Wedding dress silhouettes explained: What’s yours?

Chances are you’ve dreamed of your wedding dress since you were a little girl, and know perfectly what you want to look like on your special day. Chances are, you haven’t. We get it, wedding dresses are one of the most important part of the ceremony, and they can be scary. A lot of brides-to-be meet the prospect of choosing a dress with both anticipation and fear. Don’t fret however, as we explain the most basic wedding dress silhouettes.

These are the 4 most common wedding dress silhouettes

These are the 4 most common wedding dress silhouettes. Which one’s the best for you?

Ball Gown

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The ball gown dress is the classic fairytale wedding garment. Ball gowns are identified by their big pompous skirt and fitted top, perfect for a dramatic entrance. A lot of wives-to-be chose this silhouette because it accentuates their curves and creates a pleasant feminine frame. Although ballgowns are a tried and true tradition, they are not recommended for petite bride. They might end up getting eaten up by the overabundant fabric.

A-line

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One of the most popular wedding dress silhouettes, the A-line works great for all body shapes. A-line dresses flare out at the waist in the shape of, well, an uppercase “A”. If you’re looking for something slightly sexier and more hip-hugging, look into a modified A-line silhouette. It’s somewhere between a regular A-line and mermaid silhouette.

Sheath

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Also known as column, this shape follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. Sheath dresses are formfitting, so they hug the body consistently thorough it’s length. They’re ideal for tall and slim brides, as it accentuates their slenderness without being overly tight. More petite women, however, also enjoy the way this silhouette adds length to their frame.

Mermaid

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Mermaid dresses are slim and curve-hugging. They flare out in a fin-like shape right below the knee, hence the name. They’re great for hourglass-shaped brides who aren’t afraid of showing off their curves. If you’re looking for something similar, but less hugging, look into trumpet-shaped dresses. They showcase curves just the same, but allow for more mobility.

Now that you know, what’s your perfect wedding dress silhouette?

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