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The 5 basic wedding gown styles


Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her special day, but finding the perfect dress may cause much unwanted stress. Knowing the five basic wedding gown silhouettes can make this process much smoother.

  1. Sheath- This silhouette is favored by petite brides or brides with a thin frame. The sheath gown usually contours the body from top to bottom. This silhouette is perfect for those who favor less bulky gowns.
  2. A-line- Being one of the more popular styles, this silhouette contours the upper body and continues to flare out in an "A" shape as it reaches the floor. This silhouette is flattering for most body types because it enhances the curves of the upper body while masking the lower body.
  3. Mermaid- This style is usually favored by brides who have an hourglass figure because it hugs the upper and lower body and usually flares out around the mid thigh or knee area. This style is also known as the trumpet silhouette.
  4. Empire- This style is reminiscent of Grecian gowns. There is usually a seam below the bust where the skirt falls to the floor without much flare. This style is great for petite or tall and slender brides.
  5. Ball-gown- This silhouette is similar to the A-line and the only difference is that the skirt is much fuller. Petite brides should avoid this style because it may look overwhelming. This style works best for tall and slender brides who have narrow hips because it creates a hourglass look.


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