Top 5 Most Popular Wedding Gown Silhouettes


Every bride is beautiful on her wedding day, and you will be no exception! Enjoy shopping for your gown ... it will be the experience of a lifetime.


Whether you are dreaming of a ball gown in white silk and tulle or a simple, elegant A-line dress, don't make the final decision before you've determined the style, season, time of day, and site for your wedding.


According to a recent survey, the top 5 most popular wedding gown silhouettes are:

  • 29% A-Line

  • 15% Princess

  • 14% Ball Gown

  • 12% Mermaid/Sheath

  • 6% Empire

Other silhouettes chosen by respondents included: Baby Doll, Basque Waist, Dropped Waist, Natural Waist, Sheath, Trumpet, and Two-Piece.


Understanding the Silhouettes

The typical A-Line silhouette has seams starting at the bust or shoulders and flowing down to a flared skirt. The top of the dress gracefully blends into the skirt. It gets it name from the "A" shape, small at the top and larger (flared) at the bottom. The Princess silhouette is typically an A-Line with a tightly fitted bodice area. Traditionally, princess gowns are strapless, however many of the newer Princess gowns have some form of strap.


The ball gown silhouette is similar to the A-Line, only it has a much fuller skirt and typically features a full bodice that is distinctly separate from the skirt. The Sheath or Mermaid silhouette closely follows the line of your body, hence the nickname "mermaid". The Empire is high-waisted with a scoop neck and typically has a slimmer skirt. This style is reminiscent of Jackie O.

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Now that we know the basic silhouettes, lets take a look at which ones work for each body style.


The Perfect Hour-Glass Figure
Okay, so you've got a figure even Marylin Monroe would be envious of!
Do consider... A nice A-Line gown paired with a v-neck or scoop-neck to fully flatter your figure.

Think twice about... an Empire silhouette which may hide your figure or make it look disporportioned. A ball-gown may work if the skirt isn't overly full, but watch that it doesn't over accentuate your bottom half.


Short Waisted and Petite Figures
Do consider... an A-Line gown to elongate your waist and make you appear taller. Since the top of the dress gently blends into the flared skirt, it gives a long and lean look.
Think twice about... a ball gown. The ball gown may simply swallow you whole. You want everyone to see YOU walk down the aisle -- not a big gown with a person hidden in it!
Tall and Thin
Do consider... a ball gown. You will look like an absolute Princess walking down the aisle. Also consider a Sheath silhouette - there aren't too many of us who can get away with wearing them. If you've got it, we suggest you flaunt it!

Think twice about... well ... we really can't think of a style that you wouldn't look great in!

Pear Shaped
Do consider... a gown that will draw attention to the upper half of your body. The Silhouette isn't quite as important as the neckline you select. The idea is to flatter your shoulders and chest while drawing focus away from your hips.

Think twice about... the mermaid silhouette ... for obvious reasons.


Full Figure and Plus Size
Do consider... a ball gown or A-Line gown. The ball gown is full and will hide many figure problems in the lower areas. An A-Line will flatter practically any figure.


Think twice about... mermaid silhouettes, thin straps, and sleeveless gowns. Instead, focus on drawing attention to your best features. Wear short or long sleeves to cover upper arm troubles and consider a scoop or v-neck to flatter your chest and neck.

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2 comments:

Austin Weddings said...

Great tips on choosing a gown that not only enhances your figure but also emphasizes and flatters! Thanks!

Perfectweddingdressfinder said...

I like the survey information. You can see why the a-line style would be so popular, since it is complimentary to all figure types.