Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life. You are the star of your show and you are the center of attention. Looking your best is something that you should not only strive for, but you should achieve. One of the best ways to do that is to find the right type of dress that fits your body type. The team at The Bridal Finery is here to help and guide you into finding the right wedding dress silhouette for the big day.
WEDDING DRESS SILHOUETTES GUIDE
THE A-LINE GOWN
The A-Line Gown is probably one of the most versatile of all of the silhouettes. It all starts with a fitted bodice and continuously flows with an unbroken line. It’s classic and timeless design helps hide curves, while also keeping an “A” shape and allowing for the illusion of curves on a thinner frame. Needless to say, this is a go-to for many brides because the wedding dress silhouette can be seen in backyard ceremonies as well as luxurious ballrooms and gardens.
Above, Jamie is modeling an A-line wedding gown by Reem Acra.
THE EMPIRE WAIST GOWN
The versatility of the Empire Line Gown is almost underappreciated by some. The first thing that comes to mind when talking about this wedding dress silhouette is the higher waistline, and the rest of the dress just flows all the way down to the hem. There are so many things that you can do with this silhouette that can take or give attention to body features. Different accessories can be added like sleeves or bead work.
Above is a photo of Tali wearing an empire waist wedding gown by Ines Di Santo.
The Ballgown is a classic look with a fitted bodice and an exuberant skirt. This can be a great gown for hiding all sorts of body features that you don’t want to have drawn attention. It accentuates the waist and hides the rest of the body below it. If you have a large bust, then this can help create an hourglass figure. Just keep in mind that your height should be taken into account. The shorter you are, the more imbalanced the silhouette will be.
Above, Reema is wearing a ball gown by Ines Di Santo.
THE SHEATH GOWN
The Sheath Gown is a very elongating dress. Some people call it a column dress. A sheath dress fits petite and tall women. What most women also don’t know, the seath gown is also a fit that works for every body type. Many sheath gowns are cut in non forgiving fabrics, so many women think this style is not for them. With proper undergarments such as Spanx & a correct fitting bra, this shape gown is perfect.
Above, Roberta is wearing a crepe sheath style wedding gown by Ines Di Santo.
This wedding dress silhouette is often confused with the Mermaid silhouette since it flares out just below the waist and doesn’t have a too much volume. The Trumpet shape gown is more enlongating than the mermaid because of the fluidity from the bodice to the skirt. Mermaid shape gowns tend to be more fitted with a harsh seem line and volume skirt.
Above, Roberta is wearing a trumpet style wedding gown by Mira Zwillinger.
The Mermaid silhouette is known for hugging the figure of the person wearing it from the chest to the knees and then flares out. In some dresses, the flare is lower than the knee. This shape is best for taller women who want to highlight their curves & figures. We would not recommend this shape gown for a petite woman because of the harsh seem and flair. However, a trumpet shape or sheath gown is recommended for a petite woman.
Above, model Amy is wearing a trumpet wedding gown by Ines Di Santo.
The drop waist wedding gown is a classic style gown that has made it’s way back in style. This wedding gown is fitted through the bust, waist, and flairs just under the hips. Unlike the mermaid gown, this gown style is perfect for tall and petite women. This gown is also available in a range of fabrics. Traditionally, the drop waist gown is designed in a silk satin or silk faille.
Above, Jamie is modeling a drop waist wedding gown by Ines Di Santo.