What’s your wedding dress style?
And so the search for your wedding dress begins and usually the first place to start is with a little therapeutic online browsing! Sometimes describing or putting into words what you want when you go for your bridal appointment is tricky, don’t know your fishtail from your fit and flare? Well it’s not surprising as there is often more than one name for a shape/style. In the end it doesn’t really matter what it’s called and that’s what we’re here for anyway! So when you come into the boutique we will go through the shapes and discuss what will give the best look for your personal body shape too. In he meantime here’s our little guide to help you along, together with some fab suggestions of styles in those shapes:
Ball Gown: If you want that true Princess look on your big day then a ball gown shape not only defines and cinches in at your waist, the fuller skirt also creates balance for those brides with a fuller bust. Of course you also get all of that fabulous fullness of fabric (and there are lots to choose from) often pushed out to its maximum with a co-ordinating hooped underskirt to make a real royal statement.
Fishtail/mermaid: One of the sexiest shapes in the bridal range and the most fabulous look to emphasise those curves. A true fishtail style hugs the hips and continues hugging almost down to the knees when we see a dramatic change in the fullness of the skirt at this point, again this emphasises the tight fit above the skirt. These styles work well for girls who have the curves and want to show them off but will also emphasise the hips for a girl who is slimmer in that part of her body.
Fitted/sheath or column: There you go, at least three names we’ve come up with for this shape and it is what it says, straight down! However, depending on the fabric of the dress, you can still get some fabulous emphasis in the places you want to show off – the gorgeous stretch crepe gowns, whilst still straight down from the front view, can show off a gorgeous rear!
Fit and Flare: This shape tends to hug the hips, like the fishtail, but the volume of the skirt begins a lot higher so the emphasis is on the waist still and not the hips as it doesn’t have that dramatic hugging below the hipline. It’s a great shape if you have a small waist but tend to be more ‘pear’ shaped so carry more weight on your bottom, the style stops short before it shows that part of your body. You still get to enjoy the fuller skirt as in the ballgown shape but if you are shorter in the body then the fit and flare will flatter you more.
Empire: This isn’t a style that’s as popular these days but it basically fits around the bust and then the fabric loosens and falls from just under the bust. Some brides think this is an ‘easy’ shape to wear as it will cover a multitude of sins – we disagree! We feel fitting snugly to your body shape and making the most of the shape you are is a more flattering way to go – but don’t take our word for it, let us show you! That said, Empire lines do have a place….very good for expectant brides!
A-Line: A dress for every shape! Why? Well it’s because an A-Line gown is probably the shape that will flatter most figures since it is slim at the top, fits around the waist to emphasise what is usually our smallest part, before flowing into a loose skirt that goes outwards around the hips…covering a multitude of sins as the saying goes.
We look forward to discussing the shapes you love and finding the perfect one for you! The Bridal Collection Team x