Dress Shape Diary

Dress Shape Diary

When shopping for a wedding dress, one of the biggest decisions is which silhouette you want. The silhouette is the base of the dress, and each shape does something different to complement your body. If you’re one of the many brides who begins wedding dress shopping unsure what silhouette she wants, this blog will help you understand the different dress shapes and which may be great for you:

Ball Gown

220282 by Martin Thornburg



The ball gown is one of the most iconic dress shapes, and it’s a popular choice among brides who want that classic, princess-like look on their wedding day. The defining feature of the ball gown is its full skirt, which flares out from the natural waist into a fluffy, rounded skirt that makes the ball gown a stand-out silhouette. 


220114EN by Enchanting by Mon Cheri



Like the ball gown, the A-line silhouette’s skirt begins at the natural waist. The skirt is much less exaggerated, flaring into a gentle A-shape that gives the silhouette its name. This silhouette is universally flattering, as it slims you and makes you appear taller. Perfect for brides who love the ball gown but don’t want all the drama of a ball gown, the A-line is a classic shape for a reason!

Fit and Flare

TR11988 by Modest by Mon Cheri



If you prefer fitted silhouettes over full skirts, the fit and flare may be the perfect shape. The bodice is fitted through the hip, with the skirt flaring out from midway down the thigh. This creates an exaggerated hourglass shape, flattering your figure and making your curves stand out beautifully. 


MD206 by Eddy K Dreams



The mermaid and fit and flare share the exaggerated hourglass silhouette, but the mermaid skirt begins slightly lower—flaring from the knee, it gives the dress a more structured shape and a slightly more exaggerated curve. This is the perfect dramatic, bold wedding dress shape for fashion-forward brides, and it highlights your hips perfectly. 

If you’re looking for your perfect dress silhouette, book an appointment at Malmrose Bridal and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the right silhouette for you.