This enduring style's name comes from the triangle (or "A" shape) between the narrow bodice and outer edges of the wide, smooth skirt. Suitable for a variety of fabrics, the A-line is versatile: It may or may not have a seam at the waist, which may be higher or lower than the natural waistline; and the close-fitting bodice may be strapless or have any type of neckline. Flatters most body shapes including petites and full figures, bad for almost no one.
The cropped bodice of the Empire style flatters the small-breasted and thick-waisted woman; the raised waist creates a long line, ideal for a petite bride. The skirt may be straight, slightly flared, or even as wide as an A-line.
If you are comfortable with showing off your curves, consider the slyly constructed sheath, popularized in the 1950s by Marilyn Monroe. This body-hugging profile is artfully sculpted with darts, tucks, and seams. The effect will differ depending on the weight and drape of the fabric. A great choice for a tall, slim-hipped woman, the sheath is equally becoming to a petite, slender bride. Avoid this style if you have wide hips but narrow shoulders.
A body-hugging shape silhouette with skirt flares out either at the knee or just below it. Flatters the tall and hourglass figures, not recommend for the pear shape.