Silhouette Guide: What Makes Each One Different?

Starting the wedding gown search is such an exciting time! With all the different silhouettes out there it can be difficult to decide between them all. We are here to help brides pick the perfect gown! It’s important for brides to feel confident and gorgeous in their dress. That’s where silhouettes can play a major role. The shape/style of a wedding gown is such an important part of the overall process. Curious about what the difference is between each silhouette? Well, here are 4 common types! 


This silhouette is fitted right above the waist, which creates the classic ‘A’ shape as the skirt flows out from the waist down. This is a very popular and extremely flattering dress. It conceals parts of the lower half such as the hips and thighs providing ample room to dance. The shape of the dress puts an emphasis on the bust and the neckline. Our Raphael dress is an exquisite A-line gown. The perfect mix of fitted and flowy, it has a fitted lace bodice and an A-line skirt. 


Fit And Flare

Looking for the perfect curve-hugging gown? The fit and flare silhouette is the ideal mix of fitted paired with a whimsical flare. This silhouette often gets confused with A-line. The difference is in the fit. A fit and flare dress stays fitted until right above the knee. The flattering fit is then contrasted with a sudden flare at the knee. This highlights a bride’s gorgeous shape while also adding in a romantic skirt. Spencer is one of our lovely fit and flare dresses. 



This silhouette is fitted throughout the body and is typically a very straight-cut dress. It puts a slight emphasis on the waist and is an overall simple yet stunning look. This modern style is perfect at elongating the body, giving a bride height while also eliciting a flattering curve-hugging fit. Our Hunter gown is a classic example of a sheath silhouette. This gown is the definition of pure elegance.

Ball Gown

On the search for a gown that radiates glamour and elegance? A ball gown is a timeless choice. It is fitted through the waist and flares out creating an hourglass shape. The larger the flare of the skirt, the more romantic it can feel. Ginny is a gorgeous example of one of our ball gowns. The embroidered lace bodice is scattered with Swarovski crystals and pearls while the skirt is made of layers of silk tulle. 


A great way of deciding between all the different silhouettes is to think about what features align with your vision of the perfect wedding gown! Our team encourages brides to try on each type of silhouette at the start of their bridal appointment to determine what silhouette they prefer from the start. This allows for a bride to get a feel for what style best suits her vision of the perfect gown. Modern Trousseau appointments are centered around the bride and what is best for her! To get a better feel for what your perfect silhouette is, schedule an appointment at any of our flagship locations in Nashville, DC, Charleston, or Louisville.