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Guide to Wedding Dress Silhouettes

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Beginning the search for your dream wedding dress? We get it, the process can be a bit overwhelming! We’re here to teach you the basics so you feel confident + prepared for your bridal appointment! Let’s chat all things wedding dress silhouettes:

A-Line: Fitted bodice through natural waist and flows out to the ground.

woman wearing Jenny Yoo Louise a line long sleeve wedding dress
Jenny Yoo Louise

Ball Gown: Fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. 

woman wearing Berta 20-107 ball gown wedding dress
Berta 20-107

Drop Waist: Fits loosely from shoulder to hip, transitioning into a pleated or gathered skirt at the hip, rather than the natural waistline. 

woman wearing Monique Lhuillier Fleur de Lis drop waist wedding dress
Monique Lhuillier Fleur de Lis

Fit and Flare: Encompasses many distinct silhouettes, including trumpet and mermaid, all sharing the feature that the skirt begins at its “join line” [the point where the dress begins to flare], below the low hip.

Hayley Paige Lourdes

Mermaid: Mermaid wedding dresses flare at or below the knee, which creates an even more dramatic silhouette.

woman wearing Dany Tabet Brizo mermaid wedding dress
Dany Tabet Brizo

Sheath: A sheath gown boasts a snug fit and contours the body from head-to-toe.

woman wearing Wtoo Milligan sheath wedding dress
Wtoo Milligan

Slip: A modern, chic + sophisticated look. This effortless silhouette is far from boring.

woman wearing Jenny Yoo Marnie slip wedding dress
Jenny Yoo Marnie

Trumpet: The key trait that makes a trumpet differ from a mermaid is the skirt! Trumpet wedding dresses begin to flare at the thigh to elongate the legs.

woman wearing Lazaro Rey trumpet wedding dress
Lazaro Rey

Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to start shopping! We’ll have you try on each silhouette at your bridal appointment, so if you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, we’ll help you narrow it down!

Give us a ring at 614.228.2700 or click below to submit an appointment request.

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