A Guide to Every Wedding Dress Silhouette

A Guide to Every Wedding Dress Silhouette

Congratulations! You've found the partner of your dreams – now it's time to find the perfect dress.

There are few moments as exhilarating as your grand entrance as a bride. With all eyes on you, you will want a wedding dress that will flatter you flawlessly and set the tone for the occasion, and there is a silhouette – to do just that.

We have put together a definitive guide of all the wedding dress silhouettes styles you need to know so you can head into your wedding dress shopping experience with confidence. Read on to find out the name of your favorite wedding gown silhouette, length, and shape.

  1.   A-Line

The name of this style is deceptively ordinary, given that is has magical powers. A-line gowns are fitted through your natural waist and then flare out softly to create an "A" shape. This dress silhouette is elegant and lovely. A universally-loved wedding dress silhouette, this style is great for to-be-weds who want a fairytale moment without all the volume and drama

  1.   Mermaid

The mermaid silhouette is ultra-feminine and hugs the body in all of the right places before the skirt dramatically flares out just below the knees. The result is a stunning mermaid tail-effect that shows off your lovely figure. This classic wedding silhouette promises to look good on every shape and size. To-be-weds going for a sultry look will love this curve-hugging wedding dress silhouette.

  1.    Fit-and-Flare

This dress silhouette really knows how to show off your figure. It is no wonder why this is a popular wedding dress style. To-be-weds who want to highlight their figure but also want to be comfortable throughout the night will love this stunning silhouette. The style hugs your bust, waist and hips, and then flares out ever-so-slightly for a pretty and romantic look. Depending on the proportions of the seam line, this silhouette can be a nice balance for the bride who wants something form fitting and sexy, but also high voltage and glamorous.

  1.   Ball Gown

The ball gown is the quintessential princess wedding dress and there are more reasons why this is a fairytale design. The silhouette is a fitted bodice, natural waist and a billowing, full skirt and because of its design, everyone can look amazing in it. You can have a lot of fun with the appearance of the skirt, with anything from delicate embroidery to layers upon layers of tulle.

  1.    Column

The column dress silhouette is typically streamlined and uninterrupted by drastic seam lines. This fuss-free wedding silhouette is simple, yet undeniably stunning. Not to be confused with a sheath that tends to fit a bit more effortlessly and is lighter in fabrication, the column look is more often seen with a natural waistline and made from fabrications that hold a bit of structure (think: taffeta, brocade, organza, corded lace).

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  1.    Empire

Wedding dresses with an empire waist are perfect for those who love a flowy, boho dress. This wedding silhouette is fitted through the bust and then flows away from the body all the way down. It is light and airy giving it a whimsical feel. The higher waistline elongates the body, which can make you appear taller.

While this guide will help to get you started, don’t be afraid to branch out and try different designs when you are on the hunt for your perfect wedding dress. You might be pleasantly surprised to find a style you would never have imagined would suit you is actually the perfect ensemble for you. Happy shopping!

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