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.
Ideal for most body types, but can be overwhelming on petites with very
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.
Ideal for brides looking to show off their curves.
Ideal for lean frames, and athletic body types.
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.
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.
Off the shoulder
Illustrations by Lindsey Masterson