What silhouette is best for your body shape?

Of course you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day and confidently walk down the aisle with all eyes on you and the beautiful gown that fits perfectly.  This task, however, can be the most daunting one for a soon to be bride.   You have found “the one” you want to spend the rest of your life with, now it’s time to find “the one” that will take his breath away when he sees you as his wife.  Walking into a store with hundreds of gowns without a clue where to start can be overwhelming, so let’s talk about what may look good on you and your body shape.  

Most women can relate to one of these four shapes Banana, Apple, Pear, or Hourglass.  Depending on which shape fits your body, different dress silhouettes can help accentuate your most flattering features and draw attention away from your problem areas.   The 6 essential dress silhouettes are the Ball Gown, Mermaid, Trumpet, Sheath Gown, A-line, and Empire Line.  Having a little knowledge can go a long way searching for your perfect dress!  Here is the 411!

The Ball Gown is the classic dress every little girl dreams about wearing on her wedding day. This dress has a fitted bodice and extravagant full skirt.  Slender and pear shaped woman love this style because it accentuates the waist and hides the lower body.  It also looks great on women who have a fuller bust creating an hourglass look.  While this style can look amazing on most women, if you’re petite the skirt could be overwhelming and too much fabric on a smaller frame.

The Mermaid (right) and Trumpet style (left) are very similar and often are mistaken for each other.  A dress with a mermaid silhouette is very fitted all the way to the knee or below, and then flares out to the hem.  The Trumpet style dress is fitted to just below the hips and then flares out to the hem creating a semi full skirt.  Both of these styles create a sexy curvy look, and look fabulous on slender figures and voluptuous ones!  If you are a confidant gal and want to show off your curves these styles may be a perfect fit!    

The Sheath Gown is a style suited for women who want to elongate their figure.  With a close fit that contours the body, there is not a lot of room to hide any problem areas.  For women who don’t have natural curves, you may want to use a bodice or sash to create the illusion of a waistline with this type.

The A-Line is a classic style dress that looks great on all body types.  The fitted bodice to a skirt creates a perfect A shape silhouette that can hide larger lower bodies or give the illusion of curves on a straighter frame.  This type of dress is so versatile that you can hide most flaws with a simple modification!

The Empire silhouette is fitted to just below the bust with a skirt that flows down to the hem.  Smaller busted women love this style dress because it creates an illusion of a larger bust drawing attention to the neckline and bust area.  This dress style can be ideal for most brides like the A-line but can be especially great for pear shaped woman or anyone who wants to hide lower body flaws.  Having an idea of what silhouette would look gorgeous on your body will always help point you in the right direction of your dream gown!  And OF COURSE The Bridal Boutique of NC is here to help you find the perfect dress for your big day!