Posted on by Emily Feng

The silhouette of your wedding gown will help set the tone for the day. A grand ball gown will give off fairytale vibes, while a sleek sheath gown will have a modern feel.


A-line Silhouettes

This shape is narrow and fitted at the top and extends outward at the natural waist, like an “A” shape. This cut is very popular because it’s comfortable and flattering on most body types. Brides can find many different styles of A-lines, from heavily embroidered and lacey to modern and chic.

Tea Length Silhouettes

Tea-length and short wedding dresses typically have an A-line silhouette that is tight at the bodice, flares out at the waist and ends just above or below the knees. This is a flirty option for an elopement or a more casual wedding celebration. Tea-length dresses can be found with fuller skirts, too — think cropped ball gown. These dresses have many styles and designs, making them a great choice for anyone. The best part? You can show off those awesome shoes.

Mermaid Dress Silhouettes

A mermaid gown is a form-fitting style that is great for brides wanting to show off their figures. With a tight-fitting bodice that flares outward at or below the knees, this style can be sexy while still being formal and appropriate for any venue. 

A trumpet gown is similar to the mermaid, but it has a straighter fit at the bodice and subtly flares out mid-thigh, which can give brides a little more leg room. Trumpet gowns that flare out at the upper thigh are commonly called “fit and flare” silhouettes. These three fits — mermaid, trumpet and fit and flare — are commonly bunched together into the same style group by bridal shops and online retailers.

Ball Gown Silhouettes

For the bride who loves the princess look, a ball gown is an obvious choice. This style has a full skirt that extends from the natural waist to the floor, sometimes including a long train. Ball gowns are romantic and have a sense of grandeur, which can be great if your venue has the same feel. An important consideration for this style is the weight of this dress. While you might be comfortable trying it on in the air-conditioned store, your outdoor venue in the middle of the hot summer might not be as kind. 

Sheath/Column Silhouettes

Classy and appropriate for any type of venue, sheath dresses are great for the bride who doesn’t want to be weighed down by a lot of fabric or have their legs constricted during dancing. Also known as a column silhouette, this style flows with the natural body line and can even add length for shorter brides. With added embellishments like embroidery, belts, and buttons, these dresses can shine even though they have less fabric than most silhouettes.