We are so excited to introduce a bridal guide for our readers to discuss important tips regarding wedding gowns. This week we are talking about the top silhouettes and how they are made to complement the body. This is important to be aware of when shopping for your wedding gown, because we often ask questions about the look you are trying to achieve. Although our stylists will often pull different styles for you to try to narrow down what feels best to you, it is always a plus to have a general idea of what you are searching for. (All gowns pictured are available at DYF)


A-line is often believed to be a ballgown. However, this shape is a halfway point between a ballgown and sheath style. An A-line skirt, which was named for the way it creates an “A” shape on the body, skirts out from the hips, more so than a sheath style, but not as dramatically as a ballgown. This style is thought to be universally flattering on all shapes and sizes whether you are having a boho, outdoor, modern, classic or formal wedding. A-line wedding gowns are often designed in fabrics including tulle, organza, even mikado.

A-Line Silhouette: “Yesi” Lazaro Bridal


When you picture your wedding day, if you dream of that fairytale moment, then this shape is the ideal style for you. Ballgowns are one of the most classic wedding dress silhouettes and will instantly give you all the Cinderella vibes on your wedding day. A ball gown features a fitted bodice with a full skirt often constructed of tulle and/or crinoline. Since the full skirt glides over your hips and lower torso, this silhouette is great for brides who want to cinch in their waist.

Ballgown Silhouette: “LXAB19021” Nicole Milano


A sheath silhouette glides the body and falls straight to the floor below the hips. This shape is perfect for brides who want an effortless gown, since it is made of less fabric than other styles and therefore moves easier. What a sheath wedding dress lacks in volume, it makes up for with its versatility — the sheath silhouette works well with almost every fabric, including beading, lace, satin, and even crepe. Sheath wedding dresses are a flattering option for brides who don’t want to be overpowered by their gowns.

Sheath Silhouette: “Tuscany Marie” Maggie Sottero Designs

Fit and Flare

Brides who desire showing off their figure without devoting to the dramatic mermaid silhouette should consider a fit and flare wedding dress instead. This subdued version still hugs your body through the chest and waist, while being a little more forgiving through the hips and thighs. The skirt flares out above the knee, giving you a little bit more freedom and movement with your legs.

Fit and Flare Silhouette: “Elton” Hayley Paige


Oo la la!! The mermaid is known for being one of the most flirtatious and sexy wedding dress silhouettes, since it’s extremely fitted throughout the bodice, waist, and hips. In other words, if you want JLO-worthy curves for your wedding day, look no further! A mermaid gown will accentuate your hourglass shape. This attention-grabbing silhouette flares out at the knees and is often paired with beading, ruching, or ruffled skirts for an added WOW factor. 

Mermaid Silhouette: “Mildred” Pronovias

We hope this guide was able to provide you with information regarding each popular silhouette and provide assistance with determining which shape may be best for you! Keep in mind, it is beneficial to try multiple styles to see them on your body and to visualize yourself on your special day.

Any additional questions regarding bridal styles and silhouettes? CALL US 607.239.5056. We would be happy to assist you.