Which bridal dress silhouette is right for me?

Four of the most popular bridal gown silhouettes

Choosing your gown is one of the most important decisions for most brides to make! There are so many options out there now that it can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you don’t know much about the different silhouettes available. We’ve put together this blog to explain four of the most popular shapes out there, so you at least know where to start! Keep reading for a rundown of these popular bridal gown shapes.


An A-line gown is one of the most popular options for brides as it’s universally flattering. A-line wedding gowns compliment all body types. The dress remains fitted until the waist, where it then flares out into a soft ‘A’ shape, which is where the name comes from. 

The silhouette hugs you in all the right places, making it great for anybody who is particularly concerned about how their body will look in a wedding gown. The shape creates a slimming effect on everyone and gives the appearance of having a small waist as it pinches in at the right place! It’s also perfect for any petite brides out there as it gives the illusion of a longer body.


Mermaid gowns have grown in popularity for modern brides across the world. The silhouette is fitted to the body from the chest to the knee and then flares out at the bottom like a mermaid tail. Unlike the a-line gown, a mermaid shape is tight around your hips and will accentuate that feature rather than hide it, but it can contour your body into a lovely hourglass shape. 

Choosing the right underwear is important for a mermaid gown, and many brides opt for shapewear to make sure they get the overall look they want from their gown. You also want to make sure you don’t have the dress too tight and can move around, something that can be fixed in alterations.


A trumpet gown is somewhat an amalgamation of an a-line and mermaid shape. The silhouette features a straight bodice to the hips and then begins to flare out around mid-thigh. It has the tight fitted top of a mermaid gown, but then also features that flare that you see with an a-line.

Trumpet gowns still show off your figure and enhance your assets while also having that bit of a more gradual flair at the bottom, as opposed to a dramatic change of shape as you see in a mermaid gown. They’re a popular choice for brides who are looking for a bit of drama and classic all in one.

Ball gown

The ball gown silhouette is for those brides who really want their princess moment. It’s all about volume and drama, while also being one of the most classic and popular shapes out there for brides. The fuller shape accentuates your waist by having a tight bodice and then explodes out into a volume of fabric for your bottom half.

If you’re wanting a ball gown remember you can also have alterations to add or remove how much volume you have from your dress. So if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the poof, or wish you had more, visit your seamstress.

Choosing your gown can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many options out there. As you prepare for your bridal appointment, keep these tips in mind to help you decide which shapes to go for!

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