Know Your Gown

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For starters, as a bride, you should aim to look like the absolute best version of yourself on your wedding day. And aside from your beaming smile and bridal glow, your dress will be front and center. We all have different body types, which is why it’s so important to begin the wedding dress shopping process by understanding the different gown silhouettes — and for which body types they work best. Here’s a quick and easy guide to break down the various wedding gowns.

Dress Length

knee-length
tea-length
ballerina
ankle-length
floor-length
hi-lo
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 A wedding dress can be made from either silk or polyester.How the fiber is woven determines if the dress is:

  • Charmeuse    : lightweight, semi-lustrous soft, is satin-like to the touch.
  • Chiffon        : Delicate,sheer,and transparent with a soft finish.Often layered because of its transparency.
  • Crepe                : Light,soft,and thinwith a crinkled surface.
  • Duchesse Satin : A lightweight hybrid of silk or polyester and rayon woven into a satin finish.
  • Dupioni       : A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker,coarser fibers and a slight sheen.
  • Georgette        : Sheer and lightweight fabric with a crepe surface.
  • Mikado            : A  brand  of  blended fibers usually heavier  than  100% silk.
  • Organza          : Crisp and sheer like chiffon with a  stiffer texture similar ,  but more  flowing than tulle.
  • Satin                : heavy and smooth with a high sheen on one side.
  • Shantung     : Similar to a raw silk characterized by its rough/nubby texture.
  • Taffeta             : Crisp and smooth with a slight rib.
  • Tulle                 : Netting(just like ballerina tutus)

Train Length

sweep
court
panel
watteau
chapel
cathedral

Sleeves

sleeveless
short-sleeve
long-sleeve
cap-sleeve
three-quarter
straps
strapless
spaghetti
aline

An A-Line, or princess gown, is fitted at the bodice and gently flares wider toward the bottom, creating a flared skirt that resembles an “A” shape. A-Line gowns are quite popular as they are universally flattering for most body types.

mermaid

A Mermaid gown is fitted and curve hugging from the chest all the way to the knee and then flares out dramatically to the hem, resembling a fish tail. Mermaid gowns are perfect for brides with an hourglass figure wanting to accentuate their curves.

ballgown

A Ball Gown is fitted at the bodice with a very full skirt. A ball gown is a very traditional gown – Think Cinderella! Ball gowns are great for brides who are pear-shaped, as they highlight the waist and minimise the lower body. Note of caution: The full skirt can be overwhelming on ladies with a petite frame.

trumpet

Trumpet gowns fit closely to the body until mid-hip, then gradually widen to the hem, resembling the mouth of a trumpet. A trumpet gown adds curves on a straight figure and further accentuates curves on a fuller figure.

sheath

A Sheath dress is a sleek gown that hugs the contours of the body. The narrow shape of the gown flows straight from the neckline to the hem with no defined waist. Sheath gowns are ideal on lean frames, such as petites, as well as women with hour glass figures wanting to show off their curves.

tealength

This generally refers to any style that fits throughout the bodice and kicks out at the skirt, cutting off at the knee. Flattering for most brides and adds a touch of ‘retro’ to your wedding day.

empire

EMPIRE WAIST

The Empire waist sits right below the bustline, with the skirt flowing down loosely beneath it. They hide the tummy of the bride and draw the attention upward. Empire waist dresses emphasize the bust, so they’re good for the small-chested but aren’t the best choice for the large-chested.

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BASQUE WAIST

Popular with structured ball gowns, the Basque waist consists of two angled seams that form a triangle, pointing downward. Full-figured brides with lots of curves look great in Basque waist dresses. They minimize the hips and bring balance to a full hourglass figure.

natural

NATURAL WAIST

A natural waistline sits just at the bride’s waist, just above her hips. Practically every body type looks good in a natural waistline dress, as it emphasizes the natural hourglass figure. A natural waistline also de-emphasizes height in tall brides by visually dividing them in half. Those who have apple figures (larger in the middle) will want to choose another waistline.

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ASYMMETRICAL WAIST

The term “asymmetrical” comprises a variety of modern waistlines that buck tradition. Instead of being straight horizontal seams, asymmetrical seams run diagonally across the dress. The cut, style, and fabric of the dress must all work together in order to pull this type of waistline off, but done correctly it can be very flattering for a variety of body types.

drop

DROP WAIST

A drop waist sits several inches below your natural waistline, creating the illusion of a longer torso. Those who are short-waisted can achieve a look of balance with a drop waist, but those with an already long waist or those who are extremely petite might look too stretched-out in a drop waist wedding gown.

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NO WAISTLINE(Princess Seam)

Princess line dresses have no seam running across the body, and it’s shape is created by sewing together long vertical strips of fabric. A princess line dress usually follows one’s curves along the sides of the bodice, to the natural waistline, and will then flare at the hips. As long as a princess seam dress is fitted correctly it will flatters most body types.

square

Square necklines have gained popularity in recent years. Their geometric shape – three lines at right angles that form a square – is a modern and flattering alternative to traditional necklines. Square necks look especially good on brides with rounded facial shapes.

sweetheart

The sweetheart neck is similar to a square neck but it is scalloped at the bottom, giving the rounded appearance of a heart. Because of its romantic symbolism the sweetheart neckline is an extremely popular choice for weddings. Almost any bride can pull off this neckline, but its soft curves especially complement angular facial features and bone structures.

boat

Bateau neck wedding dresses have a narrow, wide slot for the neck which is very modern and chic. Bateau necklines flatter brides with slender necks and narrow shoulders, but emphasize wide necks and shoulders.

scoop

The U-shaped scoop neck varies in depth, from conservative to scandalous, but one that falls no more than 6 inches below the collarbone generally covers the garments. The rounded shape of the scoop neckline can be used to balance out a more linear or angular face. Full-figured brides or brides with wide faces look great in scoop necks, but brides with long necks or thin faces should avoid them.

jewel

Jewel necks are circular and fit fairly tightly around the neck. They are more often seen in casual wear than in bridal gowns, but they work with certain types of wedding dresses. Since the jewel neck hugs the neck fairly closely, they work best for slender necks and should be avoided by brides with wide necks or broad shoulders.

v-neck

V-necks are classic necklines and look good on almost anyone. They are generally seen in casual wear, but V-necks are a wonderful choice to visually “lengthen out” the features of brides who have short necks or faces. They are also generally a good choice for someone with a rounded, softer face.

surplice

The surplice neckline forms a V shape with one side overlapping the other. A surplice wedding dress with frog closures lining the overlapping hem looks very exotic. The surplice neckline balances round facial features and adds length to the face and neck. It is a very popular neckline for women’s formalwear, and it’s easy to find surplice bridesmaids’ dresses to complement the bride’s gown.

one-shoulder

A flirty asymmetrical neckline showcases the femininity of the collarbone and gives a classic dress an updated look.The one-shoulder neckline is a pretty, feminine style that allows for a lot of design flexibility. Whether it’s linear or curved, combined with a sleeve, sweetheart, ruffles, gathering, bows, oversized knots or a necktie, the asymmetrical look of this style will always be in vogue.

hatter

A Halter Wedding Dress is a wonderfully designed dress with a single non-broken strap that wraps around the back of your neck and creates a V-shaped cleavage line in the front. The bottom of the dress cascades beautifully down the length of your leg and strokes the ground with the softest of touches.The dress makes the bride look sensual, invigorated and appealing .