Wedding Dress Silhouette Definition

Wedding Dresses 101 | By:cocomelody

Congratulations on your engagement! You are officially a bride-to-be now and you are about to step into the wedding dress shopping journey. We all understand that shopping for ‘THE ONE’ can be stressful and overwhelming, because there are so many gorgeous styles and you have to make sure you choose the right one.

Before heading to the bridal salons or online stores to check on all those stunning dresses, please do know that one of those basic questions you will be asked is what kind of dress silhouettes you’d like to choose. To make sure that you have the general idea about the different wedding dress silhouettes, we would love to give you the comprehensive guide to every dress silhouette you’ll see in your dress shopping journey.

1. A-Line Silhouette

As its name implies, this cut is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of—you guessed it—an “A.”

Best for All body types. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes—it’s super-flattering on almost everyone.

Avoid if you’re looking for something really sexy.

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Style: #LD3932; Image Credit: Olga Creative Photography

2. Ball Gown Silhouette

The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full (aka huge) skirt. This silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.

Best for brides with boyish figures, because the fullness of the dress will make you look curvier.

It is also a great choice for brides who want to have the royal/princess feeling on the big day.

Avoid if you’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.

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Style: #LD4349; Image Credit: Sheri Holloway Photography

3. Sheath/Column Silhouette

This formfitting style follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. It’s also referred to as a sheath.

Best for Petite women, since this slim shape adds length. This silhouette also looks great on brides with sleek figures.

Avoid if you’re pear-shaped (when you’re small on top but more rounded on the bottom). This silhouette will make you look unbalanced.

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Style: #CWXT14061

4. Trumpet/Mermaid Silhouette

Trumpet silhouette has a straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the fingertip toward the hem in a trumpet shape. And Mermaid silhouette is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out from the knee or below the knee.

Best for Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.

Avoid if you don’t want something tight or you’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape. You should also avoid Trumpet /Mermaid if you have an apple or boxy body type.

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Style: #LD3906

5. Empire Waist

This style has a very high waistline which sits just below the bustline, de-emphasizing the natural waist and hips part.

Best for petite brides, because it makes the bride’s figure look longer and leaner; it is also the perfect choice for pregnant brides, won’t cause any pressure to the belly.

Avoid if you are already very tall or you have a marvelous figure and want to show it off.

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Style: #LD1401

Hope you do have a good understanding about the different wedding dress silhouettes now. Enjoy browsing the various Cocomelody wedding dresses here. If you are near to any of our physical stores, welcome to book your appointment and our expert store stylists will also help you find your dream wedding dress.