After years in the industry, I have found that by the time a bride starts her rounds of bridal appointments, she pretty much knows has a vision and knows what silhouette she is looking for.
In case you haven’t had much time to do your research, that’s okay! Allow us to educate you on silhouettes and offer a few options in our boutique the fit the bill!
There are 4 main silhouettes and small iterations within each.
These gowns typically have little to no structure and are made of soft materials that flow over the body. Wedding gowns made in this silhouette might be made of fabrics such as silk charmeuse, crepe, and lace. While sheath gowns are slim in nature, they offer just enough support for your bust and graze softly over the form of your body.
The second silhouette we should consider would be the fit & flare or mermaid. In both of these styles, the gown is intended to accentuate those bombshell curves you may be blessed with or even give the illusion of great shape. Typically, these gowns are corseted in the bodice with a slightly thicker fabrication to give you the “snatched” look. In both cases, fit and flare and mermaids are fitted through the hips. Here is where the difference occurs. The fit & flare gown is fitted through the mid-thigh with a more subtle taper, while a mermaid gown is typically fitted through the knee and a lot more of a dramatic flare.
The silhouette true to fairytale weddings, these gowns have a fitted bodice and dramatically fully skirt. What we love about ballgowns is the fact that you’ll likely never get to wear a gown this full again, ever. Ballgowns help accentuate your smallest measurement, your waist, and offer lots of movement with the fuller skirt.
Our Zuhair Murad Romy gown & Monique Lhuillier Alexandra gown are two great examples of the classic ball gown silhouette. Both gowns are made with a horsehair construction for volume, but offers a lightness as there are not very many layers in the skirt. While these two gowns are the same shape, a slight difference occurs in the waistline.
The Romy gown is a natural waist ball gown and the fullness starts at your waistline. Conversely, the Alexandra gown is a dropped waist ballgown. This will elongate the torso and the fullness starts at the top of the hips.
Our last silhouette to discuss is the A-line. A-line gowns are a softer version of the classic ballgown and are just as the name describes, shaped like the letter A. Gowns with the A-line silhouette are often fitted through the top and waist but are a but less full then ball gowns. These gowns are typically ethereal and romantic and can even be made in a fabric that overs lots of movement!
There are two variations of this that should be noted. One is a softer, less structure, more movement in the skirt fabric. This is typically caused by the pleats in the waistline and fits like a ballgown with less volume.
Our Alex by Lihi Hod gown is an v-neck a-line that is fitted through the bodice into the natural waist. With a less structured pleated skirt, the tiered lace gives tons of movement. Our Davis gown By Alyne, Rita Vineries, is a soft a-line with a tulle skirt and plenty of volume with a layers.
The second variation of an aline is the modified A-line. A modified aline has a natural waist seam but is not as prominent and gently tapers to a less full skirt alongside the hips.
Our Mira Zwillinger Helena gown is a more traditional variation of an a-line. This gown has no pleats in the waist, offering less movement in the skirt and the fabric lays more flat. Same goes for our Amalfi gown by Isabelle Armstrong.
Whichever silhouette you decide on, note unless a gown is made to your 14+ measurements, all gowns will require some alterations.
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