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Wedding dresses 101




A-line: fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground,
with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an uppercase A).




Ballgown: fitted at the bodice and has a waistline
that leads to a full skirt



Mermaid: fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee,
then flares out to the


Sheath: fits very closely to the contours of the body.
Has a straight skirt with no waist

Trumpet: fits closely to the body until the midhip
and then widens gradually to the hem.
(resembling the mouth of a trumpet).
Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip,
whereas mermaid flairs below the knee


Body types

  • Dress for a plus-size bride.
  • Dress for a tall bride.
  • Silhouette for an apple shape body.
  • Silhouette for a petite bride.
  • Silhouette for a bride with a smaller bust.
  • Silhouette for an athletic body-type.

Don’t forget your waistline, sleeve style and dress length.


See next page for more tips!

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