By Kristi Charter, a passionate freelance writer, inspired by all that is beautiful, fresh and creative. With a keen interest in the wedding industry and a wide array of knowledge, Kristi is a regular blogger for Giant Wedding Invitations.
Looking for your dream wedding dress can be a little daunting. There are so many dress styles to sift through that it can quickly become quite overwhelming. To make the process easier it always helps if you go in fully prepared by having done your research especially if you will be having consultations with bridal designers. Aside from having sample pictures of dresses you like, knowing your body type and understanding the wedding dress silhouettes and what will work for your body is essential to streamlining the process. By having this key information you will be able to narrow your search by culling a range of dress styles that you know simply won’t flatter your shape. To help you in your search, we’ve compiled a list of the ins and outs for some of the most common wedding dress silhouettes.
The A-Line silhouette is the most universally flattering style, enhancing curvy figures and creating an hourglass shape on those looking for curves. This classic cut cinches the smallest part of your natural waist and then gracefully flows out into a full floor-length skirt. The A- Line silhouette resembles the outline of an uppercase ‘A’ hence the name. This cut discreetly conceals hips, drawing attention to the bodice. The A-Line dress is the perfect way to wear a fuller skirt more subtly than a ball gown and will suit a range of wedding styles and themes.
Ball gown (princess)
You are sure to make a grand entrance in an ultra-feminine ball gown wedding dress. This style gown features a dramatic wide, full skirt contrasted with a fitted bodice. This makes this silhouette ideal for any bride wishing to camouflage common problem areas such as the hips and thighs. The ball gown dress will suit most figures however petite brides might get lost with the style tending to emphasise shorter bride’s lack of height. The ball gown silhouette can also over emphasize brides with full busts which as a result can throw the dresses balance out. The ball gown silhouette is a classic wedding style ideal for formal weddings.
Trumpet (Fit and Flare)
The trumpet silhouette also known as the fit and flare silhouette features a form-fitting bodice that hugs the body down through the hips and then elegantly flares out. Less dramatic than the mermaid cut, the trumpet silhouette perfectly accentuates hourglass figures with a balanced design. The cut is also flattering for petite brides and brides with slender frames. A classic yet fashionable wedding dress design this silhouette is suited to a range of wedding styles and formalities.
Empire dresses feature a fitted high waisted bodice that sits just below the chest with the rest of the dress flowing straight down to the hem. The long flowing skirt creates the illusion of height and subtly hides prominent hips. The empire style is best suited to petite brides with slim frames and smaller chests. This beautiful cut is ideal for a relaxed outdoor wedding either in a garden or at a beach. The empire cut is also perfect for pregnant brides.
A glamorous gown, the mermaid shape is defined by its figure hugging bodice which dramatically flares out above the knee. This extremely fitted dress enhances a confident curvaceous figure in all the right places. While slender frames will also find this cut to be a flattering style. Bear in mind this dress hides very little so if you are not completely sold on your curves steer clear.
The sheath silhouette skims the body, falling straight to the floor. A relaxed looking fit the cut is both narrow and slim in shape, making it suitable for petite brides. The sheath cut can create curves where they are needed through its form fitting design. The sheath style wedding dress can vary between body-hugging and a slightly more flowing fit. The long, straight sleek lines in this dress can help make a bride appear taller.