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Wedding Gown Styles!

 Every girl dreams of her wedding day right from when she is little. Having the perfect wedding gown is like a dream come true for every bride. Here are some gown styles and tips on how to select the gown, which suits your body structure.

Ball Gown

Ball gown for wedding

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Ball gowns comprise of a fitted bodice and a full skirt. They are either in one piece or separates. These gowns look very formal and are perfect for traditional style weddings. They can support various necklines and sleeve lengths. You can choose to go for a portrait neck with full sleeves if you want to be covered and yet look beautiful or if you want a more dramatic look you can opt for a strapless gown and pair it with opera length gloves. For a more simple and elegant look you can select a sleeveless, scooped neck bodice that flows all the way to the ground.

Trains go very well with ball gowns. Whether it is a cathedral length train or a brush length train the skirt can balance the weight thereby making it look charming.  Satin with chiffon overlays create a lovely silhouette and intricate lace or bead detailing on bodice with a fluffy layered skirt makes it like a fairy tale gown. This type of gown is most recommended for slender or pear-shaped figures.

A-line/ Princess cut

Strap wedding dress

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The A-line gown, also known as the princess gown, is well fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase A. This style can be donned at both traditional as well as contemporary style of wedding. It can support any kind of neckline and the length can be altered based on the bride’s choice. Also you can choose from a range of fabrics depending on what finish you prefer. If you want a free flowing gown, charmeuse silk is the best option as it will allow the fabric to fall naturally and create a soft feminine silhouette. If you want a more structured look you need to go for a heavier fabric like satin. This style creates an illusionary slimming effect as it focuses on the length. A princess cut will suit all body types except for women who do not have a defined waistline.

Empire Waist

Empire gowns for wedding

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Empire gowns have a raised waistline which sits just below the bust and the rest of the dress flows down to the hem from there. This style is very versatile and goes well with a square neckline and wide set straps or sleeves. A combination of fabrics such as a brocade bodice with a satin skirt would go well with this style. The most preferred fabric for this style is silk chiffon and it is most suited for short women with a trim figure.

Column Dress


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The column dress, commonly known as sheath, is narrow and flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. The look of it will change depending on the style of the neckline and length of the sleeves. The column dress looks very elegant in a strapless style and is appropriate for all kind of weddings. Fabrics such as light silk or satin bring out the best in this style. If you want the shape to be distinct, you must select a heavier fabric such as damask. This style looks best on lean figures whether tall or short. One thing which you must be careful of when you select this style is if it is too well fitted it may restrict the wearer’s movement. You can fix this by having pleats or gathering in the back of the dress.


Mermaid dress Anais-Collezioni

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This style of dress is well fitted from the chest to the knee and then flares out like a fish cut. This is also a very versatile style and can support any kind of neckline and sleeve length. Also there can be variations in the style of the skirt. It can vary from round to trumpet or flamenco. If you want a slip style dress, the most recommended fabric would be silk or satin. In case you want a constructed shape, stiff fabrics or heavier silks may be recommended. This style goes well with a slim body type.

Author: Candice | Posted on: October 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Posted under: Beauty & Style, Fashion, Wedding Clothes | Bookmark the permalink | Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL

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