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Wedding Dress Silhouettes: What Are They?

Wedding dress shopping is not always as magical and fun as we see in movies. A bride and her bridesmaids are having their refreshing drinks, trying on numerous dresses and finally choosing the perfect one. In real life the experience can be frustrating and overwhelming - it is an emotional roller coaster. There are so many aspects that need to come together.

Brides know how difficult finding an outfit can be - there is just so much pressure of having everything perfect! But don't worry, we're here to help with our list of general questions every woman should ask herself when picking out her dream dress (you'll want something beautiful regardless!). The first thing you need to decide on is what type of silhouette would work best with your body shape. Let's talk about what a dress silhouette is. Essentially, it's the shape of the dress, its outline. Different silhouettes emphasize different body types. For example, a fitted dress will draw attention to your slim waist, while a ball gown creates more fullness around your hips.

Traditionally, there are four silhouettes that are most popular in bridal fashion: A-line, Ballgown, Fit and Flare and Sheath. It's important to know which one fits you best so choosing the perfect gown won't take forever!

Sheath Silhouette

The Sheath silhouette is a narrow cut that follows the natural shape of your body. Such dresses are typically long and tight-fitted, which means you'll be able to show off all your curves without any extra fabric getting in the way.

Bride wearing a fitted silhouette wedding dress
Fitted wedding dress with a shoulder bow

Fit and Flare, Mermaid, Trumpet

The Fit and Flare dress family includes silhouettes like Trumpet and Mermaid. It's a popular dress shape that hugs the body from top to bottom and then flares out at the very end, just above or on the knee.

Bride wearing a Trumpet silhouette wedding gown
Sequined lace Fit and Flare bridal dress with plunging V-neck

A-line Silhouette

The A-line shape suits any body type. A fitted bodice flares out at the waist to form an elegant triangle - like a capital letter "A."

Bride wearing an A-line wedding dress
A-line wedding dress with long sleeves and allover lace

Ball Gown

A Ball Gown dress for a wedding is an opportunity to feel like your favourite Disney princess or like a royal. A fitted bodice and a voluminous skirt make this silhouette perfect for the big day!

Bride wearing a Ball Gown wedding dress
Beaded long sleeve Ball Gown with a clean satin skirt