Let's Talk About "The Dress"

Before you go boldly into the Bridal Salon and begin the hunt for the perfect dress – it helps to have an idea of the styles available and the body types they flatter.

A-Line: The dress flairs out slightly beginning at the natural waist. The silhouette of the dress almost resembles the shape of the capital letter ‘A’.
Works Well With:
This style flatters almost every body type. 

Ball Gown Style

Ball Gown:This is considered the traditional wedding dress silhouette. It features a fitted bodice and a full skirt that begins at the natural waist.
Works Well With:
Flattering on bride’s of average height and brides with hour-glass or full-figures. This style works well at giving the bride a small waist.

Ballerina: This style is much like the ball gown only shorter – rather than floor length, it brushes the ankles. Its considered a more “retro” look, but can also evoke Old Hollywood Glamour as well.
Works Well With: This style is best pulled off by taller brides.

Empire Style

Column/Sheath: Sleek and straight best describes the sheath dress, which is sometimes referred to as a column dress. When made a light, delicate fabric, this style is great for a summer or destination wedding.
Works Well With: This is a great choice for tall or petite slender bride.

Empire: Simply put, the waistline is above your natural waist; it usually falls at the the ribcage, just under the breast line.
Works Well With: The high waist creates a long line making this a great dress for the petite bride.

Trumpet Style

Mermaid: This gown hugs all your curves. The style is fitted all the way down to just below the knee. From there, the dress flares dramatically.
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Hour glass shaped confident brides will do best in the mermaid style of dress.

Trumpet: A trumpet gown is similar to a mermaid in that it hugs all your curves. Frequently, the two names are used interchangeably, but; the trumpet is slightly different. The flare of the trumpet gown starts up a bit higher than the flare on a mermaid style.
Works Well With: This style also works best on the body confident bride as it draws attention to the bust, the waist and backside all at once.

Here are some great titles to help you better explore the styles and choices that are available.

It’s All About the Dress: Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help You Find “The One”
By Randy Fenoli
The host of “Say yes to the dress” provides tips for choosing the perfect wedding dress, including styles, fabrics, fitting, the wedding party, and time line for planning.

Quest for the Dress: Finding Your Dream Gown Without Losing Your Sanity, Friends or Groom
By Nancy Di Fabbio
This guidebook for the bride includes tips on creating a game plan for the wedding before making any plans, choosing shopping companions carefully, finding the right accessories and the perfect headpiece and veil, a crash course in fashion and fabric, avoiding alteration problems, and caring for a dress after the big day.

Down that Aisle in Style:  A Wedding Guide for Full-Figured Women
By Chamein Canton
This book focuses on the resources, advice and encouragement (generously mixed with photographs of beautiful full-figured women) that will help all women to plan one of the most important days of their lives — their wedding day.

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