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The Definitive Guide to Bridal Silhouettes

If you’re just beginning your search for the perfect wedding dress, you might feel overwhelmed and not even know where to start! If you’re a wedding dress beginner, silhouettes are a great place to start your search. At your bridal appointment, you might be asked which styles and silhouettes you are interested in, so it can definitely be helpful to be familiar with the name and look of each one before you go!

Because each silhouette has its own style and each highlights different features of the body, there isn’t really one silhouette that is better than the others! We’ve chosen a few of our favorite dresses to illustrate each silhouette, all of which can be found on the Anne’s Bridals website! We hope this helps you to better understand the complex world of wedding dresses, while also giving you a little inspiration in your own search!

Ball Gown

The ball gown bridal silhouette is possibly the most classic silhouette, as it is what most of us think of when we picture a bride! This flattering style has a fitted bodice paired with a very full skirt, so it accentuates the bust and waist while downplaying the hips. This is one of the most popular wedding silhouettes because it is flattering on nearly every body type. Plus, who doesn’t love to be the star of the show on your wedding day? In a dreamy full ball gown, you’ll certainly be hard to miss!



A-Line dresses are like the ball gown’s little sister- fitted in the bodice and flowy in the skirt, this silhouette is also one of the most universally flattering styles. This silhouette gets its name from the way the skirt flares out in the shape of an ‘A’ in one elongated line, which makes it perfect for any bride that wants to appear taller and slimmer on their big day! This style is also a great choice because it isn’t as heavy as a ball gown, and has a lot more maneuverability than a mermaid or trumpet dress, making it a lot easier to dance the night away!



This popular and flattering silhouette is fitted through the bust and hips, then flares out at or just above the knee into a flowy skirt that resembles a mermaid’s tail or a trumpet. Because this silhouette hugs the whole body, it flatters most figures and is perfect for brides that want to showcase their curves and aren’t afraid to flaunt what they’ve got! Since this silhouette is fitted around the hips and legs, it can be a little more difficult to walk and dance in, so we definitely recommend practicing before the big day!



The sheath silhouette is probably the most minimalist of all of the classic silhouettes, as it skims closely to the body and falls straight to the floor, following one line from neckline to hem with no defined waistline. This silhouette tends to be popular with more petite brides, as it won’t overwhelm a small frame, and the straight lines help to elongate the body. However, these dresses are also a great choice for brides that want a simpler, yet still stunning look on their wedding day, and are perfect for outdoor destination weddings!


We hope this guide will help you in your quest for the perfect wedding dress! To browse even more dresses in all silhouettes, visit the Anne’s Bridals website, then book an appointment and visit us at our in-store location in West Paducah, Kentucky! We would love to help your wedding dreams become a reality!

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