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Dress Styles Defined

Dress Styles Defined

By Janecia Britt

Congratulations! You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with –now it’s time to find the perfect dress.
Wedding gown shopping can seem overwhelming at first, but research to know what styles, and terminology, to ask for when you walk through the door for that first appointment will be a godsend.Being able to articulate your favorite wedding dress silhouette styles will also help your bridal consultant at your appointment.

We’ve created this glossary explaining the differences between six popular wedding dress shapes you’ll definitely want to know, including the best wedding dresses for your body type and the benefits of each silhouette.

Silhouettes:

Ball Gown

Ideal for most body types, but can be overwhelming on petites with very
small frames.

A-Line

Ideal for all body types and brides that want the princess look and feel.

Fit and Flare

Ideal for brides looking to accentuate a small waist.

Mermaid

Ideal for brides looking to show off their curves.

Sheath

Ideal for lean frames, and athletic body types.

Trumpet

Ideal for all body types particularly great for curvy brides who want a fit and flare look without the drama of a Mermaid style gown.

Empire

Think Bridgerton. This silhouette is ideal for most body types and perfect for the bride wanting to accentuate the breast area without being too sexy or revealing.  

 

 

Popular Necklines:

Sweetheart

Semi-sweetheart

Off the shoulder

Cowl

V-neck

Deep v-neck

Sabrina

Bateau

Halter

Illusion

High neck

 

Illustrations by Lindsey Masterson

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