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Camellia’s guide to wedding dress shapes

Camellia’s guide to wedding dress shapes

Wedding dress shapes, where do you begin? Many brides ask us ‘What will suit me?” The answer is usually that you until you start to try on dresses you really don’t know! Some shapes suit certain figures better than others – but it’s all about how the dress makes you feel when you are wearing it. After all, a comfortable bride is a beautiful bride!

Here’s our guide to different wedding dress shapes that are available to help you…

A Line

A Line dresses usually have a fitted bodice and a skirt which flares gently from your waist, over your hip to form an “A” shape. This style of dress tends to suit most figures. If you are pear shaped bride they will look particularly great as they slim your waist whilst hiding the hips and legs. For an apple shape, the right A Line dress will help you create the illusion of a waist and a more in-and-out silhouette.

To hide your tummy, styles with asymmetric pleats at the waist are also something to look out for!  Have a look at our Alexandra dress.  One of our best selling styles, brides love the way the side pleats have the effect of hiding their tummy, yet flattering their waist. Alexamdra also draws the eye up to the neckline with sparkles on the bust area, and a pretty detachable halter neck strap.

A soft romantic A Line is Veromia’s Jane, with a full waterfall skirt and a sweetheart neckline and illusion detail.  With this A-line your eye is drawn to the top or the bottom of the dress, taking the eye away from the waistline.

Belted A-line dresses, or dresses with a belt effect can really help to emphasise your waistline further. Extra sparkles and detail, again keep the attention away from the hips. Our Ella Rosa dress Danielle, is a great example of how having a belted A Line dress can really minimise your waist.  The line of extra sparkle and detail keeps the attention away from the hips and focused on the top half.  And it’s VERY pretty!

A Line – also great for curvy brides

Take a look at Sophie to see one of our plus-size A Lines with straps and a deep V-neckline.  Many of our Sonsie styles are cut with an A Line shape, as it really helps you create a fabulous hour glass shape (helped by the amazing internal corsetry in these dresses too!). Floaty chiffon wedding dress Annette by Sonsie’s detailing totally disguises your tummy. Your eye is totally drawn to the top half away from the legs, hips and thighs. This dress also offers a bit of cover on the top part of your arms.

A Line dresses look great on everyone, and they are a very popular shape for brides, with so much variation on the basic shape there will certainly be an A Line for you to fall in love with.

Empire Line

Empire line dresses fall away from under the bust into an A line shape, often in floaty chiffon for a soft romantic look. A flattering shape for you if you have a small bust, it can also give the appearance of added height for petite brides. This style is also great for brides who wish to conceal larger hips or tummies as they tend to be less fitted. Great for pregnant brides too!

Princess or Ball Gown

One of the most popular and traditional wedding dress shapes is the ballgown, which gives the princess look, fitted at the waist with a full skirt. Everyone can wear a ballgown! Princess ballgowns will suit slim and boyish figures well as they add curves, for example our beautiful sparkly style Olga, which has lots of detail and a sweetheart neckline.

ballgown wedding dress shapes are also great for apple and pear shapes as it is very flattering on the waistline, adding definition to your figure.

Contrary to popular belief, petite brides can wear ballgowns too! Have a look at our real bride Jemma, who was 5ft 2 but totally rocked Sottero & Midgley’s Noreen wedding dress when she got married!

Tall brides can carry the ballgown style well too, just look at the models in our photography to prove that one!

Mermaid or Fishtail

Fishtail wedding dress shapes have been so popular in recent seasons and look fab on taller brides. These dresses give a figure hugging and sexy shape to fully show off your figure. Fishtail dresses are figure hugging around the waist, through the hip and to just above the knee. If you are confident with your body and want to show off those curves then these are for you! Nipping you in just above the knees fishtails have a fuller skirt at the bottom. Mermaids and fishtails work well for hourglass shapes, whatever size you are.

Brooklyn is one of our favourite fishtails by Veromia. Just look at the stunning low back and the full tulle skirt. It also has cap sleeves which are popular this season. Bernadette is another popular mermaid style at the moment, with its spaghetti straps which form crossover detailling at the back.

Fit and Flare

Very popular at the moment! Fit and flare works well with lace dresses, if you want to show off your figure, but want a little fullness in the skirt. The fit is a little lower on the hip than an A Line wedding dress shape. There is less petticoat and fullness in the skirt than a mermaid. Great for an elegant look if you’re wanting something less full but still with a bit of movement. This style works well for an hourglass or boyish figure. Sottero & Midgley’ Celine is a stunning fit and flare style with delicate lace and a touch of elegance. Kenneth Winston’s Carmen is one of our newest fit and flare dresses, with a beautiful lace illusion back and a stunning train.

Our real bride Lucy loved her fit and flare Orchid dress!


Sottero and Midgley’s Fiona Rose or Ella Rosa’s Caprice are great examples of sheath dresses.  Both are elegant, sleek, modern and straight. Without any petticoats or netting under the skirt, these dresses will just skim your figure. Perfect if you are having a smaller venue, or for a wanting something less traditionally ‘bridal’.

Sheath wedding dress shapes are great if you’re a bride who is body confident as it tends to be a bit less structured and won’t hide your tummy! Taller brides suit sheath styles well but you don’t have to be tall to wear one as they will look great whatever your height.


Column dresses will work on most shapes, giving a less formal look for your big day.  Great for destination weddings or low key, less formal celebrations. Tall brides will carry of a column dress well, as will pear shapes or boyish figures. D’Zage style Fiona is a light floaty column dress with a casual boho look. Georgette is a soft romantic lace column wedding dress shape with a belt giving definition if you have a less curved figure.

Seen some wedding dress shapes you like? Why not contact us to book an appointment to visit our store and try them on?