Your wedding gown is the most memorable fashion statement you’ll ever make! We want to help you consider which silhouettes and necklines will best convey your style and flatter your figure. So we talked with Tiffany from Tiffany’s Bridal Boutique in Stevens, PA to bring you tips on choosing the best dress style for you!

​DRESS STYLES

​A-Line

​The gown follows the torso and then gracefully angles out at the waist. While this shape can complement any figure, it’s especially good for petite (the unbroken lines can make you appear taller) and full-figured (hips become less noticeable) bride.

​Trumpet

​A marriage (no pun intended!) of Mermaid and A-Line, it hugs the torso and flows outward at mid-thigh (making it less restrictive than the Mermaid) It’s a fantastic style for those with hourglass figures.

​Mermaid

​If you have a great hourglass figure, this is the style that will accent your features the most. The fit contours the body from the chest to the knee and then dramatically flares out. The only drawback is that it can be a bit restrictive when dancing.

​Sheath

​The clean lines of this classic shape lend themselves to weddings of every style. It’s the finishing touches (lace, bling, rushing, etc.) that make it traditional, formal, retro or modern. It’s a good choice for tall, slender or petite brides.

Ball gown

​Cinderella defines this fairy-tale look that begins with a fitted bodice/waistline and ends with a full skirt. The style complements nearly every shape; the only exception is the petite bride, whose stature may be overwhelmed by the full skirt.

​Goddess

​The updated version of empire styling is perfect for more casual affairs (a beach wedding, perhaps). The preferred fabric, chiffon, flows from under the bustling to provide an ethereal look. This style is a good choice for tall, slender or petite brides.

​NECKLINES

​In addition to the style of the dress you choose, the proper neckline can accent your best features and help you feel secure in your gown. Use our guide so you know what necklines to try and how to ask for them at the bridal salon.

​Sweetheart

​The Sweetheart dips in the middle, creating a heart-shaped design that’s especially complementary to brides with fuller busts.

​Straight

​Simple and clean, this neckline is commonly seen on strapless gowns and complements brides with small chests and shoulders.

​Portrait

​It covers the shoulders but takes a Sweetheart shape over the bust. A good choice for brides with fuller chests.

​V-Neck

​This flattering neckline (good for B or C cups) can be as demure or daring as you’d like! It’s also a style that lends itself to sleeves.

​Scoopneck

​This classic, U-shaped neckline flatters brides with all types of figures and bust sizes. It also pairs well with a variety of necklaces.

 

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