Wedding gown shopping can seem a little overwhelming especially when you consider that it is the most important dress you will ever purchase. On your special day, you want to feel beautiful in your dress. The best way to start to find that perfect dress is to do a little bit of research. It is important to learn the different terminology for the various wedding dress silhouette styles. It will help you to know what style dress you want to look at during your bridal salon appointment.

There are basically six (6) types of wedding gown silhouette styles to consider. They include Ballgown, Empire Line,  Trumpet, A-Line, Sheath Gown, and Mermaid silhouettes. Each style is very different, so we wanted to give you real wedding dress examples of each type of silhouette.

Wedding Dress Silhouette Styles

Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - Ballgown

The Ballgown

The ballgown wedding dress silhouette has a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It is the true “princess” dress. This style is perfect for slender or pear-shaped figures because the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body. If you have larger busts, this style will create the perfect hourglass look. However, many people who are shorter do not like this style because the large skirt is too much for their stature.

The Empire Line

The Empire Line Wedding Dress Silhouette Style has a raised waistline that is just below the bust. The dress flows down from the waistline and drapes over the hips. This style is very understated and is perfect for most body types, and it is perfect for brides who want to hide a long torso or short legs. It is also perfect for brides who are pregnant because the dress can accommodate a growing belly.

Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - Empire Silhouette
Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - Trumpet/Fit & Flare

The Trumpet

The Trumpet wedding dress silhouette is fitted through just below the hips where it flairs out in a semi-full skirt. The dress style is shaped like the bell of a trumpet. This style is also referred to as the Fit And Flare because it is fitted though the body and then flares out by the hips. This cut is great for brides who want to accentuate a small waste and is a great choice for petite brides.

The A-Line

The A-Line Wedding Dress Silhouette Style has a fitted bodice and flows to the ground resembling the letter A. This style is a great one for all figures, especially brides with a larger bust. The full skirt can hide a larger lower body or it can create a curve illusion on a narrow frame.

Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - A-Line
Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - Sheath


The Sheath wedding dress silhouette styles fit very closely to the body and is also known as a column style. It is similar to the mermaid style but not quite as dramatic. This style is commonly selected by lean figured brides. It is also adored by petite brides to help them appear taller.


The Mermaid wedding dress silhouette styles contours the body from the top to the knee or lower with a flare out at the hem. It is more fitted than both the trumpet and sheath styles and it accentuates the body’s curves. If you love the curve of your body, this is the perfect style to show it off. It is a daring design that will definitely be dramatic walking down the aisle.

Wedding Dress Silhouette Style - Mermaid

As you do your research and try on different wedding dress silhouette styles, determine which style works best for your body and makes you feel like a bride. You may start your appointment wanting a ballgown and end up saying yes to a mermaid style. In the end, the Pearl’s Place Bridal team is here to help guide you through hundreds of dresses to find the perfect one for you. Click HERE to learn more about our Bridal Gowns.

Pearl’s Place Bridal helps brides all over the world by handling everything from informal bridal gowns to the ultimate in couture wear. We have one of the largest bridal salons in the south. We carry every pertinent bridal and bridesmaids’ line with new lines arriving constantly. We not only carry all of the lines, but we carry EVERY SINGLE STYLE in that line. We never just pick and chose a few styles. We give you the option, and we offer an unbeatable delivery program. It is our store policy that every bride should have the opportunity to view the best that is available in every price range. We never pre-determine what you should spend! It is your big day, and you know your budget. We can accommodate ALL brides and all budgets. Make an appointment today!