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Our Guide to the Most Popular Prom Silhouettes

If you’re attending prom this Spring, and you’ve already started looking for your dress, then you might know how hard it is to decide on what style you would like to wear. From color and embellishments, to necklines and backs, there are so many elements to a dress you have to consider when looking for your dream gown!

Perhaps one of the most important decisions you will have to consider when choosing your dress is the silhouette, or the overall shape of the dress. There are a few classic silhouettes that are the most popular for prom, and we’ll be going over each one to give you a bit more insight to help you in your search for the perfect dress! All of the dresses shown are available for purchase on the Regiss website, just click on an image to see more info!

Check out each silhouette below:


The A-line silhouette is probably the most classic dress shape, with a fitted bodice and a flowing skirt that starts at the waist. Because the dress is fitted in the bodice and free-flowing from the waist down, the A-line is one of the most universally-flattering silhouettes, so it will look good on any body type! Because this is one of the most popular silhouettes, you’ll be able to find an A-line dress in pretty much any style, color, and material, so you’ll definitely be able to find one you love!


Where A-line dresses are fitted in the bodice, then have some flow, sheath dresses are fitted throughout, maintaining a straight, natural shape from the neckline to the hemline. If you’re looking for a sleek and chic look for prom, then a fitted, sheath dress would be the perfect look! Plus, a sheath would also be a great choice if you’re petite, since the simple silhouette won’t overwhelm your small frame, like the skirt of a ballgown or A-line dress might!



Ballgowns are what you might think of when you think of a Disney princess’ dress, and is like the A-line silhouette’s older sister. Like the A-line silhouette, the ballgown also features a flattering fitted bodice and flowing skirt, the skirt is just much fuller, flaring or poofing out to create a more dramatic effect. This silhouette is perfect for anyone who wants to live out their fairy tale fantasies in a dress fit for a queen! It’s also very flattering because it is fitted at the waist, and provides great balance for anyone who has broader shoulders!


The fitted, mermaid gown is a really popular choice for any girl who has curves and wants to flaunt them! This silhouette is fitted in the bust and hips, accentuating the shape of the body, then flares out at or above the knee, giving it the look of a mermaid’s tail. We love how diverse these dresses can be, with skirts coming in floaty tulle, sleek satin, or even sheer, ruffled layers for even more drama! If you choose this bold silhouette, just remember to practice walking in it before prom, since the fitted hips can make maneuvering in these dresses a little harder than normal!


In the last few years, the two-piece gown has emerged as one of the most popular styles for prom. This trendy silhouette is exactly what you would think it is- a dress with a separate top and skirt! We love this style because it allows for so much variation, like having a lace top that ties in the back with an adorable bow paired with a floral skirt. If you love trendy, unique looks, then this style might be perfect for you! Just double check your prom’s dress code to make sure two-piece dresses are okay to wear before taking the plunge.

We hope we were able to give you some information to help you in your search for the perfect prom dress! To view even more gorgeous dresses from the prom 2019 season, visit the Regiss website. You can also visit us in-store at one of our locations in Owensboro, Glasgow, Louisville or Bowling Green, Kentucky. We would love to help you find your dream prom dress!

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