With so many wedding dresses out there, you might feel a tad overwhelmed (and EXCITED) to get started on your dress hunt. How do you know what styles will suit you? What style do you prefer? There are 6 main wedding dress silhouettes that offer something for everyone. Researching before your appointment to get an idea for dress styles you like is a great way to get started on the right foot when trying on dresses.
In Part I of our wedding dress silhouette guide, we introduced you to the classic A-Line gown, the versatile Empire Line gown and the fabulous Trumpet gown. In this post, we’ll tell you all that you need to know about 3 more silhouette styles that’ll get you daydreaming about your big day!
Like we said in Part I remember... there are NO rules! The right dress is the one you feel comfortable and beautiful in.
Perhaps the most classic shape, the Ballgown is what many people refer to as a princess style dress! If you’re a slim or pear shaped body type, the ballgown is especially stunning, as the fitted bodice accentuates the waist while the full skirt undefines the lower body. This style is also good to consider if you have a larger bust, as it hugs the waist to create an hourglass shape. Ballgowns jut out from the waist, as opposed to A-lines which fall straight and flow from the waist. Ballgowns also typically have a crinoline or a hoop underskirt to give the full volume its known for.
This style skims the body from top to bottom, and is often fitted across the booty, giving a sexy and elegant vibe. Sheath gowns have no crinoline underskirt and typically do not flare out at any point. Many brides who are long and lean feel great in this style, but it also helps more petite women feel taller and longer! This is one of the most popular wedding dress styles because of the comfort they afford all night.
Like the trumpet, this sexy style contours to the body, accentuating every curve from the chest to the knee. Confidence is the key to wearing this style. It doesn’t matter if you have rock hard abs or a fuller figure, what’s important is that you feel comfortable in a Mermaid gown. A true Mermaid gown will be very fitted from the bodice all the way down to or below the knee. Because of this, many brides who rock a Mermaid gown change into a dress with more room for leg movement during the latter part of their reception.