The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Silhouettes

One of the most exciting moments you will experience as a bride is when you start looking for your dream wedding dress! At Luxe Redux Bridal, we want to ensure you have an incredible bridal shopping experience. Our team has pulled together some advice + inspo to help you narrow down your search and find the ideal silhouette for your big day. 

We get it, babe - beginning the search for your dream wedding dress can be a bit overwhelming! It's best to start with the basics + know the different types of wedding dress silhouettes to begin to nail down your bridal style. It will save you time as you try on your favorite gowns and help your Luxe Redux stylist easily find wedding dresses that genuinely match your vision. We're giving you the rundown to help make your try-on sesh a little easier!

A-Line Wedding Dresses 

A-line dresses are known for their fitted bodice and flowy skirt. These dresses are cinched at the waist and delicately flow out into a full skirt. This gives the dress the “A” shape [hence the name]. 

You might love an A-line dress if you love the ball gown effect, but want something a bit softer, romantic, and modern. A-line wedding dresses are universally flattering, complementing all body types! This silhouette works perfectly for bigger busted brides as the more dramatic skirt will balance out your upper area.

a line wedding dress- Hayley Paige Dalton

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Ball Gown Wedding Dresses

What could be more classic than a ball gownA ball gown wedding dress consists of a form-fitting bodice with a very large skirt. Normally, the skirt of a ball gown will have layers of tulle or crinoline underneath or require a hoop skirt to be worn for added volume. 

You might love a ball gown wedding dress if you want to stride into your happily ever after like a princess! Ball gowns will accentuate your waistline and make it look tiny by contrasting the small, fitted look of the bodice with the larger skirt. This silhouette brings the volume, drama, and classic elements that can be styled in a vintage or modern way!

Ball gown wedding dress- Pronovias Myrna

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Drop Waist Wedding Dresses 

Here's the scoop: drop waist bridal gowns are trending! This is a unique silhouette where the waistline of the gown is lowered several inches down from the natural waist. This style is available in a variety of silhouettes, including ball gowns, A-lines and sheaths and can be very similar to fit-and-flare styles, which also hug the upper body and flare near the hips. While a natural waist silhouette will have a skirt that begins at the narrowest part of the waist, the skirt of a drop waist wedding gown starts at the hips, which accentuates the entire torso and your curves. 

You might love a drop waist wedding dress if you want to depart from more traditional styles with a fresh, cool factor. Leveraging the drop waist's elongating effect gives the body a smooth, beautiful shape. Drop waist wedding gowns highlight the curves and elongate the torso, making them stunning for those with an hourglass shape or a shorter torso.  

Drop waist wedding dress- Lazaro Collette

Fit and Flare Wedding Dresses

Fit and flare encompasses many distinct silhouettes, including trumpet and mermaid, all sharing that they have a fitted bodice that flares out at the hips and thighs, creating a dramatic silhouette. This form-fitting silhouette hugs the body’s natural curves, making it a style that truly works for every body type. Fit and flare bridal gowns come in a variety of fabrics – from satin to crepe to lace, offering brides endless style options. Trumpet wedding dresses typically flare at the thigh, while mermaid bridal gowns flare at or below the knee.  

You might love a fit and flare wedding dress if you If you want to accentuate your curves and create a feminine, romantic look! Fit and flare dresses are universally flattering by accentuating the bride’s curves and creating a balanced silhouette. They also can come in a variety of necklines, such as sweetheart, V-neck, and bateau. While sleeve options include strapless, off the shoulder, and long sleeves, to suit the bride’s taste and wedding theme.

fit and flare wedding dress- sarah seven florence

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Sheath Wedding Dresses

Known for their clean and classic look, sheath wedding dresses hug the body in an elegant way—showing off your curves without looking or feeling too tight. This silhouette is ideal for brides who want a long and lean look for their wedding day or just love a tailored gown. This silhouette has a fitted look, following the natural curves of your body. Unlike mermaid and fit and flare dresses, sheath wedding gowns have a slightly looser fit featuring a skirt that hangs around the body in a column-like shape rather than form-fitting with a flared skirt.
You might love a sheath wedding dress if you are looking for a fitted gown, but don’t want the drama of traditional fit and flare dress! This silhouette is perfect for brides who want to achieve a simple, sophisticated style that feels chic and minimal. Sheath gowns are incredibly versatile with beautiful laces and blingy details, in silky satins and structured crepe. They come in verious necklines and sleeve styles, making it a great choice for brides who want a fitted wedding dress, but value comfortability. 
sheath dwedding dress- jenny yoo henley

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Bridal Jumpsuits 

In recent years, we've seen more and more modern brides ditch the dress in exchange for a bridal jumpsuit. As one of the hottest trends on the runway at New York Bridal Fashion Week, jumpsuits are having a major moment. Bridal jumpsuits come in every shape and style you can imagine and can be dresses up or down to match your wedding aesthetic! From feathers, detatchable skirts, tulle, satin, capes, and everything in between, wedding jumpsuits are a comfortable and versatile alternative to the classic wedding dress!

You might love a bridal jumpsuit if you're looking for a modern outfit for your ceremony or a chic second wedding look. Whether it's for your bridal shower, elopement, ceremony, or reception, bridal jumpsuits can work for all dress codes and wedding vibes, from black-tie to casual barn weddings.

wedding jumpsuit bride

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Short Wedding Dresses

Once reserved for courthouse nuptials or elopements, short wedding dresses  are perfect for brides who dare to defy convention and showcase their personal style. LWWDs (little white wedding dresses) come in various lengths and styles, catering to different aesthetics and body types. 

You might love a short wedding dress if the classic full-length wedding dress just isn’t your vibe, or you want something fun to wear as your second dress for the wedding reception! Short dresses have gained popularity for their modern and chic appeal, offering brides a unique alternative to traditional floor-length gowns. This shift reflects a desire for versatility and comfort, as brides embrace the freedom to move and dance with ease. With an array of styles to choose from, short wedding dresses provide brides with the opportunity to express their individuality and showcase their personal style on their wedding day.

short wedding dress- by watters adelia

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Tea-Length Wedding Dresses

If you're looking for a timeless bridal look, there's something inherently chic about tea-length wedding dresses. Also referred to as midi length, a tea-length gown typically falls somewhere between knee-length and the ankle—however, it can also include longer ankle-length styles. when it comes to types of tea-length wedding dresses, there are a variety of options to choose from including a-line, high-low, sleek and modern, long sleeve, off the shoulder, and more!

You might love a tea-length wedding dress if you're planning a courthouse or beach wedding where you might not want a more formal floor-length gown. Tea-length gowns give a vintage look as they rose to popularity in the 50's, but they are very versatile in styles and aesthetics!

tea length wedding dress- amsale lw203

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Now that you know the basics to silhouettes, you're ready to find your dream dress! Schedule an appointment, shop our full collection online or try on at home with our Luxe in a Box service