Dress Shape Diary

Dress Shape Diary


With so many gorgeous gowns to choose from, finding the perfect wedding dress can seem overwhelming! The first step to narrowing down thousands of options to just “the one” is deciding on the silhouette. The entire dress is structured around the silhouette, so finding one you can’t get enough of is key to looking and feeling your best on your big day. Here are some descriptions of the most popular dress shapes, to help you get started on your search:



Ball Gown

Undeniably statement-making, the ball gown is characterized by its full, fluffed skirt and dramatic presence. This wedding dress shape is a favorite for royalty and everyday women alike, although it’s bound to make you feel like a princess, like this one from Calla Blanche.




The A-line silhouette is similar to the ball gown, but it's skirt falls much more gently. This composition of bodice and skirt creates a soft A-shape in the fabric, pointing inwards to your waist, and having a slimming effect on your overall look. This flattering feature makes the A-line a popular choice for brides of all styles, from traditional to modern, like this gown by La Perle.




For brides looking for something figure-flattering, the mermaid wedding dress was made for you. This silhouette features a bodice fitted from your upper body through your hips, paired with a skirt flaring dramatically from the knee. The mermaid emphasizes an hourglass figure, creating sultry, romantic bridal looks, like this gown by Demetrios.



Fit and Flare

The fit and flare is a more relaxed version of the mermaid silhouette, with a loosely structured skirt flaring from mid-way down the thigh rather than the knee. This design features curve-hugging, softly draping fabric, which creates an effortlessly beautiful look, like this dress by Essense of Australia. 

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