When you start looking at wedding gowns to try on, where do you even begin?!  Starting with a certain gown shape is the perfect way to figure out which style will flatter your figure the most.  We had Sharon, the owner of Tiffanys Bridal, Lindsay, the owner of Annalise Bridal, and Susan, the owner of Sealed With A Kiss, help us decipher the difference in popular gown styles.


Lindsay: “Mermaid or fit & flare is a great option if you lack curves because it can give the illusion of curves.”

Susan: “If you want to show off your curves, try the most figure hugging mermaid where the flare starts low down on the gown, i.e. approximately knee height.”

Fit & Flare

Susan: “This style is great for the bride who has a petite figure but feels conscious of her derriere/ thighs.  Fit & flare accents the pretty hipline right at the hip bones, but does not reveal as much lower down the leg.”

Sharon: “A fit-and-flare is the more common and more forgiving version of the mermaid silhouette that allows more freedom of movement because the skirt flares out higher, above the knees, giving balance to a more voluptuous figure but still highlighting those curves.”

gown styles for your body type
Justin Alexander Signature from Sealed With A Kiss

Ball Gown

Lindsay: “Any body type can wear a ball gown, but it is a commitment, so be sure you want to deal with the BIG dress all night!”

Sharon: “A ball gown’s full skirt covers full hips and thighs and highlights a smaller top.”

Essence of Australia from Tiffanys Bridal


Lindsay: “Sheath is great for the hour glass figure and also to give an elongated/taller look.”

Sharon: “Sheaths are tough to wear but can highlight a slender figure.”


Lindsay: “A-line is flattering on most anyone, especially a bride that is bigger on the bottom.  A-line is also great for the opposite bride that is martini shaped.  It’s great for balancing the silhouette.”

Susan: “This style works well on almost every figure!  The “A” shaped skirt will cover any perceived issues a bride has about her figure, allowing her beauty to shine.”

gown styles for your body type
Essence of Australia from Tiffanys Bridal

Two Piece

Susan: “The difference between a mock two-piece and an actual two-piece is mostly one of sophistication. If you want to carry the look to indoor sophistication, consider the mock two-piece with illusion midriff — it’s so chic!”

gown styles for your body type
Modern Trousseau from Sealed With A Kiss Bridal
The Perfect Gown for Your Body Type: Richmond VA Wedding Blog
“Sunny” from Blush by Hayley Paige from Annalise Bridal

Sharon shares some final advice for your gown search: “Don’t forget that the details are important as well. Although a specific silhouette may flatter your body type, placement of the waistline, type of neckline, addition of a belt, and the use of ruching can also make a difference. The best advice? Give a few different styles a try and see what works for you!”

Featured image: Monroe by Amy Kuschel from Annalise Bridal