For today’s blog post, I wanted to discuss what is probably the very first thing most women think about when they dream of their wedding day. Let’s talk wedding dresses. We will discuss the typical dress styles, and we will also cover which dress is typically the best wedding dress styles for your body type!

Davids Bridal, who can also be known as a wedding dress powerhouse, separates their wedding dresses into 4 categories. Those being ball gown, sheath, mermaid, A-line.

So let’s discuss those styles a little.

Ball gown


The ball gown is known for its fitted bodice and a dramatic full skirt. So who is a ball gown best for? According to, ball gowns work best for apple (full figure shape), Pear (triangle shape), rectangle, inverted triangle shape, and thin petite shapes. They suggest staying away from this style if you have the following body types: hourglass.

Sheath Dress


Is a slim cut that follows the body’s natural shape. As the sheath dress definition states, this style follows your body’s natural shape. So it’s suggested for thin (petite) body types.
This style is basically to be avoided by anyone else, but you do you girl. Bridal boutique on the net however recommends that the following stay away from a sheath style: short waist, apple (full figure), pear (triangle).



This dress style is known as being slim through the bodice and hips, and then flaring out. This style is best for hourglass shapes, inverted triangle shapes, petite body shapes. Mermaid dress styles should be avoided if you have a pear (triangle) body shape.



Trim on top with a skirt that widens gradually. Best for hourglass, rectangle, apple (full figure), and petite. According to the bridal boutique on the net, a-line dresses tend to work for most body types and doesn’t specify a body shape that should stay away. So give this style a go!

Here’s a breakdown per body shape (according to bridal boutique on the net):


Dos: A-line dress, mermaid, or trumpet style.
Don’ts: Ball gown or empire waist.

Short waist

Dos: Princess-line.
Don’ts: Sheath.


Dos: Empire-waist, A-line gown, ball gown.
Don’ts: Princess-line.

Apple (full figure)

Dos: Ball gown, A-line.
Don’ts: Sheath.

Pear (triangle)

Dos: Ball gown, empire waist.
Don’ts: Sheath, trumpet, mermaid style.

Inverted Triangle

Dos: Ball gown, trumpet, mermaid.
Don’ts: Empire.

Thin (petite)

Dos: Basically, any style. But especially ball gown or sheath.

Here is a reference of the various body types for your convenience:


We hope your enjoyed this post on the best wedding dress styles for your body type! And remember, everything in this post is a recommendation, so you should absolutely wear any dress that makes your heart happy!

As always, if you are planning on getting married in the Kansas City area, please get in touch, we would love to be a part of your special day! Also, make sure to check out our packages, as well as our previous blog posts for more ideas, and talk about wedding planning.

See you next week!