Your engagement story leaves them awe-struck, but that’s nothing compared to how they’ll feel once they see you walking down the aisle in your dream wedding dress.

Already feeling overwhelmed with options? That’s entirely normal so it’s best to have a starting point.  Our dress experts went back to the basics to break down the mystique behind bridal gown beauty.

Ready to easily wrap your head around silhouettes and the best body type for each style? Read on!

The Silhouette:
The final choice of silhouette is the one that often surprises brides the most, since they often start looking with a certain style of dress in mind but end up falling for something completely different.

A-Line: Fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground, with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an uppercase A).

Looks Best On: Brides who want to emphasize a slim waist and draw attention away from hips.

Ballgown:  Fitted at the bodice and has a waistline that leads to a full skirt.

Looks Best On: Similar to the A-Line, the Ballgown silhouette compliments slim waists while hiding any worries about looking ‘hippy’. This silhouette commands more material, so petite brides and larger boned brides may find them harder to carry off.

Mermaid: Fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.

Looks Best On: Brides who have confidence about their curves, height and/or petite brides who want to look a littler lengthier. The mermaid silhouette won’t mask any imperfections so a bride who proudly carries herself will typically fit this style best.

Sheath: Fits very closely to the contours of the body. Has a straight skirt with no waist.

Looks Best On:  Brides who have height and well-balanced body portions (shoulder, waist, bust, hip.) The sheath also flatters petite brides as it can add to a long and lean visual effect.

Trumpet: Fits closely to the body then widens gradually to the hem (resembling the mouth of a trumpet).  Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-thigh, whereas mermaid flares below the knee.

Looks Best On: Slim brides looking to create some curves, or fuller-figure brides who like the mermaid style, but not how unforgiving it can be.

We’re lucky enough to see thousands of bridal gowns every year. What we absolutely know looks best? A bride who feels beautiful. So use these tips as a guideline, but don’t be afraid to flaunt them if you find a fit that feels right for you.

Now…go find that dress!

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