So many brides come in for their first appointment ever of trying on gowns and one of their first statements is “I don’t know what style I want.” So let’s go through the dress styles and the type of body shapes that each style tends to compliment. There are basically five different styles: A-line, ball gown, sheath, trumpet, and mermaid gowns. All these gowns come in a variety of fabrics, like lace, beading, satin, Mikado and organza. And we are going through them all in detail so you can decide for yourself which shape compliments your body shape the best.
A-LINE GOWNS: A-line gowns are fitted to your waist and gradually flare out to the hemline. It’s a style that flatters every shape and size and has been making a big comeback in the bridal industry. It is a great gown in that it can minimize your waistline, along with your hips and thighs. It gives a nice, smooth controlled look that is both romantic and feminine.
BALL GOWNS: If being a princess is the look that you want for your wedding day, then a ball gown is probably what you should go with. The ball gown also has a fitted bodice and waistline, but then has a dramatic full skirt, which is much bigger than the A-line above. These gowns are also flattering on a pear-shaped body as goes the saying…the bigger the skirt, the smaller the waist looks. So if a ball gown is your style, you can float down the aisle on a cloud of tulle!
SHEATHS: Sheaths, also known as column dresses, look great on heart-shaped or hour-glass shapes. These more relaxed gowns tend to follow your curves down to your hips and then fall straight to the floor. Many times this kind of gown is nipped in at the waistline to give an hourglass look. These gowns can be considered extremely sophisticated and sexy. It’s also a great look for petite brides as it tends to make them appear taller.
TRUMPET GOWNS: Trumpet or fit and flare gowns are often the choice of brides who have hourglass or pear-shaped figures as they tend to accent one’s curves. These gowns follow your curves from the bodice through the hips and then flare out subtly to the floor. It’s the kind of gown that goes well with today’s popular rustic weddings.
MERMAID GOWNS: A mermaid gown is a very fitted dress and it hugs close to the bride’s body to just at or below the knees where it flares out making a fuller skirt much like a mermaid’s tail. It’s a very elegant look. And it looks best on brides with hourglass or pear-shaped figures.
Whatever your figure, you should go with the gown that makes YOU feel beautiful and like a bride.
Hopefully this will give you some thoughts on how you want to look on your wedding day. We have all these styles available at Main Street Bridal and hope you might choose to come visit us. Our hours are by appointment during the Covid pandemic and we are requesting brides only bring two guests with them. Masks are required.