During your wedding dress appointment, one of the first things. You will be asked by the bridal stylist is which type of wedding dress shape or silhouette you would like to wear. You might already have an idea of how you want your dress to look—comfortable and flowy, curve-hugging, etc. But knowing exactly how to describe your dream gown can go a long way when working with your stylist. We have created this glossary explaining the differences between six popular wedding dress shapes. You will definitely want to know, including the best wedding dresses for your body type and the benefits of each silhouette. Most importantly, once you have narrowed it down to one or two dress shapes. We recommend trying on at least one dress that is the total opposite, just to be sure.
If you have ever dreamed of having your own fairytale moment, then this is the silhouette for you. Ball gowns are one of the most classic wedding dress shapes and will instantly give you the Cinderella effect on the big day. A ball gown features a fitted bodice (often with a corset) and a wide, full skirt. Most often achieved by using crinolines or layers of tulle. Since the full skirt glides over your lower torso, this silhouette is great for brides who want to cinch in their waist, prioritize bust support, or create the illusion of wider hips. The ball gown is one of the most regal silhouettes—the Duchess of Cambridge, Grace Kelly, Jackie O. And Princess Diana all wore ball gowns for their weddings.