Wedding Dresses: 6 Classic Dress Styles

Out of all the wedding dress styles you'll discover along your search, there are six classic wedding styles, shapes and silhouettes that are the basis for most of today's popular gowns. Finding a shape to fit your body type is important, as some wedding dress shapes can effectively hide and accentuate different parts of your figure. Here are the six classic gown shapes and the body types that work best with each:

Wedding Dress Style: A-line

A-line dresses features a shape boasts a triangular shape with a fitted bodice and broad skirt, which gives an appearance of the letter “A.” The dress flows with uninterrupted lines from top to bottom. This wedding gown shape is a popular choice with many brides as it is most flattering on every body style.
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Best For: Church ceremony

Wedding Dress Style: Slip Dress

Sleek and sexy, the slip dress is the more revealing of the six classic wedding dress styles. Slip dresses are made of the most delicate of fabrics with thin spaghetti straps emphasizing the shoulders.

Best For: Beach Weddings

Wedding Gown Shape: Ball Gown

With its fitted bodice and full skirt, the ball gown wedding dress is ideal for that fairy tale wedding look.

Best For:
Formal weddings

Wedding Gown Shape: Empire

Empire wedding gowns have a high-waist, a cropped bodice and horizontal seaming. Either designed as a strapless gown or paired with wide-set straps, the empire wedding gowns are better for petite brides with smaller busts.
Examples of these and more can be see in our gallery of wedding dresses pictures.
Best For: Beach weddings, outdoor weddings

Wedding Gown Shape: Princess

Similar to the ball gown, the princess style wedding dress boasts a full skirt and long lines, which help to lengthen a shorter waist. The corseted bodice and spaghetti straps are popular on this style of wedding dress.

Best For: Formal weddings

Wedding Gown Shape: Sheath

The sheath wedding dress style is cut close for a perfect fit of the bride’s shape. Sheaths are a classic and timeless silhouette and can transition easily transition from ceremony to reception. A detachable train can be added for extra flair.

Best For: Outdoor weddings, beach weddings
Don't forget to browse the many wedding dresses pictures in our dress gallery for your wedding planning needs.