Bridal dress shopping can be quite the dilemma; the abundance of options to choose from makes it a rather exhaustive experience. The most confusing part can actually be deciding what type of dress to wear. Of course dresses range in design and shape but there are actually specific names for the different dress styles. These names help classify them for bridal boutiques and designers but can sound like hodgepodge to the average buyer. Fear not! This is where OH BRIDES comes in to school you on all the different silhouettes and what could work best for you.

Silhouettes

Fit and Flare/Trumpet– this silhouette is fitted throughout the bodice and flares out at mid-thigh.

trumpet

Isabelle Armstrong

Ballroom/Princess– this dress is fits snug throughout the chest/tummy area but flares out into a full skirt at the waistline. Think Cinderella

ballroom

Isabelle Armstrong

 

Tea-length– Normal bodice with hemline that falls between the knee and ankle. Think 1950s poodle skirt.

poodle

Ines Di Santo

 

Mini– Hemline falls above the knee.

mini

Ines Di Santo

 

Modified A-line– this style fits snug throughout the bodice and hip area yet flares toward the hemline forming an “A” shape; providing a much narrower fit than the traditional A line.

modified

Reem Acra

A-Line-tailor made bodice with a skirt that flows to the ground a little bit after the waistline forming an “A” shape.

a line

Monique Lhuillier

 

Mermaid– fitted from chest to thigh area with a skirt that flows outward after the knee.

mermaid

Alfred Angelo

 

Sheath– tapered from chest area to the hemline providing a narrow silhouette.

sheath

Monique Lhuillier

Empire-waist-high waist design with fabric overlay under the breast area that hugs midsection.

empire

Badgley Mischka

Necklines

Sweetheart– heart shaped neckline that emphasizes cleavage

sweetheart

Alfred Angelo

Halter/high-neck– single strap that wraps around the nape of the neck either creating a v neck shape revealing cleavage or covers up the chest area entirely

high neck

Badgley Mischka