Choosing a Wedding Dress to Flatter Your Figure

Here's a handy little guide to five of the most common wedding dress silhouettes – A-Line, Sheath, Mermaid, Ball Gown and Empire – and what body types they look best on!

Choosing a Wedding Dress to Flatter Your Figure


The A-Line is fitted at the bodice and flares wider toward the bottom.


The waistline on an Empire dress is above the natural waistline, often as high as right below the bust.


The Ball Gown is a long, formal dress that is fitted at the bodice and a very full skirt.


The figure-hugging Sheath dress has a straight skirt and a defined waist.


A Mermaid is a close-fitting dress from the chest to the knee, where it flares out to the hem.

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