Bridal Gowns come in all different shapes and sometimes it can get overwhelming. The best way to decide on which silhouette you would want to wear is to know which is which.
The different types of bridal gown silhouettes are:
The Ballgown silhouette is very flattering on figures that have a wider waist line, broader hips or have broader shoulders. This type of silhouette can be very flattering because it has a fitted bodice and the waist line is defined by the full skirt. The Ballgown tends to hide any flaws in the lower body but is not the best fit for more petite brides. The silhouette can get overwhelming and tend to overtake petite brides rather than flatter them.
The Fit to Flare silhouette is similar to the ball gown but is asymmetrical. The Fit to Flare bridal gown silhouette is fitted from the bodice down to the hip line then flares out like a ballgown. It looks very flattering on those of many body types but is not best for petite brides because it too can become overtaking and overwhelming to the figure.
A Dropped Waist silhouette is fitted down to the hips evenly then flows or flares out. This dress is very flattering on those who have a very petite upper body figure and want to show off some curves. It is not the best choice for plus size brides because it isn’t necessarily forgiving in the fitted upper body area.
An A – Line gown is very flattering on those who have a triangle or rectangular body in that you may have wider hips than shoulders or your body is very close in size. The A – Line Gown is fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground without breaking the line of the gown. The concept of this silhouette is for it to resemble an uppercase A.
The Mermaid gown is very flattering on those who have hourglass figures or have a figure where your shoulders are wider than your hips. This type of gown fits very close to the body until about the knees and flares out to the hem. This gown is hugely for brides that want to show off their curves but is not so flattering on plus size bodies.
The Trumpet silhouette is often mistaken for the mermaid silhouette. There is a big difference between the two because of where the flared skirt lays. The Trumpet silhouette is fitted through the body and flares at the mid-hip area and is ideal for brides with small waists but not so flattering on those who have a bigger stomach or hip area because that is where the focus is in this silhouette.
Lastly is the Sheath silhouette which is very flattering on petite brides as well as those who are willing to show off their curves but not so much for plus sized brides because it extenuates “extra inches”. The Sheath silhouette flows straight down from the neckline to the hem and doesn’t contain any type of flare.
An Empire Waist silhouette can be very flattering on most body shapes and sizes. This silhouette is fitted in the bust area but then flows down or out out. This silhouette is forgiving to flaws in the body shape because its only tight area is the bust line. This type of silhouette is very common for destination or island weddings because it can be very light.
All images are from the Maggie Sottero collection and can be viewed at: http://www.maggiesottero.com/collection.aspx
All of these types of gowns can be found at The Wedding Galleria By Bella located on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, North Carolina.