier the better when it comes to bridesmaid dresses as a pregnant bridesmaid.

Most Universally Flattering 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 a wider variety of body types. I know--a magical bridesmaid dress that looks good on everyone? Tell me more! Below are a few of our favorite dresses that seem to flatter just about everyone who tries them on!

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

Brittany: The Comfortable and Supportive Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Brittany Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Brittany Bridesmaid Dress

Brittany is one of our top sellers across all sizes! The v-neck elongates the frame, the wide waistband creates a small waist, and the long flowy skirt is flattering and comfortable! Plus this dress has wide supportive straps so you could easily wear your favorite bra or go braless.

Jay: The Modern Square Neckline Bridesmaid Dress 

Kennedy Blue Jay Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Jay Bridesmaid Dress

The Jay is a simple, stylish, and modern bridesmaids dress. This gown features a modest square neckline, A-line skirt with a slit, and pockets. We love how the structured and sleek look of this dress really hugs every body type into a beautiful shape.

Faye: The Modest Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Faye Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Faye Bridesmaid Dress

The Faye covers you in all the best places while a keyhole back and leg slit add a little peek of skin! The tie on this dress helps it become fitted to any person’s body!

Sue: The Sleek Fitted Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Sue Bridesmaid Dress

Sue is a luxurious chiffon bridesmaid dress with a fitted silhouette, slit in skirt, cowl neck and keyhole back. All the simple additions on this dress make it flattering to so many body types!

Luca: The Whimsical Flowy Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Luca Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Luca Bridesmaid Dress

It would be a major challenge to find anyone who didn’t look good in the Luca! This dress is slow flowy, provides full coverage (even to the shoulders), and has a tie to accent any waist size. 

Get Help Finding Your Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Whether you’re a short curvy girl, have a full figure that you want to show off, or are a little insecure about your broad shoulders, we have a dress for every type of body and every comfort level! 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!

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Kennedy Blue offers all of our dresses for $150 or less. All 100+ of our styles are offered in 40+ colors, most of our styles have pockets, and we offer inclusive sizing options. Let us help you find the perfect dress for your body type, that flatters your favorite features, and minimizes any parts you feel less-than-confident about.

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

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November 13, 2023 12:04

So helpful! Thank you!!

June 08, 2020 15:48

I wish there was a section for full figured ladies.

April 20, 2018 22:52

Good tips for bridesmaids of all sizes!

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.

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!

March 11, 2018 20:02

so helpful thanks!!

March 11, 2018 19:51

This was a fun read

March 08, 2018 06:29

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

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