The Ultimate Wedding Gown Guide
Sometimes, knowing what wedding dress will flatter your figure can be confusing. So, today, we want to talk wedding gowns for every shape and size. We’ve broken down the information by silhouette and neckline to help you figure out which would look best on you!
These gowns are fitted at the bodice, but gently flare wider toward the bottom. The shape usually resembles the letter “A.” Go figure! These dresses are great because they’re flattering on most body types.
The Ball Gown:
This is a long, formal dress silhouette that is fitted at the bodice but includes a very full skirt. The great thing about the ball gown is that it is forgiving in the mid-section, and can hide the hips and legs.
The waistline on the empire gown is above the natural waistline, but can be as high as right below the bust, making it the perfect dress for the women who have smaller busts or petite figures. The dress gently flares wider past the waistline, as well.
This is a figure-hugging silhouette with a straight skirt. There is no defined waistband, and the skirt usually ends mid-calf. In fact, these dresses can be even shorter than that.
This silhouette fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee, and flares out to the hem from there. This style is best on hourglass body shapes.
The Bateau: This neckline follows the curve of your collarbone to the tip of your shoulders
The Cowl: This neckline is floppy and loose, and often drapes below your collarbone.
The Dipped Neckline: Not to be confused with the sweetheart neckline, this design offers a slight curve and it is often found on strapless dresses.
The Plunging Neckline: This is a deep v-neck that is often very revealing.
The Halter: This neckline straps around the back of the neck where it often meets a closure of some kind.
The Portrait: This is a wider neckline with straps or sleeves of some kind resting on the tips of your shoulder blades.
The Scalloped Neckline: This often looks like a seashell or a type of fan and can be found on many different types of gowns.
The Sweetheart: The top half of a heart is displayed on the top of the dress. Almost always found on a strapless dress, the sweetheart neckline is a popular choice for many brides because it offers a classic, timeless look.
The Square: This looks just like it sounds: a straight and horizontal bodice that meets with straps at a 90-degree-angle.
The Queen Ann: A less popular choice, and a little bit harder to find, this neckline features a higher collar in the back and a scoop or v-neck keyhole in the front.
So there you have it – a breakdown of all different gowns. Hopefully this helps you in your search for the perfect wedding dress for your big day!