The ultimate wedding dress silhouette guide to finding your perfect fit!

If you’re just beginning the journey to your perfect wedding dress, one of the first things you may do is start hunting for the styles you love. However, with the huge variety of styles and options out there, the fastest way to finding your dream dress is to actually figure out what wedding dress silhouette works for your wedding style and body type.

Explore the Wedding Dress Silhouettes on offer at Bride&co, as well as some insights into the body types that they suit best. Ultimately, we believe that it’s how the dress makes you feel that counts the most, but this wedding dress silhouette guide is a surefire way to understand what’s on offer.

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Bride&co Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Bride&co stocks 4 ranges of silhouettes:

Ballgown Wedding Dresses

A-Line Wedding Dresses

Fitted / Mermaid Wedding Dresses

Sheath Wedding Dresses


Calling all princess vibes! This is the traditional wedding dress silhouette, reminiscent of fairytales and happily-ever-afters. Defined by the very full skirt, this wedding dress features a cinched, natural waist with a fitted bodice. A flattering style, the ballgown silhouette celebrates most body types.

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Give it a go if...

  • You’re searching for the epitome of romance in your wedding dress
  • Perfect for pear, boyish, or busty types, as this silhouette creates curves, whilst balancing and forgiving in all the right places.

Give it a miss if...

  • You’re petite or on the smaller side, as the sheer volume of the skirt could overwhelm your frame
  • You want freedom of movement or simplicity on your wedding night. This dress packs a lot of material and bathroom trips need to include a bridesmaid- or two!

Try these ballgown wedding dresses

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The most flattering of all wedding dress silhouettes and suited to most body types; A-Line wedding dresses are popular with brides worldwide. The cut is narrowest at the top and widest at its hem, creating the namesake ‘A’ shape.

Give it a go if...

  • You’re anyone. Seriously, the A-Line wedding dress silhouette is beautiful on nearly every bride and allows a lot of movement on the dance floor!

Give it a miss if...

  • You are looking for something super-sexy. This silhouette tends to hide hourglass shapes or sultry curves.

Try these a-line wedding dresses

fitted & mermaid.

Fit and Flare wedding dresses celebrate the female body, following the lines of the waist, hips and thighs- giving way to a flared skirt from mid-thigh to the knee. Fit and Flare wedding dress silhouettes range from the curve-hugging mermaid cut, to the more linear trumpet cut, giving brides a fair amount of choice on the sensuality of the silhouette.

Give it a go if...

  • You’re rocking an hourglass shape with curves in all the right places. The mermaid silhouette is all about celebrating feminine form.

Give it a miss if...

  • You are looking to get wild on the dance floor- this wedding dress can be tight and constricting.

Try these fitted wedding dresses

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The last silhouette in our Wedding Dress Silhouette Guide is the Sheath Wedding Dress, otherwise known as a column dress. It features a form-fitting style that closely follows the natural line of the body, and doesn’t flare out at all. These simple wedding dresses embody simplicity and effortless grace.

Give it a go if...

  • You’re petite, lean or slender. The sheath silhouette creates an elongated structure, lengthening and slimming smaller frames

Give it a miss if...

  • You have a curvy, hourglass or busty shape as this dress could unbalance your frame

Try these sheath wedding dresses

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