All about the dress: Dress Silhouette Guide

Tulle Version Of An A-Line Gown. Designer: Badgley Mischka

Tulle Version Of An A-Line Gown. Designer: Badgley Mischka

This month we’ll be talking all about the dress: the silhouette guide, terminology, wedding dresses for plus size bride, foundation garments, and fabric types! We are so excited about this series because it will help you navigate through bridal terminology to find the dress that you’re truly looking for.


What exactly is a silhouette of a wedding gown? It’s basically terminology given to the shape of the dress. Wedding dresses can come in multiple silhouettes: ballgown, A line, fit and flare, mermaid, empire, sheath, and multiple variations of that. Here’s a visual of just a few silhouettes:



A lines are narrow to the top and extend into the body to be wide at the bottom, hence the “A” shape suggests. These can be structured or flowy, come as strapless or with straps. It is universally flattering for all body types.


Ball Gown

Ballgowns can be defined of having a fitted bodice and a full skirt. Although they are popularized as princess dresses, these are definitely coming back in 2020 in variations of ways



Mermaid gowns hug the body, following the curving shape from the waist to the thighs before flaring below the knee. Perfect for showing off your curves.

Trumpet Gown

This gown has a straight lined bodice that also flares out at the knee, but the bottom is like the bell of a trumpet.

Sheath Gown

This is also known as a column gown. The clean lines elongate your body as a looser option than other silhouettes.


One Important Note

A lot of people think of wedding gown silhouettes with preconceived notions. They think they are too short, not tall enough, too busty, too skinny, etc. What is important to note is that it is not about the silhouette but the proportions of the silhouette. A ballgown with a dropped waistline might look overwhelming for a petite bride, but raising the waistline a bit or adding a belt might just make it look perfect!

You’ll never now what really looks good or not so good on you until you actually put the dress on! When you’re ready to find your dream dress, trust in your stylist. They have seen thousands of dresses on hundreds and hundreds of brides. They can pick a gown that you may never even have considered wearing. Keep an open mind and have fun in the process!

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