By Yemi Suleiman

Choosing a wedding dress can look like a terrifying process sometimes. Firstly, there are different types or styles of wedding dresses out there that can be overwhelming. The question is, how do you chose a dress which is supposed to make you look (and feel) like the most beautiful you’ve ever felt or looked?

It helps to know your body type and which wedding dress would best flatter your body shape.

You could be pear shaped, or top heavy or even slender. The idea is to always opt for something you are comfortable with and something that your body fits into. It’s not about how expensive the material of the gown is. The most important thing is that it makes you feel at ease and you’re personally happy about your choice.

Once you have figured out your body shape, then you can move on to choosing the style of your gown, whether it will be empire cut, ball gown, sheath, mermaid or A-line.

Next thing you have to also consider is the neckline of your gown. Again, it is better to choose something you feel relaxed and comfortable in. To make your search easier, we have put together a handy guide, with different types of dresses, to help you in making the right choice, whiles taking your body shape into consideration.

Glamorous Mermaid-Style

Marmaid wedding dress by Kosibah
Credit: Marmaid wedding dress by Kosibah

A pair of chandelier earrings and a sparkly cuff would look stunning with a fitted mermaid dress, and strapless styles look amazing with a glitzy necklace. Choose dazzling hair pieces to finish the look, these especially suit dark hair because they will really catch the light and stand out.

For a Bateau Neckline


Necklaces with a little length suit this retro style for a modern-day comeback. Go for strands of translucent crystals that drape over the neckline and allow skin and fabric to peek through. Don’t be afraid to layer several pieces. As for your earrings, choose a slight drop in a similar stone.

Strapless Neckline 

Photo by Mai Atafo
Photo by Mai Atafo

Bold multistrand necklaces, bejeweled bibs, and even classic pearls go exquisitely with this dress shape.

A-Line Wedding Dress


A-line gown or one with long or short sleeves like, then a tiara is a great choice.

For a Sweetheart Neckline

Ball gown by Yemi Kosibah
Credit: Ball gown by Yemi Kosibah

This collar beautifully mirrors the curves on a sweetheart bodice. A pair of crystal and pearl button earrings and necklace adds glitz.

For a One-Shoulder Neckline

Aline dress by Kosibah
Aline dress by Kosibah

The diagonal sweep of this fashion-forward shape is a statement all its own and requires little embellishment. Forgo a necklace and slip on a pair of light-catching earrings and an oversize cuff.  Wear your bracelet on the arm that’s bare.




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