Dress Silhouettes 101

We often find brides asking us which silhouette will work best for their body type. The answer varies based on the bride and what part of her body she wants to highlight. Each silhouette does something different, so choosing comes down to what you’re looking for! Below, read our breakdown of each dress shape:



7341 by Stella York



Possibly the most iconic silhouette, the A-line has been a go-to shape for decades. The timeless style is well-loved for good reason, as the silhouette is flattering on everyone. The A-line makes you look taller, with a fitted bodice that flares into a gentle A-shape from the waist. The fuller skirt emphasizes your waist, also making you appear slimmer. 

Ball Gown

T872 by Moonlight Tango



Much like the A-line, the ball gown is fitted and flares from the natural waist. The key difference is the skirt: a ball gown is much fuller, creating a more dramatic, rounded skirt. You get all the benefits of an A-line, with a slightly bolder, more princess-like look—perfect for the woman who loves girly, feminine drama. 

Fit and Flare

7335 by Stella York



Perfect for brides looking to show off the curves, the fit and flare is fitted through the hip, with the skirt flaring out midway down the thigh to create a stunning, exaggerated hourglass shape. If you love your hips and want to show them off, this silhouette is perfect for you. 


6697 by Stella York



Like the fit and flare, the mermaid gown is fitted through the hip and creates an hourglass shape. However, the mermaid skirt begins at the knee, flaring out at a more dramatic angle for a bold look that brings all the drama. Perfect for women seeking a sultry look, mermaid dresses are always showstopping. 

Want to come try on a few of these silhouettes for yourself? Book an appointment at Main Street Bridal!