Wedding dress shopping can be a stressful process, especially when a bride is bombarded with  a variety  of different silhouettes! The Bridalistas here at Blue Bridal want to help new brides navigate the process by giving a quick breakdown of the silhouettes and the bridal lingo we use to describe them!


The ballgown is typically known as the quintessential “fairy tale” dress. They have a fitted bodice, flair at the waist and a very full skirt. These gowns are Ideal for most body types, but look great on pear shapes, since it hides the lower body.


The A-line style dress has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground gradually, resembling the outline of an uppercase “A.” This shape is ideal for all body types.

Casablanca 2168Modified A-Line

The modified A-line is fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line, and this shape is ideal for all body types.

KW 1614Trumpet

The trumpet style is fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid. This style is ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass shape and petite brides.


The mermaid style is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. This cut is ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves.


The sheath style has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem, and is Ideal for lean frames, such as petites. It can also be good on brides with an hourglass figure who are willing to show off their curves. 

Tea-Length & Mini

A tea-length style has a skirt that falls in between the ankle and the knee, and is ideal for all body types. The mini style has a skirt that falls above the knee, and is ideal for brides with a curvy shape. Many brides who come in looking for a unique, fun, and playful dress LOVE the tea-length and mini silhouettes!