Ball Gown

Like Cinderalla wore. A princess dress, or sometimes called ball gown silhouette, has a fitted bodice and waistline with a full skirt.

Looks great on slimmer figures as it adds curves and also on girls wanting to hide their lower half. Often doesn’t suit petite girls though as it can be too much dress, or girls with a large chest as it may make you too round.

A-Line

The classic dress. An A-line dress has a fitted bodice and a softly flared skirt that beings at the natural waist. These gowns are often made of heavier fabric in order to maintain the traditional A-Line shape.

The A-Line silhouette is considered universally figure flattering.  It can minimise wider waist lines, make shorter brides appear taller, add curves to a straight figure and hide a heavier bottom half.

Trumpet

A fitted gown that hugs closely to the body until the mid-hip and then widens gradually to the hem. Trumpet silhouette is often confused with the mermaid silhouette, but trumpet flairs gradually from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs more dramatically directly below the knee.

Trumpet silhouettes are great for fuller figure brides as it really complements a curvy shape. It draws attention to the waistline so is great if you have curves but may not be the right pick if you have a straight waist.

Mermaid

The mermaid silhouette is form fitting at the top, similar to the sheath, and then flares out dramatically at the knees, creating a mermaid shape.

The mermaid silhouette highlight feminine curves, making it one of the best dress styles for hourglass figures. It can add curves to a straight figure and creates a sexy silhouette. It looks great on both a slender figure and a fuller figure however it tends to emphasise a straight waist and wide hips.

Sheath

The sheath, sometimes also known as the column silhouette is slim gown that closely follows the line of the body, creating a form-fitting look. Usually made of lighter fabrics such as chiffon or satin which are more suitable for body-skimming style of the sheath silhouette.

This silhouette is most flattering on slimmer figures and it can elongate a petite figure. However the form fitting nature of this silhouette means it will show all your bumps so selecting the correct under garments is key.

The sheath silhouette is traditionally not best suited to pear shaped figures or girls with a short waist.

Empire

The Empire silhouette is defined by a waistline that sits just below the bust. The empire dress fits well on most body types but it is especially suited for those brides with a smaller bust. By drawing attention to the neckline is adds definition to the bust and with a few added elements like a belt or cap sleeves you can create the effect of a fuller bust.

Strangely enough however, it can also work to minimise a large bust by reducing the impact of the bust line.

The empire dress is also great for covering up body features you don;t want to draw attention to, for example petite frame, pear shapes hips or a long torso.

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