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 hourglass-shaped gal, seek styles that play up those gorgeous curves by cinching your waist. Don’t know where to start? We’re here to lend a hand!

Keep scrolling to see which dresses flatter your hourglass shape!

Bride wearing lace sheath dress, kissing the groom amidst sparklers.

Anomalie bride, Stephanie, flaunted her figure in a lace sheath dress. Photo: Kayla Augustine

Sheath or Column

This dress silhouette will skim your curves while highlighting your waist. It’s a great option if you love flaunting your figure but prefer to keep things simple with a chic, minimalist style.

Bride wearing trumpet dress, twirling in front of groom.

Carina went with a super sleek trumpet design for her Anomalie dress. Photo: Millay & Young Photography

Trumpet, Mermaid & Fit-And-Flare

These are similar but slightly different. The trumpet dress flares out mid-thigh while the mermaid breaks out at the knee. The fit-and-flare dress flares out higher, just below the hip. With these dynamic silhouettes, your curves take center stage.


Bride posing with her bouquet, in her A-line lace dress.

Anomalie bride, Kathleen, gleamed in an A-line gown with a sweetheart bodice. Photo: Olivia Smartt

Circle Skirt & A-Line

Love emphasizing your waist but prefer something more flowy from the waist down? Go with a circle skirt or an A-line gown. The circle skirt is looser and can have a more relaxed feel to it, while the A-line is more structured and ideal for a formal wedding.

Bride twirling in her ballgown dress.

Emma twirled in her Anomalie ball gown dress. Photo: Hannah Beam

Ball Gown

Similarly to the circle skirt and A-line styles, this dress silhouette cinches your waist but it has a more dramatic effect with a fuller skirt. Dreaming of a princess-inspired wedding? Then this style is perfect for both your hourglass figure and your fairytale aspirations.

Bride wearing a lace midi dress with sheer lace sleeves.

Haley designed her Anomalie dress in a flirty midi length. Photo: Nest Photography

High-Low & Midi Dresses

You can always bring up the hem, too! Flaunt your gams with a high-low or go with a midi dress that hits mid-calf or just above your ankle bone. Keep in mind that if you want to stylize your frame, anything that hits below the knee is always a safe bet.

Bride in her sheath lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and lace-appliqué sleeves.

Maria added lace appliqués to her romantic sheath dress, and she topped it off with a sweetheart neckline. Photo: Studio 8 Baltimore

Let’s Talk Necklines…

It’s cleavage primetime! Yes, go for that V-neck, round neck or scoop neck, or even a feminine sweetheart that plays up your bust. If you prefer to cover your cleavage, opt for a shorter V-neck or split neck, or a higher round neck. You can also keep the deeper neckline and add an illusion panel (which you can top off with lace or other embellishments!).

Ditch the Rules

You might be hourglass-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 Olivia Smartt


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