Wedding Dress Silhouettes

November 2015

If you ask anyone for tips on how to pick, or shop for a wedding dress you will usually hear the same thing:

Try on a number of different silhouettes when you go for your fitting – not just the gown you may have picked out on the online catalogue.

 People will tell you this because you may not know what you will look best in – try on all the different shapes and styles until you find the dress that you fall head over heels in love with.

Now, as a bride to be you may not know what options you have when it comes to silhouettes, or which silhouette is best suited to your body shape – so here is a quick silhouette guide.

For this guide we will use dresses from the renowned wedding dress designer, Maggie Sottoro’s collection to illustrate each dress silhouette.


The skirt of an A-line dress is shaped like the letter A. this is style from the 50’s, but an age-old classic that hides the hips and comes in at the smallest part of your waist with a fitted bodice. This fuller skirt also helps to balance out broader shoulders.

Ball Gown

You can recognize a ball gown silhouette by a full skirt and small waist. This type of dress works wonders for turning heads, as well as for hiding the problem areas such as hips and thighs.

Watch out however if you have a petite build – you do not want to get lost behind your dress and the ball gown can be a little overwhelming.


A strapless dress can come in Sweetheart or straight cuts and flatters any body type. Sweetheart necklines will show off your curves while a straight neckline can show off toned shoulders.
Fit and flare (also known as the trumpet or mermaid)

Fit and Flare

The fit and flare dress silhouette is exactly what it sounds like – the dress fits the body snugly from the top down to your hips, showing off curves, and then flares out. As this style of dress accentuates the hips and stomach it is not great for pear and apple shaped bodies. This style works best on petites, and those with a small-waisted hour glass figure.



This is a narrow shaped dress that flows straight down and is very popular with the current bohemian wedding dress trends. This classic style is best fitted to petite, short brides.

Slim/modified A-line

The skirt of a slim A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line skirt. It is fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares into an A shape. This silhouette is suited to all body types.
A beautiful example of this is Maggi Sottoros’s Wedding Dress, Patience, that is well suited to the current wedding dress trends.

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