Choosing the right

wedding dress style

Let us help guide you choose the wedding dress style that is right for you

At Quello we always ask brides what shape wedding dress they want for their big day, most have an idea of what they envisage themselves in. However, many of us are not used to wearing long gowns with or without structure nowadays; so we often don’t know what dress shape will suit our body type.

For first appointments at Quello, we always like to ensure that you try on all the key wedding dress shapes which we have, so that you know what suits you best and what works for your body type. Below is a description of the different wedding dress shapes and which body types they suit best.

A-LINE

An A-Line gown is the most traditional of the wedding dress shapes. It is fitted at the bodice and then tapers out to form an ‘A’ shape. This wedding dress shape is best suited to brides with an ‘hourglass shape’ as it balances fuller bust with the wide skirt, whilst accentuating a small waist.

FISHTAIL

A Fishtail shaped gown is the most modern of the wedding dress shapes. It is a form fitting gown to the thigh or knees which then flares out at the bottom of the skirt. This wedding dress shape is best suited to brides which have an ‘inverted triangle shape’ with broader shoulders as the dropped low flare skirt balances out their wider top.

EMPIRE LINE

An Empire Line shaped gown is one of the oldest of the wedding dress shapes. It is fitted at the bust and then drops to a column shape skirt. This wedding dress shape is best suited to brides which have an ‘apple shape’ with slim shoulders and hips but slightly rounder at the waist, as the fitted bust gives the illusion of a small waist whilst the skirt skims over the rounded waist.

BALLGOWN STYLE

A Ballgown shaped gown is the most classic of the wedding dress shapes. It is similar to the A-line but much more dramatic! It has a fitted bodice to the waist and then a very full skirt. This wedding dress shape is best suited to brides which have a ‘pear shape’ as the fitted bodice gives the illusion of a fuller bust and the ballgown skirt skims over wider hips.

COLUMN STYLE

A Column shaped gown is the most contemporary of the wedding dress shapes. It has a fitted bodice which then drops to a straight column shape from the hips. This wedding dress shape is best suited to brides which have an ‘rectangle’ or ‘boyish’ shape with straight torso and hips, as it gives the illusion of a ‘nipped in’ waist.

Please remember that the above shape advice is simply a guide and it is often the case that bride’s can wear more than one dress shape. Therefore at Quello we will ensure that you have covered the key shapes and you know what will suit your body shape and wedding style the best to find your perfect gown!

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