Wedding Dress

The Ultimate Wedding Dress Silhouette Guide

Shopping for your wedding dress can be the most fascinating as well as an overwhelming experience. Every bride wants to look their best on their special day, no compromises on that. When you go for your bridal appointment, your stylist will need to know what kind of wedding dress silhouette you would like to wear.

Choosing the correct dress silhouette will help you in accentuating the best features of tour body and cover up problem areas, if any. We would recommend that you try on more than one type of silhouette before making the final selection.

Read on for our comprehensive guide which explains the differences between the five most popular wedding dress silhouettes. This quick and easy guide mentions which body types are ideal for each style.


Ball gowns can be called the most classic wedding dress silhouettes, they are dreamy and a true princess dress. A ball dress has a wide, full skirt which comes with a fitted bodice or a corset. The full-length skirt slips over the hips and lower torso, making it an excellent option for brides who want to look fuller. It will look good on thin brides because the ball gown creates an illusion of a curvy figure. It looks wonderful on pear-shaped bodies too; the fitted bodice or corset will accentuate your waist while flowy gown glides over the hips. Even busty brides love ball gowns as they help in creating a balanced proportion.


A-Line dresses are flowier than a ball gown, they come with a fitted bodice that flows downwards, and the shape resembling the letter “A”; hence, the name A-Line. This style is ideal for almost all body types and offers the most flattering silhouette, making it the most popular choice for a wedding dress.

Whether you have a bohemian-styled wedding or a classic one, A-Line dresses will look gorgeous in any wedding. A-line wedding dresses are often made using organza, lace, or tulle.


The mermaid silhouette is termed as the most flirtatious wedding dress silhouettes. This eye-catching silhouette is perfect for brides who want to show off their curves. It is extremely fitted through the bodice, waist, and hips and then flares out at the knees. It is a curvy silhouette, which creates an illusion of an hourglass shape for brides who are thin and would love to flaunt a curvy figure on their wedding day.

Fit And Flare

Brides who would love to show their curves but are wary of opting for the sexy mermaid silhouette can consider choosing a fit and flare wedding dress. This type of dress is a toned-down version of the mermaid silhouette dress it’s fitted on your chest and waist. However, it is looser and more flowy on the hips and thighs. The skirt of the dress flares above the knee, making it easier to walk or dance. Fit and flare gowns are ideal for brides who want to be comfortable and have a ball dancing on their wedding day.


A sheath wedding dress glides over the body and falls straight below the hips. This silhouette is ideal for brides who want an easy to carry and handle gown because they require less fabric as compared to others and are very comfortable to move around in. Sheath wedding dresses will look good on slim figures and petite brides who don’t want to look crushed under their heavy gowns.