Find the Best Wedding Gown Silhouette for your Body Type

Wedding dress goal: Find a gown that fits your personality AND flatters your body! With so many styles and silhouettes out there, it can be overwhelming, right? But not to worry! Your perfect look is out there, we promise. Just think about what you love most about your shape and go from there. Most importantly, have fun in the process–don’t stress about your dress!

Remember, each dress shape works for different body types. Almost every bridal gown today is made in one of these basic silhouettes: A-line, Full Skirt, Trumpet, and Sheath.

A- Line

The A-line dress literally comes from the letter “A” and its shape—a narrow bodice and outer edges of slightly flowing skirt. Available in a variety of fabrics, the A-line cut may or may not have a seam at the waist, which may be higher or lower than the natural waistline.

Who should wear it: Anyone! The A-line is super popular for a reason–it looks fabulous on most ALL body types. The shape leaves room to move and doesn’t accentuate one specific area of your body. A big plus is that it is as comfortable as it is beautiful! 

Allure C625

Essense of Australia

Full Skirt

A full skirt wedding dress, or ball gown, is known for bringing the drama! It features a defined, cinched waist, dropped or natural, and a full skirt. The fitted bodice is key to this look. After all, full attention to that swoon-worthy skirt is a must!

Who should wear it: A full skirt dress is flattering for any body type. It’s perfect for hiding any issues you may have with your hips and bottom. It’s also ideal for creating the look of a smaller waist and bringing focus and to your gorgeous shoulders or chest!

Martina Liana ML1400

Mikaella 2383


The trumpet gown, also known as the fit and flare or mermaid style, has the shape of, well… a trumpet! It is fitted through the body and has a straight-lined skirt that subtly flares from the knee toward the hem to form the trumpet shape.

Who should wear it: With such a specific shape, it might be surprising that the trumpet gown can look great on a number body types. It is perfect for the bride who wants to create the look of a smaller waist, or the bride who wants to show off a tiny waist. Tall, short, curvy, petite, and everything between, the trumpet style is sure to show off your best ‘assets.’

Paloma Blanca 4980

Berta 20-P102


The Sheath dress, also known as a column dress, is a sculpted, body-hugging silhouette. There is no hiding anything in this style! It can be exquisite and down right statuesque given the right fit. The effect will differ depending on the weight and drape of the fabric.

Who should wear it: The Sheath style is for the bride who isn’t afraid to show off her body! Petite brides may be drawn to this shape since the slim cut adds length or height. But the sheath gown is for any bride who wants to keep things simple and chic!

Made with Love, Harry

Badgley, Felicity