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Wedding Dress Silhouettes 101

The silhouette of your wedding gown could make more of an impact on your overall look than any other single element. It’s understandable that brides may feel a little bit lost when trying to decide which silhouette to wear.

 Here’s what you need to know about each popular silhouette to help you make the big decision. 

Ballgown

A ballgown silhouette is fitted in the bodice with significant volume in the skirt. The fullness usually starts quite suddenly, unlike A-line gowns which gradually drift out from the body.

 Ball gowns are typically the most formal type of wedding dress. 

Looks Good On…

  • Rectangular bodies
  • Hourglass bodies
  • Round bodies
  • Pear-shaped bodies
  • Inverted triangular bodies

Goes Well With…

  • Traditional weddings
  • Fantasy weddings
  • Romantic weddings
  • Modern weddings

A-Line

An a-line gown also has a fitted bodice with volume at the bottom of the skirt. The line from the hip to the hem is usually a straight diagonal line, making a capital A shape.

Depending on the design, an a-line gown can be anything from quite casual to extremely formal. 

Looks Good On…

  • Hourglass bodies
  • Round bodies
  • Pear-shaped bodies

Goes Well With…

  • Beach weddings
  • Garden weddings
  • Vintage weddings
  • Bohemian weddings
  • Traditional weddings
  • Fantasy weddings
  • Romantic weddings
  • Modern weddings

Trumpet

A trumpet wedding gown is fitted in the bodice, hips, and sometimes even thighs, then flares out to the hem.

This type of gown tends to be slightly more formal, although not typically as formal as a ballgown.

Looks Good On…

  • Rectangular bodies
  • Hourglass bodies
  • Round bodies
  • Inverted triangular bodies

Goes Well With…

  • Vintage weddings
  • Traditional weddings
  • Fantasy weddings
  • Romantic weddings 
  • Modern weddings

Mermaid

Much like a trumpet silhouette, mermaid gowns are fitted through the bodice, hips, and thighs, then flare out somewhere around the knees. The main difference is that, while trumpet silhouettes flare relatively gradually, mermaid dresses usually puff out from a hard line, making a more severe-yet-stylish look. 

Looks Good On

  • Rectangular bodies
  • Hourglass bodies
  • Inverted triangular bodies

Goes Well With

  • Vintage weddings
  • Traditional weddings
  • Fantasy weddings
  • Romantic weddings
  • Modern weddings

Sheath

The skirt on a sheath gown typically falls straight to the floor from the hips, without flaring outwards or getting any more voluminous. This type of dress is quite modern, although it usually  leans towards the more casual side of things. 

Looks Good On

  • Hourglass bodies
  • Pear-shaped bodies

Goes Well With

  • Beach weddings
  • Garden weddings
  • Bohemian weddings
  • Traditional weddings
  • Modern weddings

Confidence Looks Beautiful on Everyone

Some wedding dress silhouettes may be more flattering for your body type than others. But in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you feel gorgeous when you walk down the aisle.