Wedding Dress Silhouettes

When it comes to shopping for wedding dresses, the choices can be quite overwhelming. Some women know exactly what style they want, while others have absolutely no idea. Some come into our store with one idea in mind, then leave with a completely different style than what they had set out for. Others know what they want and leave with that exact style. The best advice we can give is to try everything – even styles you would never think you could see yourself in. By process of elimination, we will help you find that perfect dress with the silhouette that best fits your style and body type.

For those of you who are first setting out with your wedding dress search, or maybe you just have never been interested to know about the different silhouettes, in today’s blog we are going to go over what types of silhouettes are out there and what tend to best fit certain body shapes. We hope this is super informative and helpful in your search and you can come into your appointment feeling confident and excited for a fun day rather than overwhelmed!


The A-line dress is a very popular style with brides. This silhouette is very complimentary to all body types. A typical A-Line dress puts the focus on making your waist super tiny by being fitted at the waist then flowing naturally to the floor, creating an A-shaped frame.


The ballgown style dress is perfect for those women who want to feel like a princess on their wedding day. These dresses are fitted at the waist, then flare out with a full skirt. These dresses are great for all body types, but are particularly flattering for those with a pear shape body type, since it disguises the lower body. These dresses are also usually avoided by petite women as it can be way too overwhelming for their tiny frame.


Trumpet style dresses fit through the body then flares out mid-thigh. These dresses are perfect for body frames with small waists: hourglass, banana, and petites. These dresses are also great for pear and apple-shaped women, since they accentuate the stomach and hip area.


These dresses are fitted from the chest to the knees, then flare out close to the knees. These dresses are ideal for hourglass body types and slender frames who are wanting to show off their curves. Most brides with apple shape or plus-size body types tend to stray away from this style, but we have also seen these brides rock this silhouette!


These dresses have a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Sheath dresses are perfect for those with lean frames, like petite-size brides or those with a banana-shaped body style. These are also stunning on hourglass frames for those willing to show off their curves. Sheath dresses are typically not flattering for pear-shaped brides as they can show off extra inches.

Tea Length and Mini

These are two styles of wedding dresses that we do not carry in our store. For those wanting a more casual feel, these dresses are the perfect fit. Tea-length dresses are perfect for all body types and end between the ankle and the knee. Mini dresses are ideal for banana body shapes and end just above the knee. We have had brides make tea length and mini dresses out of some of our styles, so while we at Jessica’s do not carry these types of dresses in stock, with a little imagination and a good seamstress, some of our styles can be made into one of these silhouettes.

At Jessica’s on Main, we pride ourselves in offering all types of silhouettes and styles to fit the tastes and needs of every bride. If you want some more examples of these types of silhouettes that we offer at the store, hop on over to our Pinterest page @jessicasonmain!



Casper, R. (2018, August 07). Wedding Gowns 101: Learn the Silhouettes. Retrieved September 27, 2018, from

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