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Find your best wedding dress style without trying on the whole boutique

Finding the perfect dress may not always be a piece of (wedding) cake. While a certain style may work well with one body type, it may not flatter another.

Newsday.com enlisted designer Liz Marshall to illustrate some of today’s most popular dress styles and help brides determine which would suit them best. From recommendations for each body type to fun facts about celebrities who’ve worn each...

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Finding the perfect dress may not always be a piece of (wedding) cake. While a certain style may work well with one body type, it may not flatter another.

Newsday.com enlisted designer Liz Marshall to illustrate some of today’s most popular dress styles and help brides determine which would suit them best. From recommendations for each body type to fun facts about celebrities who’ve worn each style, our hope is that you’ll walk away informed — and down the aisle with confidence.

Ballgown

What it is: A fully structured bodice with a full skirt

Flattering for: Hourglass, pear and apple shapes

Accentuates: Waist

Hides: Stomach, hips, legs

Era it was popular: 1850s

Who wore it: Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anne Hathaway

Mermaid

What it is: Form fitted with a flare at the lower leg

Flattering for: Hourglass, pear and rectangle shapes

Accentuates: Waist, hips

Hides: Stomach

Era it was popular: 1950s

Who wore it: Jayne Mansfield, Hilary Duff, Fergie

Sweetheart

What it is: A dress with a dip in the front of the bodice that mimics the top of a heart symbol

Flattering for: All shapes

Accentuates: Chest, waist

Hides: Stomach, hips, legs

Era it was popular: 1960's

Who wore it: Kendra Wilkinson, Alyson Hannigan, Kim Kardashian

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A-Line

What it is: A fitted bodice with a skirt that gently angles outward

Flattering for: Pear and rectangle shapes

Accentuates: Chest, waist

Hides: Stomach, hips, legs

Era it was popular: 1950s

Who wore it: Ivanka Trump, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek-Pinault

Ruched Bodice

What it is: A structured bodice with pull-up ruche detail

Flattering for: All shapes

Accentuates: Waist

Hides: Hips, legs

Era it was popular: 2000's

Who wore it: Brooklyn Decker, Khloe Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari

Empire Waist

What it is: Cinched at the ribcage with a flowing skirt

Flattering for: Pear and rectangle shapes

Accentuates: Waist

Hides: Stomach, hips

Era it was popular: 1800's, with a revival in the 1960s

Who wore it: Alicia Keys, Tia Mowry, Megan Fox

Long Train

What it is: A dress with a back skirt that extends past the floor

Flattering for: All shapes

Accentuates: Dependent on dress style

Hides: Dependent on dress style

Era it was popular: Middle Ages

Who wore it: Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly

Cocktail

What it is: A short, casual dress, typically tea-length or shorter

Flattering for: Rectangle, apple and hourglass shapes

Accentuates: Legs

Hides: Stomach, hips

Era it was popular: 1950s

Who wore it: Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Keira Knightley

Sheath

What it is: A streamline dress with no cinching or flaring

Flattering for: Rectangle and hourglass shape

Accentuates: Waist, legs

Hides: Stomach

Era it was popular: 1950s

Who wore it: Kate Moss, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Christina Ricci