Wedding Day Style: Types of Wedding Dresses For Every Body Type

Wedding Day Style: Types of Wedding Dresses For Every Body Type />

Are you on a mission to find your dream wedding dress? Once you have narrowed down your favorite types of wedding dresses, perhaps on a Pinterest board or by flipping through magazines, start by trying on wedding gowns that work best for your body type. Your wedding dress inspires your wedding day style and all eyes will be on you when you walk down the aisle so you’ll want to feel your most confident!

Whether you have an hourglass figure, have a petite frame or have curves, Brides by Alejandre has several styles in both satin and lace that will flatter many body types. Your dress choice will also be dictated by other wedding day details, from your wedding venue to the season.

Here is a list of five popular types of wedding dresses and features and some guidelines to help you narrow down your choice:

Ball Gown

The distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist. A ball gown style accentuates your curves. You’ll want to avoid this style if you're petite as it can overwhelm a small frame.


The mermaid silhouette is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee. A less constricting modified version of this is a fit and flare design, a style inspiration behind our Natalie lace gown or our Denise gown. The mermaid style is best for brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.


Shaped like the top of a heart, the sweetheart neckline is a timeless style. This neckline is flattering on many body types and is featured on our beautiful Butterfly gown.

Drop Waist

As the name denotes, this silhouette drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area. This style hugs your waist and hips. If you have a boxy figure, this style dress might make you look like you have less curves.


A trumpet style dress features a straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape. This style dress looks very flattering on curvy brides who are looking for a form-fitting dress that's slightly easier to move in. Avoid if you don't want a constricting style or if you have an apple or boxy body type.

No matter what style dress you choose, Brides by Alejandre will make your gown customized to your specific measurements!