Wedding Gown Silhouettes

Wedding Gown Silhouettes

A common question we receive from brides is: what silhouette should I choose? This question is tough, because it really depends on what you’re looking for your dress to highlight, what kind of statement you want to make, and your personal style. For those of you who are wondering this same question: we’re breaking down three of the most common dress silhouettes and their differences so you have a better idea of what silhouettes you may want to try!


D283 by Essense of Australia



The A-line silhouette has been a staple in bridal fashion for decades, and for good reason! This silhouette is flattering on everyone, and the classic look never goes out of style. A-line gowns are fitted through the bodice, flaring out from your natural waist into a gentle A-shape. Some can be a bit more structured, while others are flowing, but the general shape and look stays the same. Perfect for women who want something slimming or classic, it’s hard to go wrong choosing an A-line dress. 


Hot tip from our stylists: a ball gown wedding dress does all the same things as an A-line, but with a much fuller skirt, making it great for women who love the A-line but want a bit more drama!

Fit and Flare

D2972 by Essense of Australia



Another popular dress shape, fit and flare dresses are fitted through the hips, with the skirt flaring mid-way down your thigh. This shape highlights your curves, emphasizing your figure with the gorgeous lines created by the flared skirt. This shape also frequently has a train, adding even more drama to the look. For brides who want to highlight their hips or find a dress with plenty of drama, a fit and flare is perfect!


Wondering what makes this different from a mermaid silhouette? It’s a subtle but noticeable difference: mermaid gowns flare from the knee, rather than mid-way down the thigh, so the angle of the skirt’s flared shape is usually more dramatic.   


TR11832 by Mon Cheri



For brides who aren’t sure they’d want the full skirt of an A-line or the figure hugging look of a fit and flare, the sheath is perfect. Simple, understated, and chic, the sheath stays in close to the body without the same curve-hugging look of a fit and flare. The skirt is often a bit loose, but doesn’t extend into the full shape of an A-line. If you’re looking for something timeless or a shape that will make you appear taller, a sheath silhouette is perfect!


Want the understated look of a sheath but with a hint of drama? No worries—plenty of sheath designs have a train, giving them that perfect level of drama that still maintains that laid-back look you love!

Looking for the wedding dress of your dreams? Book an appointment at Dani West Bridal and let our dedicated staff help you find the perfect wedding dress you’ve been searching for!