The Insanely Simple Guide to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress Style

It’s that time of year again – wedding season is right upon us! Weddings are exciting, and whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or just a guest, each experience is something to look forward to celebrating.

If you are the bride, as I’m sure you know, wedding planning starts months in advance. One of the most important things topping our to do list is finding the perfect wedding dress!

Will it fit? Long or short? Sleeveless? There are so many options! But how do you chose? Well, lucky for you, I did some research on all types of bridal gowns and dresses for each body type. (Looks like I have been wearing the wrong type of dress this whole time!) This guide will help you choose the perfect dress for your style and body type.




During my research, I found there are eight different dress styles to chose from: Ball Gown, A-line, Modified A-line, Trumpet, Mermaid, Sheath, Tea-Length and the Minidress wedding dress style.

The Ball Gown

The Ball Gown is also known as the “ fairytale dress” with a fitted bodice that flares at the waist with a full skirt. Although this dress is great on all body types, it especially compliments pear body shapes since it hides the lower body. On the other hand, the Ball Gown style is not a good pick for petites, since the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

The A-Line

The A-Line has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out gradually toward the ground. This dress is ideal for all body types.

The Modified A-Line is also fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares down to the hem forming an A shape.The skirt of a modified A-Line fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. This dress is also ideal for all body types.

The Trumpet

The Trumpet is fitted through the body and flares mid thigh. The cut is between a modified A-Line and Mermaid cut. This dress style is ideal for frames with small waists, such as an hourglass, banana and petite. The Trumpet is not good for pear and apple body shapes as it accentuates the stomach and hips.

The Mermaid

The Mermaid style is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee area. This is the perfect dress style for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves.Not a good pick for apples or more curvy body types.

The Sheath

Sheath is a narrow shaped dress that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This is perfect for lean frames such as petites and bananas. This dress will also work well on hourglasses. This is not a good fit for pears, as the Sheath will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.

The Tea-Length

A Tea- Length dress fall between the ankle and the knee. This dress is a style that is perfect for all body types.

The Minidress

Last but not least A mini skirt falls above the knee. This is ideal for bananas . Not good for plus sizes.

I hope this helped you decide what to look for when you finally decide to go shopping for that wedding dress! Don’t forget to come get an Airbrush tan at Ortanic! Nothing looks better with a nice dress than a tan 🙂

Happy Spring!