Must Read Before Searching For Wedding Dresses – The Simplified Guide To Every Wedding Dress Shape

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In terms of wedding dress, the amount of styles and designs are endless.

For those who are searching for the perfect wedding dress for their big day, the choices can be overwhelming.

Wedding Dress Shapes

If you have no idea on what to buy or what suits your taste and style, the below information or guide can surely help you out.

Check out this simplified guide to every wedding dress shape complete with easy to understand illustrations.

This can surely help you out in terms of deciding what to buy or what to wear on your big day.



While the top is fitted to your body, the skirt portion gets wider as it reaches the floor,
creating a shape that looks sort of like an “A”.

Ball Gown


The top is fitted, but the skirt is poofy.

Think of something a fairy-tale princess would wear,
like Lily James in Cinderella).



A simple shape that is straight and column-like from top to bottom.

If you’re looking for something that’s formfitting but not skintight, this design is for you.



This dress is fitted and curve-hugging but flares out at the bottom to look like a fin.

Modified A-Line


Also known as fit-and-flare, this design hugs your body ever so slightly through the hip area
before gradually becoming wider toward the bottom.



If modified A-line and mermaid had a baby, this shape would be it.

For the most part, it will fit tightly to your body, but somewhere around midthigh, the dress will begin to flare.

Image Source: June Letters Studio
H/T: PopSugar.Com



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    November 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Those are great styles. I got married in Vegas, so I didn’t need a wedding dress 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    November 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    wow, I didn’t know there were so many names for dresses. I’m such a tom boy lol. I love te modified A-line verson

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    November 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    OMG, where was this when I was getting married. I had a terrible time finding the right dress.

  4. Jeanette

    November 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I wish I had a guide like this when I was getting married! I had no idea what people were talking about with the different style of dresses!

  5. Mistee Dawn

    November 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Great guide! I think I like the modified a-line or the ball gown the best. They are all wonderful, though!

  6. Diana Villa

    November 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Wonderful tips and post! For me the most important is the shape 🙂

  7. Liz Mays

    November 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Oh wow, it’s nice knowing the names of all of these styles. This could really help narrow down the search.

  8. Emma Spellman

    November 10, 2015 at 2:02 am

    We couldn’t afford a wedding and we didn’t want to wait, but we want to renew are vows in a few years. I can’t wait to pick out the perfect dress.

  9. alexandria waning

    November 10, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I’m sure this will help out a lot of people! I was set on a mermaid and so glad they worked on me! For my vow renewal (5 years from now. lol) I am going to go the complete opposite, pink ball gown!

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc

    November 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I will keep this post for future reference. There is no one in the family getting married in the near future, but who knows if a friend would suddenly get engaged? Thanks for the tips on how to choose the perfect dress.

  11. Mykidsguide

    November 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    These are good to know. I know there are many styles, but I never would have known the names .

  12. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    November 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I had an A-line and a ball gown for my wedding. Bookmarked this for my friend who is getting married.

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    November 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    This is a great guide to wedding dress shapes for the brides. I love the ball gown and wish I had that shape when I got married.

  14. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    November 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I love, I’m a huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress and that is where I get all of my knowledge. lol This is a great recap, I have no idea what type of dress I am. I think I’m afraid to say because I see women fall in love with something else all the time.

  15. lisa

    November 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    This is a great guide for brides to be. I love A-line and modified A-line. This is so nice to know when shopping for the perfect wedding dress!

  16. JenJacqs

    November 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    If I have to choose a wedding dress, I’d go for A-line and modified a-line. Trumpet shape is good too. I wish I can wear something like that when I’ll get married in the future.

  17. ricci

    November 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I’m a single lady and I think wedding dress shopping will be SO MUCH FUN one day!! I love the look of a-lines gowns, they compliment my figure so much better than any other.

  18. Lynndee

    November 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    My wedding dress had an A-line shape. I think somebody told me that it’s the best shape for petite women like me. Am I right about that? 🙂

  19. Jataya

    November 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I am all about the ball gown! Anytime I can figure out how to fit a ball gown into my daily life I do so. I am into pageantry so I feel like ball gowns are the most flattering for my body type.

  20. Kelly Hutchinson

    November 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I need to share this with my daughter. She is getting married next year. This will be very helpful.

  21. Katharina

    November 10, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Really good post. really Informative! And I love the sketches of the different types of dresses

  22. CourtneyLynne

    November 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Finding the right dress really can be tricky!!! I ended up with a mermaid dress and loved it.

  23. Erin

    November 11, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Posts like this almost make me wish I didn’t elope. Almost. lol! I just want to wear a dress!

  24. Bonnie @wemake7

    November 11, 2015 at 2:31 am

    This is a very great guide. I’m not looking to get married because I already am but I wish I knew more about this and maybe would have got a different dress.

  25. HilLesha

    November 11, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Great post! I have always loved the look of ball gowns, but I decided to opt for a Modified A-Line on my wedding day.

  26. Rosey

    November 11, 2015 at 10:15 am

    So many great choices for style. I think the Trumpet is my fave.

  27. Shaney Vijendranath

    November 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    This is so helpful. Will definitely bookmark so I can look back when I’m renewing my wedding vows. I always wanted to wear a ball gown.

  28. Jeanine

    November 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    For my wedding we didn’t do the dress and suit/tux I really regret doing that because I’m dying to get into a wedding dress. This is great!

  29. Marielle Altenor

    November 12, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Who knew the shade of a wedding dress had an actual name? I didn’t lol I think the TRUMPET would be the perfect one for my body shape.

  30. ashleigh

    November 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This article breaks it down so easy for me. I love a-line dresses apparently.Great guide!

  31. Amanda

    November 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    So many beautiful dress choices–makes a girl wish she could just keep getting married over and over again. And have someone else pay for it, of course.

  32. Nikki

    November 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I remember when I was a bride, I’m wearing a simple wedding dress like column, but it’s elegant.

  33. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    November 23, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I had something in between a column and an a-line for my wedding. These are all such gorgeous shapes that there’s definitely something for everyone!

  34. Labella Bridal Shop & Consignment Boutique

    October 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I think, the shape of dress matters a lot for looking gorgeous. But one must choose dress shape according to body structure like if a fat person chooses “a ball gown” that will look fatter.