Wedding Dress Styles: Find a Style That Looks Great On You

It’s difficult for all brides to look the same, because there are so many different wedding dress styles for them to choose from. A bride’s wedding day look will be created by picking out a wedding dress with both a silhouette and neckline that flatters her figure. Wedding dress styles come in a number of combinations of silhouettes matched with necklines. This means that a bride with almost any type of body shape will be able to find a dress that looks good on her.

Let’s start by looking at the most common silhouettes. Wedding dress styles usually fall into these five categories.

A-Line Dress
Also known as the Princess dress, this is one of the most popular traditional wedding dress styles. The waist is defined with a fitted bodice and the rest of the dress flows out, usually to the ground. This simple silhouette looks good on almost any figure.

Empire Dress
The thing that defines an empire dress is its high waistline which is located right under the bust. The bottom half of the dress can either be a-line or something much more fitted. It is recommended for a petite bride, because it gives the illusion of an elongated body or for a bride who would rather cover up than define her waist.

Ball Gown Dress
This type of traditional wedding dress has a fitted bodice and a very full skirt that is typically floor length. Brides with pear shaped bodies should choose this style to define the waist and hide their curvier bottom.

Sheath Dress
This narrow shaped dress hugs and shows off every curve. It looks great long or short, and is perfect for a bride who is well proportioned and likes to show off her feminine figure.

Mermaid Dress
This type of wedding dress is also narrow and form fitting, but flares out below the knee. It accentuates a woman’s hips so a bride who chooses this type of dress has to be very comfortable with her curves.

Now we look at some of the common necklines. Wedding dress styles can be broken down into the following:

Strap
A classic neckline for a traditional wedding dress where straps are in place on either side of the shoulder, holding up the dress. It looks good with almost any body shape.

Strapless
This type of dress exposes all of the shoulders and arm without any straps to hold the dress up. It’s a good look for bustier women and women with beautiful collarbones or shoulders.

Sweetheart
The shape of this neckline looks like the top of a heart, it can either be worn with or without straps. It’s a very feminine look, drawing attention to the chest and elongates the neck.

Halter
This type of neckline has straps, but instead of being on the sides of the shoulder, they are wrapped and tied in the back. It’s an excellent choice for women with slightly broader shoulders.

V-Neck/Plunging
Like the name implies, the neckline here is shaped to resemble the letter V, showing off a bit of cleavage in the front. Women who aren’t afraid to be a little revealing should try this neckline.

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