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Great Wedding Dress Styles

Updated: May 12

Marrying your love surrounded by family and friends while wearing the dress of your dreams should be all wedding bells and bouquets. But sometimes finding a gown that lives up to the vision in your head isn't a total cakewalk.


"There are different silhouettes that technically flatter different body types," says Nordstrom Wedding Suite stylist Meg McKinney. "But I think in all types of dressing you should wear what you feel comfortable in," she adds. "It doesn't matter if it's not the so-called 'silhouette for your body type' if you feel confident in it, then that's the dress for you. I don't believe in any of those 'rules.'" Below, McKinney explains the five most popular wedding dress styles you can explore to find one.

Mermaid "I get a lot of brides that come in looking for mermaid," says McKinney. The most sought-after wedding dress silhouette is fitted through the bodice, hips, and knee before flaring out at the bottom. When it comes to mermaid dresses, there is a common misconception McKinney wanted to address: "There's a difference between mermaid and trumpet," she clarifies. "Mermaid is really, really tight and fitted down to around your mid-calf and then flares out, while the trumpet is fitted through mid-thigh and flares out, but these are both great for every body type. I feel like if you're really curvy, it looks so good in an hourglass shape. And if you don't necessarily have curves, it doesn't swallow you, either it just shows you off."

A-line You can't go wrong with an A-line silhouette it's one of the most classic wedding looks. This dress type is similar in shape to a capital letter A in that it's more fitted through the top and gradually flares out from the waist. "A-line is known to be a universally flattering style, it works on everybody and looks good on every single body type," McKinney says. "Anyone who doesn't really know what they're looking for should start with A-line," McKinney advises. "Plus, it tends to be more comfortable and you can walk more easily. That's something I hear a lot with mermaid and trumpet, that you can't really move your legs as much; you can dance easier in an A-line."

Ballgown Characterized by a full skirt, the ballgown is a statement princess-like shape that many brides gravitate to for their fairy tale day. "Ballgowns are fitted at the bodice and then at your waist, they flare out sometimes it's the natural waist and sometimes it's a little bit higher," McKinney explains. "These styles are perfect for anybody who maybe wants to hide a little bit of the hip part, or if you think you'll be uncomfortable eating and drinking all night in a super-fitted dress which I hear a lot. A ballgown is such a great option because you can't see anything past your waist. If you're on the shorter side, though, ballgowns can sometimes be a little bit drowning because the dress is way bigger than you."

Sheath The sheath dress is another classic, fitting somewhat close to the body but not