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An essential guide into popular silhouettes of wedding dress brides need to know

by Linh Tran |

"So as long as I live, I love you

Will have and hold you

You look so beautiful in white..."

                                          Westlife - Beautiful in White

Congratulations! You've found the one who will stand by your side for the rest of your life! Now, it's time to find your dream wedding gown.

Wedding gowns are available in an almost limitless variety of designs and colors these days. Here's a short and simple guide to the different wedding gown silhouettes and which body types are best suited for each.

 

A-line wedding dress

One of the most elegant and easy-to-wear wedding gown designs is the A-line wedding dresses. This silhouette features a tight upper body, cinches in at the waist, and a gentle spread at the bottom of the dress. An A-line silhouette with a V-neckline is a type of wedding dress that will elongate your torso. The well-designed, simple yet elegant shape embraces the curves and flatters on any body type.

Dareanddazzle's famous A-line dress Audrey

Ballgown

When it comes to a grand entrance wedding dress, nothing can beat a ballgown. This silhouette features a fitted bodice (often with a corset) and a wide, voluminous full skirt, most often achieved by using a petticoat or layers of tulle. Since the full skirt glides over your lower torso, this silhouette is great for brides who want to cinch in their waist, prioritize bust support, or create the illusion of wider hips.

type of wedding dress ballgown
Emmeline - With star-shaped sequins, this dress is perfect for a bride to shine on her wedding day.

 

The ballgown is a dream comes true for brides who fancy being a princess or a queen at their wedding. If you prefer a show-stopper dress, why don't you try on a ball gown at one of the bridal appointments and see how you like it!

 

Sheath wedding dress

A sheath wedding gown is unquestionably an excellent choice if you want to elongate your body. A sheath silhouette (also known as a column silhouette) has a slim and snug fit from the neckline to the hem. Some people may get a slight flare from the knees down, but not as much as a mermaid silhouette. Chiffon, lace, or charmeuse are the most popular fabrics used to make this dress. Its form-fitting cut gives the bride a more breathable and comfortable overall feeling.

type of wedding dress sheath

Via Kleinfled

 

Sheath wedding gowns have long, simple lines that follow a woman's natural form. Typically, the sheath dress is more frequently worn as a reception dress because its minimalist style allows brides to dance comfortably. However, if this is your dress of choice, you can choose to walk down the aisle with plenty of styles within this silhouette.

Empire wedding dress

An empire wedding gown is an excellent all-arounder for almost any body type, allowing for more flexibility of expression. It has a high waist that lies just below the bust and is usually airy and fluid from under the chest to the hem. This type of wedding dress is the primary costume we may saw from the popular Netflix series - Bridgeton. Brides can also combine it with a pair of satin gloves for extra nobility as it brings the royal vibe.

empire waist dress

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Fit and flare wedding dress

The fit and flare silhouette flatters the hourglass and pear figures by emphasizing the waist and hips before flaring out from the mid-thigh. This silhouette provides you with a sultry, sexy vibe and does not restrict mobility when you're on the dance floor. There are many fit and flare dresses for any bride, from relaxed, boho looks to sequin show-stoppers and everything in between. 

type of wedding dress mermaid

Melitta

Mermaid wedding dress

Another gorgeous and dramatic wedding dress silhouette is the mermaid gown. This silhouette features a tight fit around the bust, waist, and hips—almost like shapewear—the mermaid wedding dress form is recognized for being one of the most flirtatious silhouettes. So look no further if you want Beyoncé-worthy curves on your wedding day! 

Vera

This show-stopper silhouette flares out at the knees and is often paired with tulle, ruching, or ruffled skirts for the added wow factor. It's considered to be one of the more restrictive wedding dress shapes since your legs won't be able to move as freely, but it's guaranteed to give you a red-carpet-ready look.  Trumpet wedding dress

Trumpet wedding dress

Like the mermaid silhouette, the trumpet silhouette has a straight skirt and gradually broadens toward the hem. This form fits the body to the mid-hip, then widens to the knees. It's a mermaid-style flare that hits just below the hip instead of below the knee. As the name suggests, the skirt's gradual flare reflects the shape of the musical instrument's bell. This style is a suitable choice for brides who want to embrace the body and might be concerned about moving around. With this type of wedding dress, a bride can show what she proud of and hide what makes her conscious.

type of wedding dress trumpet

Josephine

Tea length

This wedding gown style has the skirt ending mid-calf, approximately six inches above the ankles. Midi and tea-length dresses are fashionable for pre-wedding activities such as engagement parties and bridal showers, but they still look great for your wedding day. This type of wedding dress is retro and playful, and they look great on both curvy and petite brides (Plus, everybody will be able to see your stunning wedding shoes, which a longer gown would otherwise obscure). Recently, more and more brides are opting for shorter dresses, and tea-length becomes one of the popular trends.

type of wedding dress tea length

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Which silhouette is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!

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