The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Silhouettes

When shopping for a wedding dress, the wide variety of dress types available can overwhelm you. The situation could be much worse if you can’t identify a particular style or tell the difference between it and another. Knowledge is power when it comes to finding the most flattering wedding dress. We’ve decided to make things easier for you by giving you information on the different wedding dress silhouettes available.

Don’t start your hunt before reading this simple but comprehensive guide.

Empire –Line

The empire-line gown has a raised waistline that starts just under the bust line and flows all the way down to the hem. This style skims over the tummy area and hips to form a straight flow that is ideal for camouflaging trouble spots like short legs and a long torso. It is perfect for pear-shaped brides. The empire style gown is also suitable for pregnant brides because its fluidity nicely accommodates a large belly.

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Photo credit: etsy.com

A-Line

The A-line silhouette features a fitted bodice and a skirt that gradually flows out to the ground from below the waist, resembling the outline of the letter ‘A’. It is highly popular because of how flattering it is for almost all shapes. It can make petite brides look taller, create curves for brides with straight figures, downplay a wide waistline and hide lower body flaws. You can modify the fabric, neckline or waistline to emphasize your best assets while hiding your less impressive features. The A-line gown suits any occasion, from a traditional church to a backyard ceremony.

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Photo credit: marthastewartweddings.com

Trumpet

The trumpet gown, sometimes called the fit-and-flare, fits tightly to your body and begins to flare gradually around your mid-thigh. The gradual flare of the skirt resembles the shape of a trumpet’s bell. It is usually confused with the mermaid gown. The two are similar, but the mermaid is more fitted than the trumpet. The trumpet silhouette adds a nice balance of chic and classic to your dress design. It is excellent for accentuating curves.

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Photo credit: annacampbell.com.au

Mermaid

The mermaid gown tightly embraces the body’s contours from the chest to the knees, or lower, then dramatically flares out to the hem, resembling a fin. It flatters brides with slender figures. Those on the voluptuous side can also use it to accentuate their curves. However, regardless of how perfect your figure is, you should consider whether or not you’ll be comfortable wearing the mermaid style for your wedding. It has a bold design that highlights all curves, so you’ll need to be confident to pull it off.

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Photo credit: bertabridal.com

The Ball Gown

The ball gown style adds a fairytale touch to your wedding. It features a fitted bodice with a dramatic full skirt. It is figure-flattering for most bodies. It is particularly excellent for brides with large busts as it emphasises the waistline, creating an hourglass figure. It is also ideal for pear-shaped and slender figures because it accentuates the waist and conceals any lower-body problem areas. The ball gown wedding dress often features layered tiers, delicate embroidery and elaborate beading embellishments. There are many variations and design opportunities that give you room to make the style suit your preferences.

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The Sheath

The sheath dress is closely fitted and hugs the body from the head to toe. If you like simplicity, you can opt for this dress. It shows off your figure without any superfluous details. Its straight, slender lines make petite brides look taller. It is a good choice for brides looking to accentuate slim hips or long legs. It can also nicely frame an hourglass-shaped body. A point to note is that the sheath silhouette will draw the eye to every curve, even those you’d like to hide.

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Photo credit: marthastewartweddings.com
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As you look for a silhouette that flatters your body, we’d advise you to try different dress styles. Whatever your final choice, just know you’ll look spectacular because of all the happiness attached to your big day. Don’t stress!

 

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Common Wedding Dress Mistakes You Should Avoid

Every bride-to-be looks forward to that time when she’ll find her perfect wedding dress. Unfortunately, the process of searching is never simple. If you don’t take some factors into consideration, the process can turn out to be a disaster. Before you hit the stores, learn from the common mistakes people make when shopping for wedding dresses and avoid them at all costs.

Bringing Too Many People
Some brides make the gross mistake of going shopping with too many friends or family members. It becomes harder for them to make a decision because of having to deal with five or more different opinions. With many conflicting opinions, your opinion which is the most important gets lost. Only bring one or two people that you know will give you an honest opinion and help you get a dress that suits your style.

Buying a Dress You Don’t Like
There are brides that buy dresses they are not completely in love with because of pressure from their entourage or stylist. If you find yourself liking a certain dress but having some doubts, or feeling pressured to make a purchase by the people you’re with, it’s best to leave the shop empty-handed. Go home and sleep on it. If a day or two passes and you still have the dress in your dreams, go ahead and buy it. If you lose any enthusiasm you had for it, forget about it and continue your search for the perfect dress. When you find ‘the one’, you won’t stop picturing yourself walking down the aisle in it. Once you try it on, you won’t want to take it off.

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Sticking To One Style
The style you have in mind may not be the best option for you, owing to several factors such as your body shape and looks. You’ll have to try on different styles to find out which ones flatter your body the best. You should be open minded and ready to listen to the advice of the bridal shop staff that have a lot of knowledge on the dresses that compliment particular looks and body shapes.

Shopping Too Early
If you start shopping more than 12 months before your big day, there are high chances of buying a dress and regretting later on. As time progresses, a new collection, which may impress you more than the purchase you made, may be released. Even worse, the dress may not match the other wedding details. You should only start shopping for a wedding dress after you’ve selected the venue and theme.

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Shopping Too Late
Shopping for a dress when your wedding date is fast approaching will limit your options. You need a few extra months to get the ideal dress and make alterations. A custom made dress can take 4-6 months to complete. You should also spare 2-3 months for making adjustments.

Failure to Account for Extra Costs
It is common for brides to spend all the money allocated to the wedding dress on just buying it. Tax, shipping fees, undergarments and accessories are some of the extra costs that should be taken into consideration. It is also worth remembering that the gown you buy will most probably need a few alterations.

Being Influenced By Discounts
Don’t be swayed by deep discounts to buy dresses you don’t love. Some brides make the mistakes of hurriedly buying dresses from sample sales and end of season sales, only to end up spending a fortune in alterations. Before buying from a sale, ensure the dress fits almost perfectly and does not have damages that cannot be fixed cheaply and easily.

Trying On Dresses That Are Beyond Your Budget
It is a big mistake to try on a dress that is outside your budget. Imagine what would happen if you fell in love with such a dress after trying it on? You will feel heartbroken and disappointed by dresses that are within your budget limits. Avoid this by only trying on dresses that you can afford and letting the stylist know your budget prior to selecting any gown.

Trying On Too Many Dresses
Brides who’ve tried on hundreds of dresses become overwhelmed and find it hard to find any that stands out. If you’re trying on more than ten dresses each day, they’ll soon start blurring into each other and you’ll even forget which dress it was that delighted you the most. Limit yourself to just a handful of dresses per appointment, and a maximum of two appointments per day.The beautiful bride against a window indoors

Ordering the Wrong Size
A common mistake made my brides is ordering a gown size that is smaller than their current body. Many usually do this in the hope that they will shed off some extra pounds before the big day. A point to note is that it is easier to alter a dress to fit your body than it is to change your body to fit a dress. Moreover, if you fail to lose your target weight, you’ll spend tons of money on alterations. The safest bet is to order your dress in your current size.
Avoiding these mistakes will make finding your dream wedding dress much easier. Once you’ve found the perfect one, stop shopping!

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