BRIDES New York: Where to Find the Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Body Type

Bridesmaids, Local, NY, NJ and CT

No matter how you slice it, it's always challenging to find a solitary bridesmaid dress that pleases all your girlfriends. But if you're open to having your girls wear different silhouettes that flatter their unique figures, you're well on the road to "happy bridesmaid land."

Need a little nudge to get started? To make bridesmaid dress shopping easier (and much more fun!), we've not only paired different body types to their most flattering silhouettes, we also shared some uber-chic dresses that are available for sale here in NYC. So bookmark this guide, get your girls, and get your (stress-free) bridesmaid shopping on!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses J.Crew

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Your body: Less definition between your bust, waist and hips.
You look great in: Classic shifts and fitted sheath gowns, as well as body-hugging styles with notable design details.
Try: On-trend separates with a pencil skirt, such as this amazingly chic floral lace pencil skirt from J. Crew.
Find it: The J. Crew Wedding Boutique
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Donna Morgan

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Your body: Smaller at top, fuller at hips and behind.
You look great in: Fitted strapless and open neck tops that enhance the upper body and draw the eyes up. Empire waists also help mark the smallest part of your figure.
Try: The "Felicity" dress by Donna Morgan. This strapless, romantic empire waist mesh gown draws the eye up with its draped sweetheart neckline. We also love how its been styled with some soft, but statement making jewelry!
Find it: Bella Bridesmaid
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses twobirds

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Your body: Curvaceous with a full bust, defined waist and fuller hips.
You look great in: Wrap dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists enhance your curves. Look for adjustable waist styles, so you can customize the fit to accentuate your curves.
Try: The new twobirds tulle ombre dress. While it can be wrapped over 15 ways to suit nearly every body type, we especially love the crossover waist design on hourglass figures. You can even customize the top (one shoulder, halter, strapless...) from there!
Find it: At twobirds bridesmaid in Soho
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Monique Lhuillier

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Your body: Your narrowest point is above the natural waist, at the ribs.
You look great in: Empire waists that draw the eye up, and draw attention away from the middle, while allowing a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus up and provide a balanced look.
Try: The reverse halter tulle gown by Monique Lhuillier which not only draws attention up with its chic center halter design, but has a softly boned bodice and empire waist to flatter your figure.
Find it: The Wedding Library NYC
Read real brides' reviews here!

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NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Paper Crown

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Full Bust
Your body: Bust is fuller than the hips and rear.
You look great in: Plunging V-neck and supportive halter styles that draw the eye downward for a slimming effect, while possibly wrapping at the bust and waist to help balance out your fuller half. Supportive bra-friendly dresses are a bonus.
Try: The "Jillian" dress from Paper Crown for its flattering, yet bra friendly rouched bodice and goddess-like vibe.
Find it: Bella Bridesmaid
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Joanna August

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Your body: Generally 5'4" or under, you also have a smaller frame than taller women.
You look great in: Clothes tailored to petite proportions (i.e. petite sizing), and jumpsuit silhouettes, which can also provide an elongated look with a halter top, and billowy straight legs.
Try: The "Scarlette" jumpsuit by Joanna August for its pleated halter bodice, low back, and wide legs, which are a distinct nod to 1970's glamour icons. It's an ultra feminine look with a touch of attitude, that can be worn well beyond the wedding.
Find it: The Wedding Library NYC
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo

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Your body: You're growing life! The next nine months mean changing proportions, especially in the bust and belly.
You look great in: Dresses that give the tummy room to grow, and allow ample coverage in the bust. Many pregnant women also prefer some coverage on the arm or chest.
Try: Jenny Yoo's matenity bridesmaid dress, the "Maribel." Jenny Yoo is one of the only designers who makes maternity-specific bridesmaid dresses, so there's no double guessing your dress size in a few months' time, as the gowns are cut to accommodate shifts and changes. The "Maribel" maternity dress also has a full A-line skirt to allow plenty of room for a growing belly.

Want to see even more New York City dress boutiques? Try these on for size!

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