Your Guide to Wedding Dress Shapes

If the time has come to shop for your wedding dress, you may begin to feel a little overwhelmed with all the choice and wedding dress shapes you have available. The dress you once dreamed of may turn out to be your least favourite style when you try it on, and the shapes you had previously dismissed could turn out to be your most loved.

At Verona Couture, we have put together a list of some of the most loved wedding dress shapes to give you an idea of how they may sit, and where they are likely to hug or skim over your body.

The A Line Dress

An A line dress typically has a fitted body, whilst the bottom half gracefully skims over the hips from the waist line to form a gentle “A” shape.

Every woman has a unique body shape, and with multiple wedding dress shapes and variations of this classic style available, the A line dress is flattering on many body shapes. However, this dress is particularly flattering on brides with a pear shaped figure, as it showcases the smallest part of the body, the waist, and conceals the hips and legs for a balanced silhouette.

Slim A-Line

The slim A-line style fits to the bust and waist and drops straight down to the hem with little flare.
This style naturally suits tall, slim brides, however with its unbroken lines can also give petite brides the illusion of height.

The slim A-line is perfect for boyish figures with little curves as this shape naturally slims and elongates.


The trumpet style fits to the bust, waist and hips and glides over the thighs into a flare down to the hem. A trumpet gown is a softer version of the mermaid or fishtail style, which fits closely to the knee and conceals very little.

Brides with a natural hourglass shape can wear the trumpet style dress well, as it accentuates an in-proportion, curvy figure. Petite brides can also wear the trumpet style, as the shape gives the illusion of height.

Traditional Gown

The traditional gown, sometimes referred to as a “princess” or ball gown, is a style that is typically fitted at the waist with a full skirt, providing maximum impact on your special day.

Some often assume that traditional gowns must be embellished with diamantes or detailing, however, there are a number of traditional style dresses that demonstrate that less can sometimes be more.

The skirt of a traditional dress is usually layered to create a full effect, hiding the hips and balancing out the bust, whilst accentuating a small waist.

The traditional gown can add the illusion of a curvier shape for those with boyish figures, whilst defining the waist on a woman with an apple shaped figure. Of course, the full skirt which conceals the legs and hips is ideal for anyone with lower body concerns and ideal for pear shapes.

Once you have an idea of the wedding dress shapes you prefer, the next thing to do is to begin trying them on. Consider who to take with you for honest advice, and then have fun trying out the various styles, colours and designs available.

The team at Verona Couture have been helping brides-to-be find their perfect wedding dress for many years and have a variety of wedding dress shapes available. With a wealth of industry experience, we understand that you want to find a dress that showcases your own unique style, and we welcome you to contact us on 01234 714401.