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Wedding Dress Silhouette Guide

Here’s a quick rundown on the 5 most popular wedding dress silhouettes. This guide will ensure that when you hit the bridal shops your down with the wedding dress lingo.

The A-Line Dress – aka The Princess

The Princess dress has a fitted bodice shape with an A-line skirt.

This silhouette is the most popular, as it suits most body types.

Given its classic and simple style, the A-line silhouette is appropriate for any wedding, from a casual garden wedding to a traditional church ceremony.


The Mermaid Dress – aka The Hourglass

The mermaid shape is tightly fitted to the body and flares out from mid thigh or knee.

This style of dress highlights curves, so confidence is a must!


The Ball Gown Dress

If you’re wanting a fairy tale wedding, then a ball gown dress is perfect for you.

This silhouette pairs a fitted bodice with a full skirt that can either be a one piece or separates.

The ball gown is most appropriate for a traditional or classic wedding.


The Column Dress

The column dress has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem.

This silhouette tends to hug the body and show off every little curve.

The simplicity and elegance of the column silhouette makes it a favourite for causal beach weddings and intimate affairs.


The Empire Dress

The empire dress is defined by the raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem.

The empire style is very versatile and can be worn for a formal or casual wedding.


Make the experience of shopping for your wedding dress fun and try on every silhouette you can get your hands on. You may be shocked by the style that actually suits you.

{Images via Vera Wang}

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