The dress: Also known as a sheath, the column dress showcases a formfitting style that follows your body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. Who it works for: If you have a sleek or petite frame, this slim shape adds length and shows off your shape. Who should avoid it: If you tend to carry weight on your bottom half, this silhouette can make you look unbalanced.
The dress: This silhouette is defined by a tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs then flares below the knee. Who it works for: Embrace curvy, hourglass figures with this style. Who should avoid it: If tight just isn’t your thing, mermaid gowns aren’t a great option as they tend to be constricting.
The dress: Similar to its name, this gown is narrow at the top and widens out along the body in the shape of an ‘A’. Who it works for: This style is almost universally flattering – which is probably why it is one of the most popular choices for brides. Who should avoid it: If you want the wow factor or you’re keen to show off some skin, the A-line is probably a little too demure for the look you’re after.
The dress: The standout trait of a ball gown style is its very full skirt. The silhouette also comprises a fitted bodice and is cinched in at the waist – the perfect Cinderella effect. Who it works for: Straight, boyish figures are a perfect match for ball gown style, as the fullness of the dress creates the illusion of curves. Who should avoid it: If you’re a petite bride, this type of dress probably isn’t for you, as the voluminous style may overwhelm your shape.
The dress: This type of gown drops and subtly flares out below the waistline around the hip area. Who it works for: A drop waist gown hugs your waist and hips, so if these are areas of your body that you love, this is the perfect dress to flatter your form. Who should avoid it: If you have more of a straight shape, this gown can make any hint of curves you may have completely disappear.