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Pick the Perfect Wedding Gown Shape For Your Shape


For every bride, one of the most thrilling parts of the wedding planning is choosing her bridal gown. There is nothing quite like slipping into a fabulous gown and realizing that you have found “the one”. Of course, it can take a lot of trial and error to get to that point. Let this handy guide minimize the guesswork of wedding gown shopping and help you pick the perfect wedding gown shape for your shape.

Column or Sheath: This is the most narrow wedding gown silhouette, and accordingly it is best suited to brides who are slender. Column gowns often feature empire waists which hit just under the bustline, with straight skirts which go straight down without a flare. Sheath dresses tend to be made of more clingy fabrics than column gowns and are the sexiest of all the wedding dress silhouettes. Both shapes are very flattering for petite brides, as they are elongating. Brides who are pear shaped or top heavy would be wise to choose a different style.

Princess: Princess seams go straight down the front of the gown. They may flow from an empire waist, or come all the way down from the top of the bodice. The waistline of the bridal gown might be defined by a trim or simply by the cut of the dress. This is an extremely flattering line for many women, as it makes the legs look a mile long, yet has a more forgiving skirt than a column gown. Petite brides will love the lengthening effect of princess seams and brides will thicker torsos will find that this shape is flattering to their waistlines. There is almost no one who cannot wear the princess shape.

A-line: Like the princess, the A-line gown is extremely flattering to virtually every figure. The A-line refers to the shape of the skirt, which is of a medium fullness, and has a silhouette which resembles the letter A: nipped in at the waist, gently flared over the hips, and fuller at the hemline. A-line skirts can be paired with natural waists or drop waists, which adds to their versatility. They are a great choice for pear shaped brides, petite brides, tall brides (especially with a drop waist), and any bride who wants a gown which has some fullness, but not too much.

Ballgown: The ballgown is the most traditional and the fullest of the wedding gown shapes. They generally feature very fitted bodices and very full skirts. The skirt will be supported by a petticoat or crinoline and is magnificent for a formal wedding. The full cut of a ballgown skirt may be created by gathering or pleating at the top of the skirt to increase the fullness. Wonderful for a fairy princess style wedding, the ballgown is ideal for brides who love to dress up with lots of crystal bridal jewelry and long veils. On the other hand, if your wedding is less formal, this can simply be too much dress. Petite brides should be careful about ballgowns, as they can end up being swallowed up by too much fabric.

Mermaid or Trumpet: Brides who really want to make a dramatic entrance adore the trumpet shape bridal gown. Very fitted through the bodice and into a very low dropped waist, the skirt then flares out dramatically at the low hip or just above the knee. This shape is very striking and works well with bold accessories like crystal bridal jewelry and long cascade bouquets. Tall brides with well-balanced hourglass figures can really rock a mermaid gown, but petite or pear shaped brides should steer clear of this somewhat challenging shape.

Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, fashion, and trends. Let the friendly staff at http://www.silverlandjewelry.com/ help you select the perfect crystal bridal jewelry for your wedding.

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