Dress Shape Diary

Dress Shape Diary

One of the biggest aspects of your wedding dress’s design is the silhouette: the overall shape of the gown affects which parts of your body the dress is highlighting, so it’s fitting that you’d want one that highlights the parts of your body you love most. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a breakdown of the four most popular bridal silhouettes:

Ball Gown

7355 by Stella York



The ball gown is one of the most iconic shapes, with a bold, full skirt that makes the silhouette stand out. Starting from the waist, the skirt creates a full, rounded shape that gives it that dramatic look. The full skirt highlights your torso and arms, while also giving you the illusion of floating as you walk. 


7046 by Stella York



Like the ball gown, the A-line flares from the natural waist; however, the skirt is much less full, creating a slanting A-shape. The A-line skirt creates the perfect shape to direct attention to your waist, with the skirt’s lines making you appear slimmer. This shape is universally flattering, making this an extremely popular shape among brides and designers alike. 


D3340 by Essense of Australia



For brides who want something sultry and bold, you’ll love the mermaid silhouette. The skirt begins at the knee, flaring out from a fitted bodice to create an exaggerated hourglass shape, emphasizing your curves beautifully. By starting at the knee, the skirt is more structured, flaring at a dramatic angle. 

Fit and Flare

7324 by Stella York



The fit and flare silhouette is much like the mermaid, in that it creates an hourglass shape. The key difference is in the skirt’s angle: rather than starting at the knee, the skirt begins mid-way down the thigh, creating a more relaxed silhouette than the mermaid. 

Still not sure which silhouette you want? Book an appointment at Lastrina Girls, and our expert staff will help you find the perfect dress.