Here at Anomalie, we believe there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing the right dress design. The right gown will be, unsurprisingly enough, the one that feels right. And what better way to highlight your favorite features than with a dress that compliments your figure? If you’re an athletic-shaped gal, seek styles that flaunt your favorite features (like your legs or your shoulders) and add balance with a little volume. Don’t know where to start? We’re here to lend a hand!

Keep scrolling to see which dresses flatter your athletic shape!

Bride in her trumpet, off-the-shoulder dress.

Anomalie bride, Erica, flaunted her athletic figure in an off-the-shoulder trumpet dress. Photo: Rosy and Shaun Wedding Photography

Trumpet, Mermaid & Fit-And-Flare

A little extra flare at the bottom is a great way to harmonize broader shoulders or a straight waist, and any of these styles will accomplish this while providing you with different options to choose from. The fit-and-flare dress breaks just below the hip, the trumpet dress flares out a little lower at mid-thigh, and the mermaid dress widens at the knee.

Bride wearing a sleeveless circle skirt dress with a lace bodice.

Brittany designed an ethereal circle skirt dress with Anomalie. Photo: Sara Kelley

Circle Skirt & A-Line

Anything that cinches your waist is an ultra-flattering choice for you! The circle skirt and A-line styles will emphasize your leaner torso while adding some feminine curves.

Bride wearing a sleeveless ball gown dress with a lace bodice.

Anomalie bride, Haley, highlighted her waist with a ball gown silhouette. Photo: Gabrielle Marks Photography

Ball Gown

This means more volume play! The reason why this is so befitting for your athletic shape is that it adds volume to your bottom half, meaning more attention goes to your top while infusing your dress and figure with dreamy flair.

Bride sitting leg-crossed in her plunging-neckline, middle-slit dress.

Christine designed her Anomalie dress with a flirty mid slit that flaunted her legs. Photo: Red Eye Collection

High-Low, Midi & Short Dresses

Have athletic legs you want to show? Try a slit or a convertible dress that reveals a short style for the reception. Want something with a little more coverage? Opt for a high-low to flaunt your lower thigh or a midi dress that emphasizes your calves. 

Bride wearing a sleeveless A-line dress.

Anomalie bride, Elizabeth, showcased her athletic arms in a sleeveless dress with romantic details. Photo: Vibe Tribe Creative

Let’s Talk Necklines…

Your defined shoulders and arms will never go unnoticed in a halter neckline, while a racerback dress will expose a little more skin by showcasing your shoulder blades. If you prefer a lower neckline or want to show a little more cleavage, go with a strapless, scoop or round neckline—and favor sleeveless or spaghetti straps.

Ditch the Rules

You might be athletic-shaped but your body is 100% unique! Remember that this is just a guide and there’s a different sweet spot for everyone. Try on dresses to find that perfect silhouette-neckline symbiosis, and partner with your Stylist to create the look you love! Like we said, there is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to wedding dresses. At the end of the day, what matters is how YOU feel in the dress.

—Featured image by Vibe Tribe Creative


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