There are many different silhouettes that dresses come in. Sometimes it can be a difficult to understand the different silhouette lingo and what they look like. Blue Bridal is here to help explain what each silhouette is and show examples of them to help you in your quest to find the perfect gown!
Ball gown: Most brides consider this the ultimate “princess” dress with the fairytale style. It has a fitted bodice complimented by a full skirt. The bodice can meet the skirt at either a natural waist or a drop waist (we will get to these terms a little later).
A-line: This has a style to a ball gown, but without the full skirt. It is fitted in the bodice to the waist. The skirt has a slight flair out resembling the shape of an uppercase “A” letter outline.
Fit and Flair/Trumpet: This style is fitted to the body until the mid-thigh area. Once it reaches the mid-thigh it has a small flair in to the floor. This silhouette hits a little bit higher than a mermaid dress and lower than a drop waist A-line or ball gown.
Mermaid: The dress is fitted from the bodice all the way until the knees and then flairs out. It can either flair out closer to the knee for a more slender look or it can flair out to have a poof effect.
Sheath: This silhouette is when the dress goes straight down from the bodice to the hem. This is a common style when dresses are backless and simple.
Tea-length: This style is when the dress’ hem stops between the knee and ankle. The skirt of the dress usually has an A-line silhouette.
Mini: The dress stops above the knee. This can be either left by itself or an overlaying skirt can be added.
Natural waist: This is when the bodice and skirt meet at the smallest part of the waist. When you lean sideways, it is where a crease is created.
Dropped waist: This is when the bodice hits around the hip bones and above the bottom.