Women usually find it difficult choosing a wedding dress for their wedding, especially when they do not have any idea about wedding gowns. Wedding gowns do come in different sizes, styles, color and shapes.
A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants.
Choosing a wedding dress silhouette usually depends on the bride, as many are of the believe that the groom must not see his bride in her wedding dress until the wedding day. This they believe is a bad omen and many strictly adhere to it across the globe.
As a woman, you might have already pictured a particular wedding dress somewhere which you intend wearing the same style on your ‘big day’, or you may have seen it somewhere but doesn’t know the name.
Of course, wedding dresses have names as well as their trains, but today, we would like to highlight more on the dresses so as to help you choose your style with ease. The wedding trains and their names would be treated in our subsequent posts. You don’t have to choose a particular dress style because it looked good on your friend or sister on her wedding. Let’s not forget that, women come in different shapes and sizes. For this reason, experts are of the view that a woman must know her body type and shape in order to choose a befitting wedding dress.
Basically, women are classified into 5 body types which I’ll just quickly highlight on below;
- Apple (triangle downwards) This body shape describes a person who has broader shoulders and bust than they do hips.
- Banana, or straight (rectangular)
- Pear, spoon, or bell (triangle upwards)
- Hourglass (triangles opposing, facing inwards)
Read on ‘Five Female Body Types for better understanding of women body types.
Below are the various wedding dress styles with pictures for better understanding;
If you want to feel like a fairy tale princess on your wedding day, then the best dress to go for is the ballgown also known as princess gown. Wedding dresses with ball gown silhouettes often feature fitted top and full skirts made with tulle. These types of gowns are said to look good on most body types as the full skirt flatters all shapes and sizes.
The Trumpet Silhouette is a style of gown that features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips. Just as the name suggests, the gradual glare of a trumpet dress’ skirt resembles the shape of the musical trumpet’s bell. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites. Not good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.
A line wedding dresses are fitted to the waist and then flow naturally to the floor. The Knot can help you find an a line wedding dress in many different fabrics, including lace, silk, organza, and more. Ideal for all body types.
Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. This type of gown is Ideal for all body types. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut.
These are designed in such way that the seam runs vertically from the shoulders down to the hips. They are meant to flatter the bride’s body. Sheath dresses that are made from chiffon are especially a darling of many brides who want to accentuate their figure and appear remarkable. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.
Also known as a fishtail, a mermaid wedding dress is closely fitted in the bodice all the way down to the knee, where it dramatically flares out – you’ll find that the skirt on gowns described as ‘trumpet’ or ‘fit-and-flare’ starts higher up, typically from either the mid-hip or thigh. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for apples and plus size body types.
Tea length wedding dresses often give brides a vintage style and feature a skirt that falls below the knee and above the ankle. They come in a variety of fabrics and necklines and can be dressed up or down to fit any type of wedding style. they are ideal for all body types.
Skirt falls above the knee. Ideal for bananas. Not good for plus sizes.
So ladies, I’m sure this article is of enough help to you in choosing your wedding dress. Remember, it’s your ‘special day’ and you must look stunning in that dress. For the guys, you might want to send a signal to your lady with the type of dress you’ll want her to rock in on that day.
Peace Agyare loves to write and is addicted to reading. She is a staff at Ghaflagh.com. A well bred journalist with a flair for entertainment, society and arts. She loves covering events and reporting personalities for the public consumption. My articles may aspire or piss you off depending on your stance on the issue. Remember, opinions are like noses and at the end of it we’re all entitled to our opinions.
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