Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

A wedding dress is not only a memory but also every girl's dream. Selecting a suitable wedding dress is of utmost importance. So, how do you choose the perfect wedding dress? Let's go through the following steps to discuss the matter.

Types of Wedding Dresses

To understand what type of wedding dress suits you best, let's first get to know the various types of wedding dresses.

If we classify them by style, wedding dresses can be divided into six categories: Sheath, Ball Gown, A-line, Mermaid, Empire, and Short.

The types of trains for wedding dresses also include Sweep/Brush, Court, Chaple, Semi-Cathedral, Cathedral, and Royal.

If we categorize them by neckline, you have Strapless and Sweetheart.

I know that this might seem a bit overwhelming, especially with all these different types. What exactly do these styles look like, and which body types are they suitable for? Although wedding dresses have many subcategories, they all have a common essence. In this article, we will focus on classifying wedding dresses. Let's dive into each one.

Understanding Dress Types According to Body Shape

Different types of wedding dresses suit different body shapes. For instance, A-line wedding dresses are suitable for most body types, while Mermaid dresses are ideal for those with curvier figures. Understanding your body's unique characteristics can help you choose the right dress type for you.

A-line wedding dresses are suitable for most body types

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This is a style that most brides tend to choose, as it is elegant, graceful, and highlights a slender waist. For those who lack confidence in their body shape or are concerned about thicker thighs or smaller or larger hips, the A-line cut is a good option to consider. It can effectively conceal any imperfections in your lower body.


This type of wedding dress is a fitted cut, made from body-hugging fabrics, and it demands a relatively high level of body confidence. It's a suitable choice for those who are confident in their body shape.
Ball Gown 
A ball gown-style wedding dress is characterized by a full, voluminous skirt that starts at the waist. These dresses typically have a floor-length hem with no train. If worn at a traditional formal wedding, it's recommended to pair it with a long trailing veil. In Western weddings, the more traditional and formal the wedding, the longer the train; for example, Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress featured a long train.
The mermaid-style silhouette has a captivating, curve-hugging design that beautifully accentuates a woman's curves. However, the drawback is that it is closely fitted from the upper body, so if the waistline isn't perfectly defined, it can appear somewhat bulky.

The Empire-style design, with its high waistline, highlights the lower body's silhouette. It's suitable for petite women with slender upper bodies, as it has a slimming effect on the lower body.

Short Wedding Dress
A wedding dress doesn't necessarily have to be a long, trailing gown. If you have perfect, long legs, feel free to show them off with a short wedding dress. Short dresses may be unconventional, but they are convenient and a great choice if you plan to travel abroad for your wedding photoshoot. Pair it with a long veil, and you'll look even more stunning.
After understanding the different types of wedding dresses, it's important to know your own body shape. Women's body shapes can generally be classified into four categories: hourglass, pear (triangle), inverted triangle, and rectangle. How can you determine which body shape you fall into?
Here are the characteristics of each body shape:

1. **Hourglass Body Shape:** Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, and you have a well-defined waistline.

2. **Pear (Triangle) Body Shape:** Your hips are wider than your shoulders.

3. **Inverted Triangle Body Shape:** Your shoulders are noticeably wider than your hips.

4. **Rectangle Body Shape:** Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, and your waistline has little definition.

Identifying your body shape is essential because it helps you choose the right wedding dress style that complements your proportions and enhances your natural beauty.
Hourglass Body Shape
For those with an hourglass body shape, characterized by a defined waist, you are well-suited for the following wedding dress styles:

1. **Ball Gown:** This style is excellent for highlighting your slender waist and creating a dramatic, princess-like effect.

2. **Sheath:** A sheath dress can also work well as it will accentuate your curves and showcase your waist.

3. **Mermaid:** The mermaid style, with its curve-hugging design, is another great choice to emphasize your hourglass figure.

These dress styles will complement your natural curves and create a flattering silhouette.
Pear (Triangle) Body Shape
For those with a pear or triangle body shape, characterized by a wider hip area, you might consider the following wedding dress styles:

1. **Empire Waist:** The empire waist design can help conceal any imperfections in the lower body, making it a great choice for this body type.

2. **A-line:** A-line dresses can also work well for pear-shaped individuals, as they provide balance and flatter the waist and hips.

3. **Ball Gown:** While not the top choice, ball gown styles can still be suitable as they create a balanced look and can complement your figure.

These dress styles will help create balance and symmetry for your body shape, ensuring you look elegant on your special day.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape
For those with a rectangle body shape, characterized by shoulders and hips of approximately the same width and little waist definition, you might consider the following wedding dress styles:

1. **Short Wedding Dress:** Short dresses can work well to add some curves and create the illusion of a defined waist.

2. **Ball Gown:** Ball gown styles can provide more volume in the lower body, enhancing your figure.

3. **Mermaid:** While not the top choice, mermaid styles can still work to create curves and add some definition to your waist.

These dress styles can help add curves and create a more shapely look for your body type, ensuring you look beautiful on your wedding day.
Rectangle Body Shape
For individuals with a rectangle body shape, characterized by shoulders and hips of approximately the same width and little waist definition, you might consider the following wedding dress styles:

1. **A-line Wedding Dress:** A-line dresses can work well to create the illusion of curves and a more defined waist, adding contrast to your figure.

2. **Empire Waist:** Empire waist designs can also provide some definition to the waist while allowing the lower body to flow freely.

3. **Sheath Wedding Dress:** While not the top choice, sheath dresses can still complement your body shape by adding a touch of contrast.

These dress styles can help add some definition and curves to your figure, ensuring you look beautiful and elegant on your wedding day.


Qs: How do I know if my custom gown will align with my dress vision?

A: This is a very common question and we completely understand you may be worried about how your final custom gown will look like! There will always be a degree of unknown in any custom process, however rest assured we've definitely taken this into consideration. When we finished the dress, we will send you dress pictures and videos to you first. We will provide as much visual reference as we can to ensure that we’re aligned on your vision and your final gown reflects this! 

Qs: I can not find the dress models you have display on Pinterst/ Instagram/FB?

A: Ostty will update new models on Social network. If you can not find them on website, you can send the pictures or videos via Whatapp or email, we will quote for you. Please feel free to contact us. 

Qs: How do I provide measurements?

A: Ostty will provide a detailed list of measurements for your dress so all aspects are accounted for. You can have them taken at a local seamstress or ask someone help to take then together.

Qs: How Long do you need to custom made dress?

A: Normally it needs 35-45 days. We advice you order the dress before 3 months of your party.

Qs: Can I make some changes of your design?

A: Yes. If you want to make some changes of the dresses. Such and neckline, sleeves and back design, etc. Please feel free to contact us via Whatsapp or Email.

Qs: Will my "made to measure" dress fit perfectly?

A: Our goal in providing a made to measure service is to have our products to suit your body shape as best as possible. However, even with Made-to-Measure products we don't expect that all items will fit perfectly upon receipt, however as they are made for your proportions our brides generally require less alterations compared to standard sizing. A perfect fit can only be achieved in person with an experienced seamstress. Our gowns have been designed for easy alterations or adjustments. 

Qs: What's your Return Policy?

A:  All gowns are final sale & we do not accept returns for other reasons. All the dresses before we ship out, We check it very carefully. And size will custom made in personal size. We will send you dress pictures and videos, you can check everything before we ship out.

Qs: What's Progress in Order from Ostty?

A:  1. Offer Us Your Size info.
2. Tell Us Your Wedding Date.
3. Make Payment of the Dress.
4. We Start Customized Your Dress.
5. After We Finished, We Take videos and pictures to Show You. 
6. After you check everything is ok. We ship out  the Dress.

Qs: Wholesale & dropshipping?

A: Yes.

We are a direct-to-customer factory of customized dresses. 

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While specializing in retailing, we also accept small wholesale orders from group buyers(such as bridesmaids, school or company's evening parties), bridal boutiques, salons, rental shops, etc. High quality duplicate from any designer styles; Please contact us for more discount.

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