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With so many wedding dress styles, it can be hard to know where to start!
Thinking about silhouettes can help narrow down the best dress for body types of all shapes and sizes.

ball gown

The regal ball gown silhouette is timeless and worthy of a fairy tale. This wedding dress style features a slim-cut bodice and a full, bell-shaped skirt that seems to float down the aisle.

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mermaid

The glamorous mermaid silhouette amplifies curves for a sultry result. An elongated bodice hugs the body, and the skirt flares out mid-thigh or at the knees, creating the hourglass effect.

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sheath

The sheath silhouette gracefully skims to show off your body’s natural shape. The wedding dress style’s straight lines lengthen—and lend an effortless and modern air.

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A-line

With its subtle and balanced lines, the A-line dress silhouette flatters all body types. The fitted bodice highlights your narrowest point, and the gradually flared skirt is easy to wear.

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separates

A two-piece twist on the traditional wedding dress, separates—like a top and skirt set or a dress with a removable overskirt—allow you to switch things up for a second (or third) look.

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jumpsuit

The jumpsuit is polished, modern, and fun. Whether slim-cut or wide-leg, pants ensure extra comfort from the ceremony all the way through the after-party.

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With so many beautiful options available, finding the perfect wedding dress for your special day may seem a little daunting. At David’s Bridal, we are here to guide you with confidence. We know how different wedding dress styles can achieve different results and which silhouettes can provide the most flattering fit for your shape. Let us match you with the ideal dress silhouette to help you say “I do.”


A-Line

Similar to ball gowns, A-line wedding dresses are fitted through the waist or hips before extending into a full skirt, creating a beautiful A-shaped silhouette. The skirt on a simple A-line dress is less flared than a ball gown and looks flattering on all shapes and sizes.


Ball Gown

This striking gown evokes fairytale magic. With its fitted bodice and dramatically flared skirt, it’s no wonder so many brides dream of wearing this silhouette on their special day. Ball gown wedding dresses are a stunning choice for many brides, however they can overwhelm a petite frame.


Mermaid

Ethereal and enchanting, mermaid wedding gowns dazzle with timeless elegance. This fitted gown hugs the length of the body before flaring out at the knees in a romantic skirt. This fit-and-flare wedding dress style, also called a trumpet wedding dress, is best suited for hugging slender frames, hourglass figures, and full-figured curves.


Sheath

Effortlessly stunning, this bridal style provides a tailored, narrow silhouette from neckline to hem. Simple sheath wedding dresses are traditionally lighter than their full-skirted sisters and offer a body-hugging silhouette. This straight wedding dress looks best on slender, petite, and hourglass frames.


Short

Growing in popularity for casual weddings, pre-wedding events, and as a second-dress option for the reception, short wedding dresses bring versatility to the party. From true knee-length skirts evocative of mid-Century fashion, to tea-length wedding dresses with hemlines hitting between the knee and ankle, to high-low styles cut shorter in front and longer in back, short bridal dresses are perfect for showing off your legs, dazzling shoes, and epic dance moves.


Separates

If a traditional gown isn’t for you, create your own unique wedding day style with chic bridal separates. Options include two-piece wedding dresses fashioned from a top and skirt, as well as classic suiting pieces like tops, pants, jackets and skirts. Bridal separates are a modern way to highlight your best assets, flatter your figure, and express your personal style.


Jumpsuits

One of the freshest trends in bridal fashion, the wedding jumpsuit is almost universally flattering because it creates a long line on the body and comes in a variety of necklines, sleeves and even pant widths. A one-piece jumpsuit offers brides a stand-out style that highlights the narrowest part of the body – the waist – and creates the illusion of long legs, making you look and feel great on your wedding day.



FAQs


A-line wedding gowns are the most popular silhouette on the market because they flatter almost all shapes and sizes. They are more voluminous than sheath dresses and less than ball gowns making them the perfect middle-ground for brides to make a statement. A-line dresses also come in a range of different fabrics and may feature embellishments such as beads, tulle, and organza. At David’s Bridal, we carry a large selection of A-line dresses to suit your style.

Mermaid wedding dresses are a beautiful option for flaunting your figure. The style hugs your body to your knees and then flares out. This makes them a perfect choice for the confident bride. After all, the best wedding dress silhouette is the one that makes you feel your most beautiful.

A ball gown dress, also referred to as a princess wedding dress is a traditional option that’s flattering on many body types. David’s Bridal carries an exquisite selection of wedding ball gown dresses from simple to elaborate.

Yes! An A-line silhouette is extremely versatile and looks great on most shapes and sizes, making it the most popular choice for brides.

A sheath wedding gown fits close to the body and falls with minimum flare from the waist or hips down to the floor. Straight wedding dresses are timeless classics and make an excellent choice for brides who don’t want to feel overpowered by their gowns.

A plus size A-line wedding dress is a great option for women with full, curvy figures. It offers a slight flare from the waist without being as dramatic as a ball gown and as figure-hugging as a sheath dress. At David’s Bridal, we carry hundreds of plus size wedding dresses of every silhouette in sizes 14W – 30W, designed using real customers’ measurements and a size 18 fit model. The result? Simply gorgeous dresses that fit like a dream.

Yes! A short wedding dress gives you the chance to show off your legs, and your shoes! Not only this, choosing a short wedding dress means you don’t have to worry about tripping over any fabric. Pair your short wedding dress with jewelry to glam it up! Just consider your wedding venue and season. For example, a religious house of worship may require a full-length skirt and you may want more leg coverage for warmth if you’re having an outdoor ceremony in the early spring or late autumn.

If you need help choosing the best bridal style for your special day, make an appointment at one of our 300 store locations. Our expert stylists can provide more guidance and inspiration to help you choose the dress of your dreams.