Choosing a wedding dress can be rather exciting, but on the other hand, it can also be quite stressful – you will be bombarded with seemingly hundreds of options, and add to that some confusing styles, the journey to choosing a wedding dress seems next to impossible.
But – wait, don’t worry, it’s not so hard that you have to give up – you simply need to know a few terms, and then, you can sit back and relax knowing that your choice is the right one.
What is an a-line wedding dress?
Designed to flatter all body shapes, an A-Line wedding dress is very popular – created to be fitted at the top and which then, they become wider gradually towards the bottom in the shape of the alphabet ‘A’, and hence, the name.
This shape highlights the bust while on the other hand, it slims the waist and skims over the hips. It is due to this style, that it suits women who have pear bodies, and because of the classic style, wedding dresses with this style can be paired with different necklines, waistlines, and fabrics to showcase the best features.
Will a ball gown wedding dress suit me?
Want to be classic and yet, go glam on your big day?
Opt for a ball gown wedding dress – it features a full-length style which comprises a fitted bodice and full skirt, and as such, wedding dresses in this style are a beautiful and gorgeous choice for brides who wants to feel like a princess on their wedding.
Because of the style that features a full skirt, it creates the appearance of a tiny waist, and hence, it can suit all body shapes, thus, providing the fullness of the skirt which balances the height and size of the wearer.
What about a column wedding dress?
Just like the name indicates, wedding dresses in this style are created to be slim-fitting that features a narrow and straight shape from top to bottom. This style is such that it gently hugs the body while showcasing your figure in the process.
If you want to highlight your waist and hips, then, this is the style that you should go for. When opting for this style, it’s important to remember your height – as this style flatters tall and lean body types. That said, if you have a straight body, you can still go for this style but make sure to focus on your waist – you can define it either with a waistline or sash. Moreover, you can also opt for slits if you find it hard to walk in tight dresses.
Can I go for fishtail or mermaid wedding dresses?
Just like the name suggests, wedding dresses in this style are gorgeous and glamorous – they follow the contour of the body before flaring out around the knees, and due to this style, it creates a feminine style that highlights the curves.
Wedding dresses in this style are great for brides who have hourglass figures – and if you want to have a subtle take on the fishtail wedding gown, then, you can go for a trumpet variation, that features a softer flare that begins higher up the legs.
What is an empire waist wedding dress?
Wedding dresses in this style features a raised waistline that sits just below the bust, and hence, the rest of the dress flows down to the hem.
Due to this effect, this style can lengthen the appearance of your legs while highlighting and defining your bust, and as such, this style is a perfect choice for petite brides who want to appear taller as well as brides with small busts.
That said, this style is also a great choice for pregnant brides who wants to make it down the aisle.
Now, that you have known what type of wedding dresses you should go for, but what of the necklines? Which one should you go for?
Wedding dresses with sweetheart necklines
These types of necklines are cut low, and just like the name, it is shaped like the top of a heart across the bust. Depending on one’s preferences, they can either have straps or even be strapless.
As such, this style is great for brides that have small busts as well as those with larger busts, and who want to show just a little cleavage, plus the soft curves of this neckline style makes it ideal for balancing strong facial features.
Wedding dresses with halter necklines
Wedding dresses with this neckline features a strap that sits around the neck to help hold up the top, with either a high-neck and backless design, but of course, this depends on one’s preferences.
Want to show off your shoulders and arms?
Opt for this style as it will flatter your features and add to the appearance of height to a petite frame.
Wedding dresses with V-neck necklines
The V-neck style neckline feature two diagonal lines, which form a ‘V’ shape and expose the decolletage. As for how the V-neck goes, it depends on one’s preferences, so, it’s up to you how much cleavage you want to show.
Keep in mind that while this style though reveals cleavage, the straight lines minimizes the bust’s appearance while the plunging look adds height to your look.
Wedding dresses with square necklines
Wedding dresses with this style of neckline features a straight cut bust that connects to straps at a right angle, and this, in turn, creates the three sides of a square or rectangle.
Even though this style is a bit angular, you have the option to soften its appearance by rounding off the angles for a softer look. This style is said to be best for broadening the shoulders and balancing off a round face.
Wedding dresses with off-shoulder style
You can also consider the off-shoulder style – it’s a modern look that features either straps or sleeves below the shoulder, and is a great choice to showcase your neck, collarbones, and of course, your shoulders.
Wedding dresses with one-shoulder style
Another version of the off-shoulder wedding dress can be the one-shoulder style wedding dress.
Wedding dresses with this style features either a single strap over one shoulder, and hence the name – this style is said to be beautifully feminine, plus, it can draw eyes instantly to the top of your wedding dress.