Wedding Dress 101

I remember when I first went wedding dress shopping.  The ladies at the salon were throwing around wedding dress terms at dizzing speed.  I couldn’t even understand, let alone keep it straight.   If  you are wondering as well, here is a glossary of wedding dress silhouettes to help ease the confusion.

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

A-line Wedding Dress by Alvina Valenta

A-line Wedding Dress by Alvina Valenta

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

Ball Gown Wedding Dress by Reem Acra

Ballgown Silhouette Wedding Dress by Reem Acra

 

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

Mermaid Silhouette Wedding Dress by Melissa Sweet

Mermaid Silhouette Wedding Dress by Melissa Sweet

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

Sheath Silhouette Wedding Dress by Monique Lhuillier

Trumpet: fits closely to the body until the midhip and then widens gradually to the hem – resembling the mouth of a trumpet. (Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee).

Trumpet Silhouette Wedding Dress by Ines Di Santo

Trumpet Silhouette Wedding Dress by Ines Di Santo

And if you are wondering the difference between chiffon and organza.  Or chapel vs. cathedral length trains.  Check out our Wedding Dress 101 section.

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3 Responses to Wedding Dress 101

  1. droppedwaist says:

    How about the dropped waist, empire, tea length, and princess (like an A-line but more panels) ?

    I’m sure I am missing a few more.

  2. Barbara says:

    Or necklines? Those can be just as confusing!

  3. Josie says:

    I agree – waistlines and necklines can also be super confusing. We’re working on a post for those and will add it soon!