Bridal Fashion

Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Define your Silhouette

February 28, 2012

Over the next two weeks we will be re-posting a series we did last year that helps YOU understand the differences in the bridal gown shillouettes.  With Bridal Season in full swing we, here at WedCandy, think its very important that you truly understand the differences in shillouettes before you go in and have the magical moment of finding your perfect gown.  If you have any questions at all or if you have already chosen your perfect gown – let us know – reach out – comment below.  We always love to hear from you and your experiences.

It can be an overwhelming experience, but a VERY exciting one when the day is finally upon you to shop for your wedding dress.  Its best to always come into the experience prepared – this means do a little research ahead of time.  Study designers, study fabrics, but most of all study sillouettes.  Understanding different silhouette’s will help your wedding dress selection be a less stressful event because you will know where to narrow your focus.  The 1000s of gowns can be easily narrowed down when you understand the different gown silhouettes and what you feel will flatter your figure and your taste.  So, lets make this a little easier….below we defined it for you, so print this out and add it to your Wedding Planner {that we know you have!} and make notes, add cut out pictures and list your favorite designers.

Goddess:  The newcomer on the scene that many designers use to describe a gown that is very loose and flows from just under the bustline.  This shape is relative to an empire waist and the fabrics are usually very breezy and made of chiffon.

Sheath:  Simple and Clean.  This dress usually has a fitted shape from top to bottom.  The dress might be cut on the bias, ruched or covered in lace so there is no distinct flare or separate skirt.

Mermaid:  Very traditional silhouette for the bride that wants to draw attention to her shape and flattering figure.  The skirt is fitted to the knees and then flares out to the floor.

Trumpet:  This style is for the bride who wants to accentuate her shape but without being too restrictive.  The skirt hugs the hips and then begins to flow into an A-line shape around the mid-thigh.

A-Line:  This is one of the most universally flattering cuts.  This classic style angles out directly below the waist where a modified A-line may graze the top of the hips.

Ball Gown:  This style can be described in one word “Cinderella”.  Typically big, dramatic and supported by crinoline that allows the skirt to poof out before it falls to the floor.

Gown images: Monique Lhuillier 

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