With a sea of various styles and fits to choose from, brides can feel very overwhelmed when it comes to searching for the perfect wedding dress. Many times brides will think they have fallen in love with a certain style only to try it on and change their minds. Or they may be unsure that the style they are considering will flatter their body type. But have no fear! We are here to help with our ultimate wedding dress cheat sheet. Feel free to refer to this blog as you're preparing to shop. We will break down each style and fit below.
Not sure where to begin your search? We've got you covered there, too. You can be sure to trust the wedding dress consultants at Anthony's Bridal and Tuxedo in Foley, Alabama for all of your wedding attire needs.
Wedding Dress Style Definitions
A-line: Universally flattering and oh-so-versatile, the a-lie silhoutte is a solid choice for any bride. This style is flowy with a skirt that gradually flares out from just above the hips.
Mermaid: A fun, beautiful silhouette for the bride who has a playful, sassy side. Mermaid dresses are fitted from the bodice all the way to the knee, where they flare out to resemble a mermaid's tail. A flare starting just above the knee is called a trumpet fit. while a flare starting just below the knee is a true mermaid fit.
Sheath: Sleek and sultry, the sheath style is a gorgeous choice for the modern bride who wants something understated and form-fitting. This contouring style follows the natural lines of the body with no extra material or flare- typically straight cut with no seam at the waist.
Ball Gown: The ultimate style for the bride who wants to feel like a true queen. Ball gowns feature a fitted bodice (the uppermost portion of the dress covering the chest and back above the waist) and a very full skirt, flaring out dramatically from the natural waist.
Which wedding dress style will work best with my body type?
A-line: An A-line silhouette can help create the illusion of curves, but can also work wonders in slimming any midsection curves you may rather not show off. The shape of the skirt works really well to balance a larger chest, as well.
Mermaid: Keep in mind that mermaid dresses are the tightest-fitting of all styles and will hug your midsection- waist, hips, and thighs. If you'd rather not draw attention to these areas, it might be best to go with another style, but if you love to show off your curves and accentuate your figure, this is the style for you!
Sheath: A sheath-style dress best accentuates a lean, slender frame. If you don't have many curves, a sheath dress will reinforce that, so you may want a different style (or add a belt) if you want to accentuate your waist Sheath dresses are elongating and can help a petite lady appear taller.
Ball Gown: This style is fairly universally flattering and works well on curvier body types, too. The full skirt can add balance to a heavy chest or broad shoulders, but can also look gorgeous on a more petite frame. However, ball gowns can overwhelm ladies of shorter stature.
Wedding Dress Neckline Styles
Off-the-Shoulder: This dramatically stunning style for the bride who wants to flaunt her decolletage in a lovely way, off-the-shoulder looks can be seen on dresses from boho to ball gown. If range f movement is a priority, however, this may not be the style for you.
Sweetheart: Often seen on strapless gowns, this style is ultra-feminine and versatile across a wide range of bodice materials. A sweethearts neckline draws attention to the chest and is suited well for medium, or larger-chested ladies.
Illusion: another beautiful option to accentuate your decolletage, the illusion neckline features a sweetheart hem with added mesh tulle acting in place of straps. Perfect for any chest size and practical, too.
Boatneck: This timeless, delicate style best-suited for smaller-chested brides, a boatneck style pairs wonderfully with a chic updo to show off the shoulders.
Straight: a great option for both the modern and the classically chic bride. This style also works best for small-to-medium-chested ladies.
V-neck: A wonderful option for the bride who wants to dance the night away and not worry about her bodice holding up, this style also accentuates any chest beautifully.
Wedding Dress Train Lengths
The wow factor that a train can add to your dress should not be underestimated. If you're worried about the train impeding your movement after the ceremony, most trains can be bustled (if not removed completely) and blend seamlessly with your dress.
Sweep or Brush Train: just enough fabric to barely skim the floor behind you
Watteau Train: a true Watteau train attaches at the shoulders like a cape, but this style can also attach at the back or the waist as a detachable piece or as part of the skirt.
Chapel Train: a popular option, best for brides who do want a train but don't want a ton of exra fabric weighing them down.
Cathedral Train: This jaw-dropping look for a formal affair trails several feet behind you for a very dramatic look.
Royal Train: This is the ultimate train for the most formal of affair- perfectly fit for royalty.
We hope that this wedding dress cheat sheet can help you in your search for the perfect gown. Remember, the decision is ultimately YOURS and what you feel best in is all that matters. No matter what, you're sure to look stunning!!!!
"When a bride wears a wedding dress she should feel like never taking it off." - Julie Vino