Wedding Dress Guide (Part 1): Bridal Gowns Silhouettes (Style)

Congratulations! You’ve found the partner of your dreams – now it’s time to find the perfect dress.

Although some of you may have dreamed of your wedding dress long before you got engaged, we know there’s a ton of you out there that don’t even know where to start! The different silhouettes, the different waistlines, the arrangement of necklines and sleeves? This can all certainly feel overwhelming if you don’t have the slightest idea of what type of wedding dress style you want to walk down the aisle wearing. But this guide will help you in making that decision.

During your bridal appointment, one of the first questions you’ll be asked by the stylist is what type of wedding dress silhouette you’d like to wear. You might already have an idea of how you want your wedding dress to look — Flowy? Fitted? A little bit of both? — but knowing exactly how to describe your dream gown will come in handy as you’re working with your stylist to find “The One”. Using wedding gowns from Hadahssah Bridals, we’ve created this guide explaining the differences between five popular wedding dress silhouettes that you’ll definitely want to know about. And while we recommend trying on more than just one type of silhouette during your bridal appointments, this guide will help you put your dream wedding dress into words (or help you narrow down your options if you’re still on the fence).

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A-Line: This wedding dress is a modified version of the ball wedding gown; in that it is slightly more flowy than the ball gown. This dress “Literally” looks like the letter “A”, hence, the name.

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A-lines have fitted bodices through the waist and cascade out towards the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase “A.”

Trumpet: Also known as the fit and flair. Fit all through the body and flairs at the middle of the thigh. This toned-down version of the mermaid dress still hugs your body through the chest and waist, while being a little more forgiving through the hips, derriere, and thighs. The skirt flares out above the knee, giving you a little bit more freedom with your legs. Fit and flare wedding gowns are perfect for brides who want to let loose on the dance floor!

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Mermaid: The mermaid wedding gown is known for being one of the sexiest wedding dress silhouettes of all time, since it’s extremely fitted throughout the bodice, waist, and hips. Sleek and sexy. Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for brides looking to show off their curves.

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Ball Gown: This is a fairy tale princess dress. It has a fitted bodice and poufs at the waist with a dramatic, full skirt. If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own fairy tale moment, then this is the silhouette for you. Ball wedding gowns are one of the most classic wedding dress silhouettes and will instantly give you the Cinderella effect on the big day.

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Column: This is also known as the sheath dress because drapes over the body in one fluid symmetry.  This wedding dress silhouette is perfect for brides who want an effortless wedding gown, since it requires less fabric than other silhouettes (and is therefore very easy to move around in!). What a sheath wedding dress lacks in volume, it makes up for with its versatility — the sheath silhouette works well with nearly every type of fabric, from beading, lace, satin, and even crepe.

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The Tea Length: This gown cuts away completely from the tradition floor sweeping gowns that wedding traditions are made of. This a simple gown worn for simplicity and it is mostly trending among those that chose to have their weddings officiated by a judge in a court room rather than a church or a minister.

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What’s your favorite Silhouette? Tell us in the comment section, below!

Coming Soon on Wedding Dresses series

Wedding Gowns Necklines (Part 2)

Wedding Gowns Sleeves and Necklines (Part 3)

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