Congrats on your engagement! As a bride-to-be, you already said the most important yes when your fiancé put that gorgeous ring on your finger. Now comes the next most important yes: to your Dream Dress!
The journey to finding your perfect wedding gown is full of emotion, excitement, and anticipation. You’re envisioning yourself walking down the aisle, all eyes on you, tears in the eyes of your partner, family, and friends. You want to make a statement, one that shows your personality while making you feel your most beautiful on your special day. From the ceremony to the dance floor, and every special moment forever captured on camera, you want a wedding dress that is going to wow at every turn.
With thousands upon thousands of dresses out there, where do you start?
While there are a lot of things to consider, like neckline, sleeve style, material, and style, one of the basics - and also a great starting point - is the wedding dress silhouette.
How a bridal gown fits your body, what it accentuates, and the style and statement it makes are all related to the silhouette of the wedding dress. So how do you choose?
Here are a few general tips when considering what silhouette you might want:
Consider your overall wedding gown fashion vibe: sleek, princess-like, flowy, form-fitting, boho, elegant, high fashion, trendy, timeless, what is your dream look?
Understand the basics about wedding dress silhouettes but be open-minded.
Consider what features you want to accentuate.
Get the guidance of an expert stylist.
We have also put together a handy guide (with some stunning examples from some of our top bridal designers) explaining some of the most common wedding dress silhouettes:
Mermaid Wedding Dress
Flirty, fitted, and fabulous! The mermaid wedding dress silhouette is fitted through the hips, waist and bust, then flares out at the knees, often with a ruffled skirt, tulle, ruching, or other details for dramatic flair. Red-carpet worthy, curve-hugging, and flattering, the result is a mermaid tail-effect that shows off your figure. Note: Mermaid dresses can be difficult to dance in, as your knees are meant to stay close together in this type of wedding dress.
Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dress
Show off your figure with one of the most popular and universally flattering wedding dress silhouettes: the fit and flare! This shape is fitted through the bust, waist, hips, and thighs, then gently flares about the knee for a look that is form-fitting, romantic, and glamorous. This style gives the illusion of a mermaid silhouette, but is less restricting, allowing you to move freely from your walk down the aisle to getting down on the dance floor.
Ball Gown Wedding Dress
Are you ready for your Cinderella moment? Then the fairy-tale ready ball gown is the wedding dress silhouette for you. This silhouette is characterized by a fitted bodice and wide, voluminous skirt, and is flattering on most body types. Classic, dramatic, and timeless, this style of wedding dress was made for grand romantic statements, gliding down the aisle, and twirling the night away!
Sheath Wedding Dress
Effortless and elegant, the sheath wedding dress silhouette is fitted at the waist and falls straight to the floor with minimal flare. Easy to move in, this simple, sophisticated bridal gown shape is perfect to show off your figure.
Trumpet Wedding Dress
Softly dramatic, romantic, feminine, and flattering. Often confused with the mermaid silhouette at first glance, there are subtle differences between the two. While the mermaid shape has more volume and is more fitted though the hips, the trumpet silhouette is a more toned-down version. The trumpet wedding dress silhouette is straight from the bodice to the hips then gives way to a gradual flare starting at mid-thigh. Create or enhance your curves while still enjoying the freedom to dance the night away.
A-Line Wedding Dress
The halfway point between the ball gown silhouette and the sheath, an a-line bridal gown is narrow at the top then softly flares out from the waist for a look that is as effortless as it is glamorous. The a-line wedding dress cascades beautifully over the hips and thighs, while hugging you in all the right places. This universally-loved wedding dress silhouette is ideal for all body types.
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