Wedding Dress Silhouettes


One of the best parts about planning a wedding is choosing your wedding dress. There are so many different styles of wedding dresses available to brides these days that it can often be difficult to navigate each silhouette and determine which will look best for your shape.
Our wedding dress silhouette guide will give insight into each style of dress so that you can get a good idea of what styles will work best and flatter your body. Our bridal boutique in London, Ontario is the perfect place to explore each wedding dress silhouette and find out what works best for you!

Ball Gown

Wedding Dress Silhouettes Ball Gown Nicholas & Elizabeth
When you think of “fairy tale” wedding, this is the type of dress that likely comes to mind. A ball gown style of wedding dress is defined by a full skirt and fitted bodice. The full skirt is ideal for camouflaging the hips and thighs which makes it a flattering cut for pear shapes. Ball gown wedding dresses should generally be avoided by petites since the dress can look very overwhelming on smaller frames.



Wedding Dress Silhouettes A-Line Nicholas & Elizabeth
Named this because of its resemblance to the letter A, this classic cut cinches the smallest part of your natural waist and its full skirt camouflages hips and balances the shoulders. This style of wedding dress is flattering on all body types, from petite to plus size and everyone in between.


Modified A-Line

Wedding Dress Silhouettes Modified A-Line Nicholas & Elizabeth
A modified A-line gown is very similar to an A-line gown except it is more fitted in the bodice and has a more gradual flare towards the hem of the dress. The skirt of a modified A-line wedding dress generally fits closer to the body but like the classic A-line cut, it is flattering for all body types.



Wedding Dress Silhouettes Trumpet Nicholas & Elizabeth
This style of wedding dress has become very popular in recent years. It is fitted through the waist and flares out around the mid-thigh. Also referred to as a fit-and-flare style of wedding dress, the trumpet style of dress is a hybrid between a modified A-line dress and a mermaid dress. This bridal silhouette is best on hourglass, petite and longer shaped bodies. As it accentuates the stomach and hips, it’s generally avoided by pear and apple shaped body types.



Wedding Dress Silhouettes Mermaid Nicholas & Elizabeth
Similar to the trumpet style of wedding dress, the mermaid cut dress is fitted through the waist and hips, flaring out around the knee. The dress silhouette really lets the wearer show off her curves and is most flattering on slender frames and hourglasses. Like the trumpet style of gown, it accentuates the stomach and hips and is generally avoided by pear and apple shaped body types.


Tea Length

Wedding Dress Silhouettes Tea Length Nicholas & Elizabeth
This bridal silhouette’s skirt falls between the bottom of the calf and knees and gives the wearer a classic, almost retro look. The shape of the dress can be full or more figure-hugging but it’s a style of wedding dress that looks great on all body types.



Wedding Dress Silhouettes Sheath Nicholas & Elizabeth
A sheath style of wedding dress offers the wearer a narrow silhouette that flows straight from the neckline to the hem. This dress looks best on petites, longer frames and hourglasses who want to show off their curves. This wedding dress silhouette is tricky to pull off for pears and plus sizes and are often unflattering when worn poorly.


To try on any of the above shapes and styles of wedding dress, please make an appointment at Nicholas & Elizabeth today. Whether you know exactly what you want to wear on your wedding day or want to try on different dress silhouettes to see what looks best, our bridal stylists will help you find your perfect dress!

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