Six Wedding Gown Silhouettes
Posted on: October 24, 2008
One way to make selecting a dress easier is to categorize them into different groups. Your body type will determine which group(s) of dresses will flatter you. You can then narrow your search to that specific style. We’ve listed the six silhouettes below. Keep in mind, there’s no substitute to physically trying the style on so get out there and have fun dress shopping!
This style is characterized by being fitted from the waist and then flaring out around the knees. It can also be referred to as a trumpet silhouette. Tip: Great for hour glass figures.
This is another figure hugging style. It is like the mermaid but without the flare around the knee area. Tip: Great for the petite or thinner bride as it doesn’t conceal much.
The a-line gown is a very popular style as it flares out right from the waist into an “A” shape. Almost any figure can wear this silhouette as it is comfortable and slimming at the same time. Tip: Conceals the hip area if you feel the need!
The ball gown is similar to the A-Line but flares out into a much fuller skirt - the quintessential “Cinderella dress”. Tip: Petite brides may find themselves getting lost in this style as it can easily overwhelm a smaller figure.
Grecian / Empire Waist
The empire waist has been appearing in clothing a lot more in the past couple of years because it is figure flattering and concealing at the same time. It's characterized by a waistline that is above the natural waist. Tip: Great style if you’re trying to conceal your waistline and/or look taller. The empire waist on a dress can act to give the illusion of longer legs.
Finally, the basque waist refers to a lowered waistline that is several inches below the natural waist. Tip: Will act to shorten leg length so not ideal for shorter brides. Hour glass and tall figures will work with this style. Also, good for concealing larger hips.
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