Dress Shape Diary - Silhouette Examples

Dress Shape Diary - Silhouette Examples

When you’re getting ready to look for a wedding dress, it can be a little overwhelming when you see all the different silhouettes to choose from! Here at Simply Elegant by Cheri in Illinois, we think it’s important that brides understand at least a few silhouettes and how to describe them so their stylist can best help them find the perfect gown. Here’s a little rundown of some essential wedding dress silhouettes that you can keep in mind as you begin your search!



Ball Gown

A ball gown is definitely one of the most popular wedding dress shapes. A ball gown features a much larger skirt than any other shape and perfectly captures what it feels like to be a princess! It truly is a dream come true to wear one of these dresses on your wedding day.





An A-line silhouette is a flared skirt with a fitted waistline. This is one of the most popular wedding dress silhouettes because it‘s universally flattering and comfortable! Whether you want to accentuate your waist or emphasize your upper body, this type of dress is a perfect choice.





A mermaid wedding dress flairs out beginning at the knee, creating a dramatic shape that hugs your curves. It also highlights your torso because of the longer bodice. This is another popular wedding style that can be found in a variety of styles featuring lace and embroidered florals.





What's different about the trumpet silhouette is that the flare begins at mid-thigh rather than the knees like a mermaid silhouette. This shape is great for brides wanting to elongate their legs and feel a little more comfortable than they might in a mermaid dress.



Fit and Flare


Fit and flare wedding dresses are pretty and romantic. These could be confused with other dresses that feature a flared out skirt, but keep in mind that the difference here is how tame the flare is. It’s significantly less dramatic than a mermaid or trumpet flare! It follows the natural curves of your body and is a gradual flare that’s universally flattering.


Ready to find your dream wedding gown? Book an appointment with the experts at Simply Elegant by Cheri today!