The Perfect Bride   19126 Old Detroit Rd  Rocky River,OH44116   (440) 331-5113
The Perfect Bride
19126 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky RiverOH 44116
 (440) 331-5113

Gown Silhouettes 101

Gown Silhouettes 101

You're engaged — Congratulations! While you may know what you want for your wedding, do you know how to speak the language? Unless you're in the business, there is no reason for the general population to be familiar with what mermaid, sheath, and tea-length mean in the world of weddings. But when you are shopping for your bridal gown, and bridesmaid dresses, and you have several body types or silhouettes, then it becomes helpful to know a thing or two about the terms.

Popular Gown Silhouettes

  • A-line is narrow, form-fitting, elongated, and elegant. The silhouette is slim. There is also the modified version which is a mixture of the A-line and Mermaid. This dress shape is roomier in the hips, but flares at the bottom.
  • The Ballgown is perhaps the most forgiving as most figures look great in the full skirt and fitted bodice. This is also the dress of dreams and makes the most of what you have and making you the perfect bride. If you have no curves, the ball gown provides the illusion you have them. If you have an abundance, this is where you can adorn them and feel proportionate.
  • Dropped Waist isn't for everyone, but it works best on those with fabulous abs and flat stomachs, as the dress hugs the waist and hips before flaring.
  • Empire Waist hits just below the bust line, making the silhouette appear longer and leaner. A fitted bodice and a gathered skirt. A dress that fits lose and skims the body. 

A-line is narrow, form-fitting, elongated, and elegant. The silhouette is slim. There is also the modified version which is a mixture of the A-line and Mermaid. This dress shape is roomier in the hips, but flares at the bottom.

  • Mermaid is perfect for the curvy figure and utilizes a tapered, hugging style that flares out below the knee. Not the most forgiving dress, but perfect to show off the contours.
  • Sheath dresses create a slim silhouette, elongated lines and work best for slender figures as it flows straight down to the floor.
  • The Trumpet is like the bell of the instrument it is named after. Easier to move around in than the Mermaid as its flare starts at the knee. This dress doesn't work well for all body types as it accentuates the areas of the hip and stomach.
  • Tea-length gowns are where the skirt ends somewhere between the knee and the ankle. This is a length that works for just about everyone. 
  • The Mini is where the skirt ends above the knee. This is not ideal for all, but there are those who can pull it off, and do it well.

Do you feel comfortable with your knowledge of dress silhouettes? If you want to learn more about gowns, send us a message or call us at 440-331-5113. There is plenty to know and love about all things wedding, and that's why we love our work at The Perfect Bride. Call, or visit us soon. And check out other blog topics related to your wedding.


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