Tips: The 411 on Wedding Dress Silhouettes

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Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day and who can blame you? You should feel unstoppable, invincible, in love and absolutely gorgeous on your big day!

Besides your glowing smile, your dress is at center stage to show all of your guests exactly how beautiful you really are. Each style of dress flatters every body type differently, so it may be helpful to familiarize yourself with the gown shapes available through most designers.

What wedding gown style appeals most to you?

The Classic Wedding Ball gown:

Brides hoping to achieve a princess-inspired bridal look will love this wedding dress silhouette. A ball gown silhouette features a fitted bodice and a very wide, full skirt (similar to the dress styles you see in fairy tales). It’s appropriate for formal weddings and is great for brides who may want to camouflage their hips.

The A-Line Gown:

An A-line wedding dress flares more slightly than a ball gown (the skirt basically creates the shape of the letter A). It’s popular with brides because it’s flattering on most figure types, since it gradually widens towards the hem.

Modified A-Line Wedding Dress:

Another mass flatterer, a modified A-line is fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem. The skirt of a modified A-line dress is a slimmer fit than a traditional A-line.

Fit & Flare Dress:

A fit-n-flare wedding dress is fitted at the waist and then flares out at or below the hips. This flared skirt adds a flirtatious vibe and is also easy to dance in!

A Sheath Wedding Gown:

A sheath wedding gown skims the body and falls straight to the floor. It’s typically thought of as a romantic wedding dress silhouette, (since it’s light and airy) and looks best on brides with tall, slim figures.

Trumpet: This cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut and is fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. Trumpet cut is ideal for body frames with small waists, such as the hourglass and petite women.

Mermaid: Another figure-hugging wedding dress silhouette, the mermaid style is extremely fitted, and flares out below the knee. It’s also a great option for brides looking to show off their curves in a luxe and flirtatious way.