Dress Silhouette Guide

Dress Silhouette Guide

For brides shopping for their wedding dress, knowing the different silhouettes and ways they work with your body is key. Acquainting yourself with all the different styles and silhouettes before your appointment helps you to potentially have a better idea of what dresses you may want to try on first!

Ball Gown

Vance by Sottero and Midgley

For brides who want something classic and girly but still striking and bold, you’ll love the ball gown. A fitted bodice turns into a rounded, full skirt that begins at the natural waist. The bell like shape of the skirt is the most eye-catching element of the dress, and the balance of the skirt and fitted bodice places more emphasis on your arms and torso. 


Nala by Blue by Enzoani

Another style with a full skirt that flares from the natural waist, the A-line is one of bridal’s most popular silhouettes. The skirt creates a gentle, A-shaped slope, and the slanted lines of the skirt point upwards towards your waist, creating a slimming effect. This silhouette is not only universally flattering, but the simple, easy shape seamlessly carries any bridal aesthetic. 



61306B by Watters

For a dress that’s not quite fitted but does not have a full skirt either, the sheath is perfect. A simple, flowing shape, the skirt remains close in to the body without becoming completely fitted. For brides who want something chic and easygoing, this silhouette is perfect, making you appear taller and subtly working with your figure. 


Fiona by Maggie Sottero

Dreaming of a dress that’s bold and sultry? You’ll love the mermaid silhouette, with it’s bold, trumpet-like skirt. The skirt flares out from knee, working with the fitted bodice to create a unique, curvy hourglass silhouette that emphasizes your curves perfectly. The bold, structured silhouette is completely stunning, and often ends in a gorgeous, detailed train. 

Fit and Flare

1111 by Martina Liana

Loving the bold, sultry look of a mermaid silhouette, but want something slightly more relaxed? The fit and flare shape is very similar, but the skirt begins midway down the thigh rather than from the knee, giving you the same curvy shape in a more subtle, relaxed form that is effortlessly sexy. 

Looking for your perfect dress? Book an appointment at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal and our expert staff will help you find the wedding dress of your dreams.