Types of Wedding Dresses

We all know that the wedding dress is of prime importance for a bride. First you decide upon the wedding dress and then decide other accessories like veil, shoes, hairstyle, headpiece, bouquet etc accordingly. Not all wedding gowns are suitable for everyone. There are a few standard types of wedding gowns which are popular and usually brides pick on these and customize it as per their imagination. Lets take a look at the various types of gowns and which dress goes which which type of body shape. This will help you shortlist the dress.

A-Line/Princess Wedding Gowns
An A-line dress is a very classic silhouette. This type of dress, as implied by the name, resembles the letter “A.” An A-line dress typically has a tapered top, sloped waist and flared skirt. These gowns tend to flatter women who have figures that are heavier in the hips and waist. A-line wedding dresses come in a variety of styles many with delicate lace trim and intricate beading and embroidery designs. A-line gowns are recommended for the most body types except for women who do not have a defined waistline. While neither the A-line nor Princess has a defined waistline, the Princess style does have noticeable vertical panels.

Ball Bridal Gowns or Full Skirt Gowns
Bridal gown has a classic and elegant style with fitted bodice and a traditional full skirt. The bodice is often embellished with beaded lace motifs and the skirt is usually layered with airy fabrics. These type of dresses are recommended for the full figured, pear shaped, and thin shaped bodies. This style may also be considered for some people who are petite or have a hour glass figure.

Mermaid Wedding Dresses
As the name suggests, mermaid dresses are dresses that mimic the shape of a mermaid. They are typically very fitted on top and then widen out at the knees. Fishtail dresses are the same shape but often have a trailing train. This type of dress is a good idea if you have a small bust and small waist. This curvaceous bridal gown style exudes grace and elegance with it’s fitted waist and hips and a gentle flaring at the knees.

Mermaid style gowns are recommended for woman with a figure that they want to show off. This style is not recommended for women who are petite, thick or having short waist, or have an inverted pear shaped body type.

Sheath Bridal Dresses
Sheath dresses are generally closely fitted dresses with hems that traditionally end just above the knee. These gowns are usually made of very simple materials. The shape is intended to show off the figure without extraneous detail. These gowns are almost tube-like in appearance. These lace wedding dresses are recommended for thin figured or petite framed women. They may also be considered for some women with a hour glass figure shaped body. This style is definitely not recommended for women who are thick or having short waist, full figured, or have a pear shaped body type.

Empire Waist
An empire-waist dress is a dress tightly fitted around the bust line. The rest of the bodice falls straight. These beach wedding dresses have been a popular choice for centuries. The empire waist dress is a good choice for a bride with a smaller bust since the dividing line in the fabric creates the illusion of a larger chest. These dresses are also fine choices for brides with less than perfect hips. The straight line makes figure of the bride appear thinner. Empire waist gowns are recommended for women who are petite or do not have a defined waistline. They may also be considered for women with an inverted pear shaped body. This style is not recommended for women with hour glass figures

Hope this would give you some idea about various types and styles of wedding dresses/gowns.

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