Bridal Breakdown: Silhouettes 101


Recently engaged and all of your thoughts are consumed with planning a wedding that celebrates your relationship perfectly? Whether it’s a small destination elopement, intimate garden ceremony, or big party with everyone you’ve ever known, one thing remains- YOUR DRESS. But where do you begin? How do you narrow down the thousands of options? Don’t fret! Let’s start with the basics and learn some terminology along the way.

SILHOUETTE: The way you describe the shape of gowns. While you want to keep an open mind as you search, you’ll want to be able to communicate the silhouettes you love to your stylist. Let’s take a look at the well-known styles.


This silhouette typically hits at the natural waist with a skirt that has a soft floating feel. Dress: Tatyana Mereynuk- Pheonix
















Ball Gown

The top will be fitted with a voluminous skirt. Perfect if you’re looking for your looking for a bit of drama. Dress: Tara LaTour- Nolan

Tara LaTour Nolan Front



















Also known as the modified A-line, these dresses fit through the widest part of the hip and flow from there. Dress: Rue de Seine- Beau






This silhouette is very fitted through the lower thigh with a dramatic flare. Dress: Persy- Violet


Similar to the mermaid style, a trumpet gown is fitted through mid-thigh and begins to flare from there. Dress: Robert Bullock- Sonja



A long, narrow, slim-fitting dress typically made with light fabrics. Dress: Claire Pettibone – Pearle