The Must Know-Wedding Gown Glossary

Wedding gown

You can avoid wasting time and money on the wrong gown by consulting this wedding gown glossary before any purchase.

A-line Evening gown


What it is: Flares out gently from the shoulder creating a subtle A shape.

Looks best on: Almost anyone.

Stylist note: An A-line gown is great for enhancing small busts, and for slimming larger hips. It is flattering on everyone. Additionally, the gown is not so huge as to be uncomfortable or a burden on a warm day or at an outdoor wedding.

Ballgown Wedding gown


What it is: Fitted bodice with a full, bell-shaped, floor-length skirt. Usually reserved for more formal weddings.

Looks best on: Tall brides and brides who are heavier on bottom than on top.

Stylist note: Ballgowns really show off a small waist. They are wonderful for formal weddings, but be sure the folks doing the alterations install a strong and sturdy bustle.

Empire Wedding gown


What it is: The empire waistline starts just below the bust and the rest of the gown drops straight down.

Looks best on: Short-waisted women, tall thin women, heavy-set women with apple shapes — it will create a slimming effect.

Stylist note: For women with an apple shape, look for the gowns with an empire waist and pair them with a bra that offers a good lift.

Mermaid Evening gown


What it is: Modern, sleek style hugs your body to the hips and then flares out at the knee.

Looks best onTall women and shapely, curvy women with hourglass or petite figures.

Stylist note: Fitted gowns are great for women with hourglass shapes because they accentuate your natural curves.

Sheath Evening gown


What it is: Modern, sleek and simple style that hugs all your curves. 

Looks best onVery tall or very petite brides or brides with an hourglass figure.

Stylist note: Sheath gowns really can show off a tall bride’s height. They are great for warm weather weddings or for outdoor venues.

Hope the tips help while you are picking your dream gown!

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