Part 5 {What to Know Wedding Wednesday} How to Find Your Perfect Dress-Skirt Style

In honor of New York’s Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion week, I want to talk about how to choose the best wedding dress for YOU! If you have paid any attention to fashion week, or even opened up a bridal magazine at any time, you would have most likely be flooded with so many options! Where do you even start! My best advise; just start! Make an appointment and start trying on dresses. Do this even before you are ready to commit! Try on every style until you find the one that you feel and look the best in!

However, if you don’t have months of spare time to try on dresses, or your bridal shop options are limited, here is a good guideline that will get you headed in the right direction. There are so many different styles of dresses, this post will discuss the basic and most common dress styles.

There are several skirt styles. Each style flatters a different body type.

Ball gown {Princess Skirt}:

The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for: Most body types but looks great on slender, large busted or pear shaped brides, since it accentuates the waist and hides the lower body.

Ideal For:

Most body types but especially slender, large busted or pear shaped brides, since it accentuates the waist and hides the lower body

Not ideal for:

Petites; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

Wedding Style:

The ball gown dress is most appropriate for large and traditional weddings where the grand dress style will be consistent with the formality of the event.


Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase "A."

Ideal for:

All body types, but especially flattering on pear-shaped brides. Can create an illusion of height on petite brides and more full skirt can hide a larger lower body.

Not Ideal for:

This style is good for all body types

Wedding style:

Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard gathering, to a traditional church ceremony.


Features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that flairs mid-thigh. Most trumpet wedding gowns begin to flare at about mid-thigh, and can be thought of as a sort of hybrid between the mermaid silhouette and the modified A-line silhouette. 

Marina Liana

Lillian West

Ideal For:

Brides with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites.

Not Ideal For:

Pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.

Wedding Style:

Ballroom or evening weddings as this style tends to be more formal.


Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee{this is the main difference between mermaid and trumpet!}.

Ideal For:

Slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves.

Not Ideal For:

Apples and plus size body types.

Wedding Style:

This dress is for the confident bride who wants to look both elegant and sexy. This style of dress is recommended for an evening ballroom wedding.

Sheath {Straight Skirt}

Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.


Ideal For:

Lean figures, both short and tall. The elongating nature of this design will help petite brides appear taller. However, this dress type does not allow much room for hiding problem areas, such as a larger lower body. It can conceal minor flaws if you opt for a constructed column form that will stay in place. Straight /boxy shaped figures that do not have natural curves may consider accenting the waistline with a separate bodice or sash to create the illusion of a defined waist

Not Ideal For:

Brides with curves or things they want to hide

Wedding style:

The straight dress is appropriate for all types of weddings, especially causal occasions on the beach or at a winery, or intimate evening events at a banquet hall

Which dress style is your favorite? Comment below and let me know!