A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Styles
Wedding dresses come in several different styles or silhouettes. These include ballgowns, a-lines, modified a-lines, trumpets, mermaids, sheaths, tea-lengths, and minis. Each of these styles reflects a different personality and each have different characteristics. Some are designed for specific body types. If you’re new to bridal wear and are unfamiliar with the different styles you’re in luck. We’re about to have a mini lesson!
Sometimes called the “fairly tale” dress, the ballgown has a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist, and has a full skirt. Ballgowns are magical on those with pear body types.
The A-line gown has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the floor. The outline of the dress looks like an uppercase A (hence the name). These gowns are perfect for all body types!
The modified a-line is fitted on the bodice and hips and flares gradually to the hem (this forms an A shape). The skirt of the modified a-line dress fits closer than a traditional a-line. This silhouette is ideal for all body types.
The mermaid is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee. At the knee the dress flares outward. This style is perfect for slender frames and hourglass body types.
The trumpet dress is fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut of the trumpet dress is somewhere between a modified a-line and a mermaid gown. The trumpet silhouette is ideal for hourglass, banana, and petite body types.
The sheath gown is a dress with a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This type of gown is ideal for petite, banana, and hourglass body types.
On this type of dress, the skirt falls above the knee. The silhouette is ideal for banana body types.
The skirt on this type of gown falls between the ankle and the knee and is ideal for all body types!