Your ultimate guide to wedding dress silhouettes

The name of this style is deceptively ordinary, given that is has magical powers. The cut, which is literally in the shape of a capital A, is flattering for almost all body shapes. With a fitted bodice and a shirt that flows out slightly on its way to the floor, it gives height to petite brides, creates curves for ladies with a straighter figure, disguises wide waistlines and completely covers your lower body.

Ball gown

The ballgown is the quintessential princess wedding dress and there are more reasons why this is a fairytale design. The silhouette is a fitted bodice, natural waist and a billowing, full skirt and because of its design, everyone can look amazing in it. The cut gives straight-bodies women the appearance of more curves, while giving proportion to brides with large busts by creating an hour glass figure. For women with pear-shaped figures, the fitted bodice will define the waist and the ample skirt will cover the hips. You can have a lot of fun with the appearance of the skirt, with anything from delicate embroidery to layers upon layers of tulle a possibility.

Dropped waist

For brides who want to highlight trim middles, the dropped waist silhouette is perfect. This style flares out at the hips, with a fitted shape all the way down the torso. The dropped waist should be avoided by straight-lined brides, but can work well for petite brides if the flare is not too dramatic.


The mermaid silhouette is ultra-feminine and hugs the body in all of the right places before the skirt dramatically flares out just below the knees. This stunning style is the most flattering on brides who either have slim figures or who are more on the voluptuous end of the spectrum, as the design is made to accentuate curves. It can, however, be a little difficult to get around in, so you will need to feel comfortable and confident when you wear it.

Empire waist

The empire silhouette is a raised waistline, cutting in just below the bust with a flowing gown. This style is perfect for those who want to draw attention away from their waist and hips and is a dream design for those with shorter legs, long torsos, or pear-shaped bodies. The empire is also perfect for pregnant brides because the flowing nature of the gown can fit a belly of any size underneath. The only body shapes that should steer clear of this design are those with a large bust or fuller hips as this style will accentuate those features.

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