Our Bridal Guide: The Top 5 Wedding Dress Shapes & Styles

When entering the boutique and you’ll be faced with rows and rows of dresses. Where do you start? It can be daunting but our guide is here to help you do your homework and feel a little more prepared when coming into the boutique. The key is figuring out the right silhouette for your body type and that comes with knowledge of all those gorgeous wedding dress styles.


An A-line style gown consists of a fitted bodice and a fuller skirt, however, do not get this one confused with a Ballgown, an A-Line style dress is not as pouffy as a traditional ballgown it widens gradually from the waist.

An A-Line shape skims over the hips making the waist appear smaller. If you are a more petite bride the A-Line style can help elongate your body.


A ballgown is the traditional "princess" gown (the one you've always been dreaming of). This gown consists of a fitted bodice down to a dramatic full skirt.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 4-30) *Ballgown*

The ballgown shape flatters a bigger bust or broader shoulders as it will even out the top half of your body. But really anyone can wear a ballgown and look like a princess!

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 18-34) *Ballgown*

Fishtail/ Mermaid:

Fishtail or mermaid gowns are fitted down the bride’s body and flare out at or below the knee. This creates a sleek “mermaid” tail shape and is fantastic for showing off your curves.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 18-34) *Fishtail*

The difference between a mermaid and fit and flare (see below) is where the flare begins. For the fit-and-flare dress it’s mid-thigh, whereas a mermaid dress flares dramatically below the knee.

Choosing lace as your main material will detract from any lumps and bumps and make this figure-hugging style more forgiving. It also benefits from a little added height, so add a pair of comfy heels you can wear all day.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 4-30) *Fishtail*

Fit and Flare:

A fit and flare style gown comes somewhere between an A-line dress and a fishtail dress. The fabric is fitted to the body from the bodice down to mid-thigh where it flares out to the floor in a “trumpet” shape.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 18-34) *Fit and Flare*

Fit and flare style dresses are much easier to move in as the flare comes above the knee.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 4-30) *Fit and Flare*

A slim-cut style that drapes straight down from the neck to the hem. It looks fantastic on tall figures but it can be very unforgiving as the fabric often has a little stretch.

Image: Mori Lee (Available in sizes 4-30) *Sheath*

A sheath follows the body’s natural shape but is absolutely beautiful if you are wanting that more slim-fitting style gown. These gowns usually come in crepe fabric which gives perfect abroad wedding vibes.

*Please note, these dresses are from the brand new Mori Lee collection and are not in stores yet... we will be holding a trunk show from Friday 2nd Oct 2020- Sunday 4th Oct 2020 previewing this incredible collection if you would like more details please message us on our Facebook page.*

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