When you choose your wedding dress it can be a bit overwhelming, trust me I’m already wondering how I’m going to choose just the 1 dress! But the more you know about the styles of dresses that are available before you start your hunt, the easier it will be to choose your wedding dress and the better the experience will be. This should be a fun and enjoyable time and something you’ll get to do once so you need to savor every moment of it.
Different silhouettes, waistlines, necklines and colours flatter different people. Here’s my guide to the different options available so you’ll know what the bridal boutique are talking about!
A-Line – This is universally flattering. It is fitted to the torso and has a flared skirt in an A shape.
Ball Gown – A fitted bodice with a dramatic full skirt. This can balanace out top heavy brides and give a waist to boyish frames. This can also be good for pear shapes as long as it is fitted at the waist.
Empire Line Gown – The skirt extends down from just under the bust. It’s great fro pear-shaped brides and those wanting to disguise their tummy, hips or bums.
Sheath – Slim-fitting from head to toe. Perfect for slim figures and petite figures.
Mermaid Gown – Slim fitted and curve hugging onto the thighs and flares from the knees. Great for showing off curves.
Asymmetrical – Higher at one side than the other. Perfect if you want to slim your waist.
Basque – Forms a triangle below your natural waist to make the body appear longer. Perfect to slim the waist and take emphasis off the hips.
Empire Line – The seam is just under the bust. This is great to skim the tummy and the hips. This style is great for apple shapes and anyone who doesn’t like anything tight over their stomach.
Natural – The seam lies on your natural waistline. This is really flattering for hourglass figures.
Dropped – This fall a few inches below the natural waistline. This will elongate your torso so is good for brides who have a shorter body or want to look taller.
Asymmetrical or One Shouldered – The neckline is higher at one side than the other. This isn’t the best cut for the more ample busted bride.
Halter – The straps wrap around your neck and are mainly backless. This work well for anyone with broad shoulders.
Jewel or T-shirt – A round neckline that sits at the base of the neck. This is good for smaller chested ladies but should be avoided by larger chested brides.
Off-the-Shoulder – The neckline sits below the shoulder with a sleeve that covers the upper arms. This works well for larger busted and pear shaped brides but should be avoided by those with broader shoulders.
Strapless – The bodice is cut straight across the bust. It is not great for brides with a large bust as there is not as much support and it can cut in at the armpits.
Sweetheart – The neckline is shaped like the top of a heart and if often strapless. This can be worn by most brides, but is not recommended to brides with a small bust.
V-Neck – The neckline dips into a V shape. It is flattering for for shorter brides wanting to elongate their neck and also to larger busted brides.
Fair and pink toned skin – Should choose an Ivory gown.
Medium, yellow tone skin – Should choose an off white or creamy ivory gown.
Medium, olive tone skin – Should choose a champagne or diamond white gown.
Dark Skin – Any shade looks great on this skin tone.
If you’ve already been shopping for your wedding dress, I’d love to hear about your experience, how you chose and a hint at what you’ve picked. If you want to share a picture of your dress but don’t want others to see you can PM me on Facebook.