Wedding dress shapes & styles

Knowing where to start when looking for your dream wedding dress can be tricky!

Especially if you are creating a bespoke dress from scratch.

To help we have put together a simple guide which highlights the popular traditional wedding dress shapes/ styles.


The A-Line wedding dress shape has a fitted bodice and flares out from the waist.

  • The shape of the dress gives you an ‘A’.
  • Flattering on most body types making it a popular skirt silhouette.
  • Very comfy with plenty of room for movement whilst making you look stunning.
  • Most recommended for straight or inverted triangle figures.


Sheath Shaped Wedding Dress

This dress follows the body’s natural line and has a long slim silhouette without flare.

  • Also referred to as a column shape.
  • This silhouette is most popular on sleek, athletic/ straight and hourglass figure. 


Ballgown Shaped Wedding Dress

The full skirt is the most recognisable trait of this shape.

  • Also known as a princess dress.
  • The skirt contrasts with a fitted bodice and clinched waist.
  • A dramatic classic dress shape that can compliment most body types.
  • Most popular for brides with boyish figures.


Mermaid Shaped Wedding Dress

This shape hugs the top half of the body tightly and flares out from the knee and below.

  • Also known as a fishtail shape.
  • Perfect for brides who want to show their body shape and curves.
  • Most popular with hourglass figures.


Trumpet Shaped Wedding Dress

A straight-lined skirt that subtly flares from the knee.

  • Skirt shape is similar to a trumpet.
  • Popular with curvy Brides who are looking for a form fitting dress that is slightly easier to move in.


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