Know your Fit: A-Line vs Ballgown

Know your Fit: A-Line vs Ballgown

Bridal terminology can be a bit hard to follow at times, especially if you’ve never been dress shopping before. Which is exactly why we at Luxe Bridal will always make sure to explain the words we are using and why we are using them. To the untrained eye, a-lines and ballgowns can look pretty similar; both are bodices that come in at the waist and either poof out or fall at the waist. However, they are two different styles and fits. Let’s take a closer look at the two styles.




An A-line dress, as its name suggests, is inspired by the shape of the letter "A". It is characterized by the silhouette of the skirt portion of the gown. An A-line skirt is fitted until the hips and gradually flares out from the natural waistline of the bodice towards the hemline giving the skirt the shape of the capital letter A. The silhouette can be paired with many different types of necklines and lends itself beautifully to a wide array of fabric choices, from lightweight chiffons to more structured satins.




Ball gowns, commonly referred to as princess gowns, are known for their royal appearance. The silhouette features a fitted bodice, often with a defined waist, and then dramatically flares out into a full, voluminous skirt. Typically crafted from luxurious fabrics like tulle, lace, and satin, the ball gown style exudes opulence and is often complemented by intricate embellishments. This design demands attention and is perfect for those wanting to make a grand entrance to their event.