Bridal Gown Styles
There are so many options when choosing your bridal gown style or silhouette, as it is sometimes referred to. There are also no “rules” as to what is right or wrong. Your gown does not need to match your venue or your theme. Your gown style should reflect more of you, who you are as a person and as a bride. The best piece of advice we give to ALL of our brides is to “Be true to yourself. You don’t want to look back at your wedding pictures 25 years later and say Oh my gosh, what was I thinking?”
Here are some guidelines as to the different silhouettes or body styles for bridal gowns. At Laurie’s, we pay close attention to HOW we clip you in the sample you are trying on. Since many of our samples are likely to be a different size than what you will special order, we are very careful as to how we clip you in our samples. We clip you to how the gown SHOULD fit and not how WE WANT it to fit you. If you are clipped improperly, than the gown will look differently once it does come in, in your size.
Ballgown: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. It is ideal for most body types, but looks great on pear shape, since it hides the lower body. If you are petite, think about the skirt and have it not be too overwhelming for the rest of your small frame.
A-Line: Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. Ideal for all body types. Sometimes A Line dresses can be a little more fitted at the bodice, but not a poufy as a ball gown. Very comfortable for all body shapes.
Trumpet: (otherwise known as a fit and flair) Fitted through the body and flairs about mid thigh. This style is also referred to as a more popular named “Fit and Flair” hence flair to mid thigh. This is ideal for the bride who wants a gown to show off her shape. It will accentuate the stomach and hip area, since it’s more fitted than the other silhouettes.
Mermaid: Fitted on the body from the chest down to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types, who are willing to show off their curves. If you are the bride who will be dancing all night and getting up and down, this may not be the most suitable style for you. If you think about a mermaid and her tale, this is the true look of a mermaid.
Sheath: Just barely shapes the body and flows from the neckline, down to the hem. Sheaths just hang to the body, sometimes not giving the bride the shape she desires in a gown.
Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all body types.