Bridal Styles for Athletic Brides

by Ashton Cude

Today we’re continuing our series on bridal styles for different body types. Our first post in this series shared tips for petite brides. You can read it here. Today I’m addressing another group I hear a lot of concerns from: athletic brides. Read on to hear how looking strong and looking beautiful go hand-in-hand.

Ever since Regina George lamented her “man shoulders” in 2004’s “Mean Girls,” we’ve all been wondering if perhaps we share her struggle. Brides with an athletic build are sometimes afraid they won’t look feminine in a wedding gown. Rest assured, that is not the case. Maybe you’re not even worried about that, you’re just not a frilly-dress-loving girl. If Sporty Spice was your spirit animal, you can look like a knockout on your wedding day by staying true to your style. These tips will give you the scoop on how to be a bride with muscles and moxie:

1. Cap Sleeves are a Girl’s Best Friend:

If you are concerned about your shoulders looking broad, it’s best to avoid a strapless gown. Cap sleeves make your décolletage look dainty. This Stella York A-Line (left) features a drop waist, which allows the curve of your waist and hips to show, and lace applique detailing near the hemline. This Tara Keely beauty (which I feel certain we’ve mentioned before a time or two) has a high neck with gorgeous beading and an organza A-line skirt. A-line silhouettes are universally flattering so you can’t go wrong with one, no matter your body type.

2. Flaunt what you got: 


A fitted style will show off the body you’ve worked so hard for. This Stella York (left) has a pretty lace cap sleeve, scalloped train, and shimmer throughout. This Amsale sheath has an allover lace, deep illusion back, and hugs your hips just enough. 

3. About face: 

V-necks have an elongating effect and draw the eye upward. V-necks also create a slimming effect, so if you want to look taller and less broad, this neckline can be a great option. This Tara Keely ballgown has a wide strap and fun horsehair trim on the edges of the skirt. Jim Hjelm adorned this satin A-line with beautiful beading and a deep V-neck for a daring look. (Image via The Knot)

There you have it, athletic brides! Hopefully these tips give you a springboard as you start your shopping. Remember that every one of us is our own harshest critic. A happy bride is a beautiful bride and your bridal beauty will come from the joy that radiates from your face. The dress you choose should help to make that smile brighter by suiting your style and shape. We hope this series serves to remind you that every body is beautiful! All of these gowns call Meant to Be home right now, so if you see a dress that catches your eye, contact us to book an appointment before they’re gone! We hope you’re having a wonderful week! 

XO, Ashton