Types of Gowns for Different Body Shapes

From ball to sheath gowns, discover the different types of gowns and find the perfect one for your body type!

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Hey gorgeous! An important occasion is lined up and you are stuck in an outfit dilemma – what to wear, and what style is gonna suit your body shape? Gowns are a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Gowns come with so many options – embellishments, different colors, and fabrics. They’re perfect option to wear for different occasions like weddings, parties and black tie events.

And did you know that there are different kinds of gowns for different body shapes? To help you select the perfect one which suits your body style, we’ve created this list of different types of gowns. So let’s take a look!

Different Types of Gowns

There are 7 major different types of gowns – A-line, modified A-line, ball gowns, sheath gowns, empire-waist, mermaid and trumpet gowns. They all differ in terms of their cut and style.

1. Ball Gowns

From Cinderella to modern day fashionistas, this gown is certainly a timeless favorite. It’s the most amazing attire. Ball gowns are dresses with a fitted bodice, which flair at the waist with a floor touching skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. The poofy skirts may be too overpowering on petite women’s frames. So if you’re petite, select a ball gown with less volume.

Choose a classic color with lustrous fabrics and rich details. A ball gown is a great option for evening wear that’ll never go out of style. Plus they’re great if you want all eyes on you – like your wedding and engagement.

Elie Saab

2. Mermaid Gowns

The mermaid style is yet another timeless one and is still very trendy this season. Mermaid gown style is fitted till the knee or calves, and then tapers to become a full skirt or trail. This style looks extremely elegant with a low cut back that emphasizes the figure and the curvature of the back and hips. That’s why it’s perfect for hourglass women, and even some pear-shaped women. Mermaid gowns have always been a party favorite, so choose for engagement, galas or black-tie events.

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3. Empire Waist Gowns

Empire-waist dresses are extremely trendy and give a royal look. Empire-waist gowns have a high waistline, just below the breasts. They completely hide the tummy, and work great for diamond and pear-shaped women. Even pregnant women prefer this style. If you want to enhance your body shape and look flawless, go for this mesmerizing trend.

Monique Lhuillier

4. A-Line Gowns

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A-line gown is simple and elegant and suits all body shapes. It has fitted bodice until the waist and flows out to the ground in an A-line. They are the perfect choice when you want a minimalist silhouette like for new year’s parties or as bridesmaid dresses. Out of all the different types of gowns, this one’s my favorite!

Elie Saab

5. Modified A-Line Gowns

This style is just a modified version of the A-line dress. It’s fitted through the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem forming an ‘A’ shape. The modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. The curve-hugging silhouette is perfect for those with shapely waists, like hour-glass, or pear shaped women who have a toned belly! Strawberry shapes can rock it, too! Rectangular shaped ladies can also find these flattering with a belt.

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6. Trumpet Gowns

This style is fitted through the body, and flares at thighs. Great option for women who have small waist, such as hour-glass and petites. Not a good option for pear-shaped bodies. It’s great for strawberry shaped women too because the flare will give a balanced effect.


7. Sheath Gowns

This style of gown has a straight silhouette. It goes straight down from the hip to the hem with little or no flare. Sometimes a slight flare is added, tapering at the heels to become a long trail. Great option for petites and hourglass shapes. Even rectangle-shaped women can rock belted sheath gown styles.

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So did you like the different types of gowns? So which style matches the shape of your body? Lemme know! Comment below!

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