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Wedding Dress Shapes & Cuts

There are 6 shapes or silhouettes in bridal fashion, whereby a clear separation is often quite difficult, since e.g. a Tea-Length bridal gown usually falls in an A-line, but at the same time has a short cut. Either way, we have explained all the features here for you, so that you can basically distinguish all the clothing lines from each other.

A-Line Bridal Dresses

The A-line dress (engl. also Princess) is characterized by a figure-hugging, close fitting top and a flared skirt. The vertical seams of the dress are continuous and usually not interrupted by any waist seam, so the cut of the dress resembles a big A, where the name comes from. Because of its classic and simple form, the A-line dress is suitable for both traditional church ceremonies and civil weddings.

The cut of the dress with its vertical lines flatters almost every figure, as these make every body appear a bit larger and slimmer. The flared skirt, on the other hand, sets the right accents on the pelvis and bottom. The A-line dress is available with a wide variety of corsages and skirts, as well as a wide variety of materials, fabrics and decorations – which is why this cut line is so versatile.

Duchess Bridal Dresses

The Duchesse dress (engl. Ball Gown) is suitable for the bride, who plans a fairy tale wedding in the classical sense! Simply explained, it is the typical Sissi ball dress with a tight-fitting top (usually a corset) and a wide bell-shaped skirt and fits accordingly to large and traditional weddings.

The dress is available in different variations, plain or richly decorated with pearls, embroidery and small appliqués and, if necessary, a train. This dress is sensational if you choose the strapless version and combine it with opera gloves. Elaborate pearl embroideries on the bodice, in combination with a simple satin skirt, draw attention to the upper body. The bell-shaped skirt sets at waist height and gets its volume from a hoop skirt worn underneath. The same effect can also be caused by superimposed organza, taffeta or tulle, which you can see in many examples in our wedding gown gallery under Duchesse.

Even though this line can be worn with almost any figure, the Duchesse dress is ideal for brides who have a slim upper body. The full skirt helps to emphasize the waist and perfectly conceal any problem tones.


The Empire dress is defined by its high waist seam directly under the chest. The rest of the dress falls down narrowly cut in folds. The sleeves can be of different lengths. For example, bell sleeves look particularly beautiful at a wedding in winter. In a summer wedding, however, a sleeveless dress looks very vintage-like. Lighter fabrics are particularly suitable for the Empire line because they emphasize the flow from the waist down. Silk chiffon, on the other hand, creates a particularly romantic effect.

The Empire dress can be worn with any figure. It is ideal for brides with a slightly smaller breast, as the V-shaped straps draw attention to the shoulder line. Additional accents, such as fabric adornments, embroidery and fine pearl work, in combination with a figure-hugging cut, help to draw attention to the hips and décolleté, making the bust look fuller. On the other hand, a square décolleté cut can help conceal a large breast.

The cut of the Empire dress is also ideal for pregnant brides, as the flowing line of the dress makes a growing baby belly almost disappear. In addition, a somewhat stouter figure is visually stretched.

Narrow Bridal Dresses

The cut (also called Sheath) is straight from the top to the skirt and as the name says. The dress therefore fits tightly and emphasizes the figure. Dresses of this line usually have a discreet style and are worn with or without a train. The train forms a contrast to the narrow dress. The narrow line tends to frame the body and therefore often shows every curve. The simple cut makes this dress especially suitable for beach and summer weddings.

A strapless dress looks erotic and elegant, whereas a dress with a flowing neck combined with long bell sleeves looks rather romantic. If you prefer a flowing look, you should choose a fabric that flows easily over the contours of your body, such as silk or satin.

Narrow wedding dresses are ideal for small brides, as their narrow lines make them look bigger. However, there is not much room for manoeuvre with problem clones. Narrow clothes can also considerably restrict freedom of movement when dancing or sitting.

Mermaid Bridal Dresses

The mermaid line is very erotic, as it emphasizes the bride’s curves. Therefore you should look at your body with confidence and have a slim figure if you want to wear this line. Softly falling fabrics such as silk or satin frame the upper body, waist, hips and thighs on every curve before they are displayed on the knees or even deeper to the typical “fishtail”.

If you want to show a little more skin, choose the strapless version or a V-neck to emphasize your seductive side. This dress is not suitable for every bride, because it flatters the body and as mentioned above really shows every curve. But if you want to emphasize your figure and your sensual side, a mermaid dress is just the dress for you!

Two Piece Bridal Dresses

This category includes all dresses that consist of more than one piece. Usually these are mainly corsage dresses, in which the corset and skirt are “independent” pieces of clothing. There have been fewer and fewer two-piece wedding dresses on the market from season to season, but they are far from dead, because brides who want to combine two colours are always happy to choose them. And since the designers discovered the magical combination of peplum and skirt, the two-piece wedding dress has even experienced a real renaissance.