Wedding Dresses 101: Silhouette

Happy Monday brides and wedding enthusiasts! Dresses! Dresses! Dresses! Finding your wedding dress can be the most fun (and sometimes the most stressful) part of the planning process. Some brides already have an idea of what they want. Others have no idea where to start. Let’s start with the basics: silhouettes!

 

Photo created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork created by Alyson Pedro

First you have your classic ball gown shapes, also known as the cupcake dress 🙂 On the left you have your classic ball gown, where the skirt of the dress expands from the natural waist. The one on the right is a dropped-waist ball gown, where the skirt of the dress starts at just below the hips, hence the term “dropped-waist” I love a good ball gown. Classic shape that comes in many different materials. Check out this gorgeous Pronovias ball gown and this Pnina Tornai dropped-waist ball gown

Artwork Created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork Created by Alyson Pedro

Next up, you have on your left your fit-and-flare/trumpet style, and on the right your sheath style. I love the flow of a trumpet-style gown. They accentuate the waist and floats away from the body at the hips. It’s a particularly wonderful silhouette for a beach wedding! Fit-and-flare dresses with gorgeous overlays, like this one, are very in right now. The sheath dress is the silhouette that I wish i could pull off! It creates long lines, making you look tall, statuesque and drop-dead gorgeous. One thing i love about sheath dresses is that with this style you can have a flowy material like organza or you can go for a something that is a little more structured. This sheath by Badgley Mischka  is to die for ❤

 

Artwork created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork created by Alyson Pedro

Lastly, we have to your left (my personal fav) the mermaid, and on the right your classic A-line. I believe that every woman’s curves are beautiful. If that’s something you want to show off, the mermaid style is definitely the dress to do it in! The mermaid style hugs all the curves your momma gave you, ending in a beautiful mass of volume at the bottom. It’s the perfect balance of elegant and sexy, like this Mori Lee gown. The A-line is your classic silhouette, floating away from your hips at the waist, creating a nice beautiful line. The difference between A-line and the ball gown is that the A-line silhouette doesn’t have quite as much volume. When I hear A-line, i thing soft and romantic, like this beautiful Jenny Yoo gown.

As you start the hunt, no matter what look you decide to go with, choose the dress that you are the most comfortable in, makes you feel like your best possible self, and most importantly, makes you feel like a bride!

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