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Shape Special: Pear-shaped brides

Are you tiny on top with a bigger bottom half? Let editor-at-large Peta Hunt solve your dress dilemmas with her pick of the 21 best bridal gowns for pear-shaped brides-to-be...

Are you tiny on top with a bigger bottom half?

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Celebrate your shape! Highlight your smaller top half and balance out your figure with a full skirt.

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Wedding dress Dos Look for a skirt that gradually flares out in an A-formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Prom-dress and fairy-tail styles will do the same thing. A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V-neckline will showcase a more slender upper body.

Wedding Dress Don’ts A fishtail dress will generally emphasise your lower half and make you look unbalanced. Floaty dresses can be difficult too as you will need to find one that matches your proportions. It may fit your bottom half, but it could look too big on the top.

Keep in mind A classic A-line silhouette lends itself to formal weddings, but it can easily be dressed down in a more casual fabric.

Words by Felicity Landrock

Wedding dress pictured: jasminebridal.com

Winning Number

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You’ve got to love the embellishment on the halter neck on this dress; accessorise with a pretty headband to keep it simple.

alfredangelobridal.co.uk

Bowtastic

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The shape of this dress hits all the right notes and the huge bow also draws the attention away from your hips.

angela-vickers.co.uk

Lady Lace

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This dress will really show off your slender top half. The full skirt will skim over your hips and is full enough to keep an A-line shape.

rosaclara.es

Something Slinky

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The gradual A-line of the skirt and the higher waistline on this gown is perfect for pears. Team with a sparkly jacket for evening-do-cool.

alfredsungbridals.com

Ballet Bride

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If you love the ballet look like we do, you’ll adore this grown-up version. And plie…

cymbeline.com

Classic Beauty

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This is a great traditional number that will cinch and show off in all the right places.

veromia.co.uk

Top of the Class

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We adore everything about this dress, the sleeves, the neckline, the floaty skirt…

Jesus Peiro at whitemischiefbridal.co.uk

Pretty Cool

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The great shoulders on this dress balance out the A-line skirt and give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

albertaferretti.com

Origami Style

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We love the pleated fabric detail on this dress with a belt to emphasise your tiny waist.

pepebotellanovias.com

Shape Up

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If you adore a fishtail but can’t make it work for your figure, try a trumpet style instead. The flare is much gentler and will work better on your frame.

ellisbridals.co.uk

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If you loved the Duchess of Cambridge’s W-day look, channel it with this stunning lace number.

pronovias.co.uk

Terrific Tulle

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Although this looks like a fishtail frock, the mass of tulle will make your top half appear more slender, while disguising any imbalance.

clairemischevani.com

Cute as a Button

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This stunning ballerina-length dress is perfect for a pear. It nips the waist, covers the hips and shows off a lovely décolletage.

ianstuart-bride.com

Flirty Fun

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We love this cute frock! The empire line is great for your shape and the puff-ball tulle skirt is really feminine and oh-so-cool.

martincharlesbridalgallery.com

Sheer Elegance

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The shape of this gown is ideal for you and the ruched detail will work wonders to balance out your shape.

phillipalepley.com

Fifties Chic

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A short prom-style dress that flares out from the waist will look stunning on your figure. Channel Audrey Hepburn with an up do and cute pumps.

my-eden.co.uk

Retro Charm

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We love those Fifties silhouettes and this is a great example. Team with a sheer jacket for a fresh look.

paulevasseur.co.uk

Dancing Queen

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Work your magic on the dance floor in this swinging number. The lace edging is gorgeous and we love the modern length.

noviadart.com

Gorgeous Figure

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Great neckline and lovely skirt shape, this ticks all the right boxes.

dzage.co.uk

Sheer Dream

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Great shape, and we love the tulle shoulders.

watters.com

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