Dress Shape Diary

Dress Shape Diary

Across bridal, prom, and evening, we find that women often want to know which dress shape is best for their body type. Finding your perfect silhouette depends on the parts of your body you want to highlight, along with your personal style. To help you figure out what silhouette you might want, we’re giving you an idea of each of the most popular silhouettes:

Ball Gown

54223 by Sherri Hill



The ball gown is known as the quintessential girly shape, associated with princesses and beauty queens. The silhouette consists of a skirt flaring out from the natural waist into a full, rounded shape. This Sherri Hill design presents a unique take on the dress, but the overall shape is the same: with a bold, full skirt, the emphasis is placed on your torso and arms. 


53885 by Sherri Hill



Like the ball gown, the A-line flares out from your natural waist, but rather than a full skirt, it creates a gently sloping, slanted skirt that points to your waist, making you appear both taller and slimmer. This silhouette is timeless, classic, and flattering on every body shape. 


54027 by Sherri Hill



Not too keen on a full skirt? The mermaid silhouette is fitted until it reaches the knee, where the skirt flares out to create a statement hourglass silhouette. Perfect for the woman who wants to show off her hips, this silhouette will show off your curves perfectly. 

Fit and Flare

JVN02310 by JVN



The fit and flare is fitted like the mermaid, but the skirt begins midway down the thigh for a more relaxed, effortless shape. This silhouette gives you all the curve-loving details of a mermaid silhouette, but with a more low key aesthetic that’s perfect for the more laid-back woman. 

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