Similar to the mermaid wedding gown, the sheath wedding dress is best worn by lean figures, both short and tall. This style fits very closely to the contours of the body from head-to-toe (also known as column style). The elongating nature of this design will help petite brides appear taller. However, the column dress does not allow much room for hiding problem areas, such as a larger lower body. The sheath wedding gown can conceal minor flaws if you opt for a constructed style that will stay in place, but the slip style will be unforgiving. Also, boxy figures that do not have natural curves may consider accenting the waistline with a separate bodice or sash to create the illusion of a defined waist.