So you are going shopping for your wedding dress, and of course using our top tips from Monday’s post, but you don’t know your A-Line from your Empire, Ballgown from your Mermaid, have no fear we are here to explain all..
A-Line dresses are the most versatile and flattering suiting nearly every body type. The dress is fitted around the bodice with the base of the dress flaring out to create an A. The examples above give you an idea of how a V-Neck and One Shoulder neckline would look with this style.
The Empire silhouette is similar to an A-Line dress but has a higher waist line just below the bust. If you have a thicker waist the empire cut can sweep over your curves giving you a flattering shape. It is also good if you have a smaller bust as it draws attention to your neckline. Both of these dresses have a sweetheart neckline.
The Ballgown gives you the classic Cinderella look. It has a form fitting bodice with a VERY full floor length skirt. With ballgown’s you will need to wear a skirt hoop underneath to get the correct shape, which will allow you to walk and move with ease without catching your dress with your shoes! The neckline on these dresses are a square, strapless corset style (right) and a sweetheart halter (left).
A Sheath or Column dress can full nearly straight down from the neckline or can hug your curves. The sheath dress can be a bit unforgiving so make sure you feel comfortable in it and confident from every angle. The correct underwear is a must for this style of dress.
The Mermaid dress, also known as a Fish tail and Trumpet dress is for the confident bride. It hugs your figure right down to your knees where it then flares out. This super sexy style is sophisticated and elegant.
If you aren’t sure what style of dress would suit you, take a look at this great little test on SoFeminine it might give you a place to start. Saying that the only way to be sure that a style doesn’t suit you is by trying it on! Don’t forget that the neckline will make a big difference too, so first work out your style or silhouette (examples above) then work out what neckline you like.
We hope that you have found this style guide helpful and it has lifted some of the mystery around the different terminology used. Need any extra advice? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org ♥
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