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One of the very first questions you’ll be asked while shopping for your dream gown is which type of wedding dress silhouette you’d like to wear. While you should ask to try on a variety of gowns before committing to just one, you should still be familiar with the different wedding dress silhouettes and what they look like. So, before you head to the bridal salon make sure you check out this handy wedding dress silhouette guide!

Here are the top wedding dress silhouettes you need to know about.

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Ball Gown

Brides hoping to achieve a princess-inspired bridal look will love this wedding dress silhouette. A ball gown silhouette features a fitted bodice and a very wide, full skirt (similar to the dress styles you see in fairytales). It's appropriate for formal weddings and is great for brides who may want to camouflage their hips.

Gown by Galia Lahav 

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An A-line wedding dress flares more slightly than a ball gown (the skirt basically creates the shape of the letter A). It's popular with brides because it's flattering on most figure types, since it gradually widens towards the hem.

Dress by Amsale

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A fit-n-flare wedding dress is fitted at the waist and then flares out at or below the hips. This flared skirt adds a flirtatious vibe and is also easy to dance in!

Gown by Justin Alexander

Victoria Kyriakides


Another figure-hugging wedding dress silhouette, the mermaid style is extremely fitted, and flares out below the knee. It's also a great option for brides looking to show off their curves in a luxe and flirtatious way. 

Gown by Victoria Kyriakides

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A sheath wedding gown skims the body and falls straight to the floor. It's typically thought of as a romantic wedding dress silhouette, (since it's light and airy) and looks best on brides with tall, slim figures.

Dress by Allure Bridals


A trumpet silhouette hugs the body and flares out at the mid-thigh - creating something of a trumpet shape.

Dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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A peplum is a 1940s-inspired fit-n-flare silhouette. This wedding dress silhouette features a short overskirt which covers up the hip portion of a gown and is perfect for creating a feminine and sweet bridal look.

Dress by Gracy Accad