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How to choose a wedding dress that will draw attention to strengths and conceal imperfections of your appearance and match the concept of the wedding? We have made a compilation of rules and tips that would help brides who feel overwhelmed by the variety of styles, designs, and colors.

Styles of Wedding Dresses

Before choosing a wedding dress, think of the theme of the event and the desired look. Plus, take into account the season: it’s better to choose a dress from thicker fabrics that might go with a cape for colder fall and winter weather, while loose-fitting airy dresses are more comfortable for the warm season.

Even if you have a clear idea of your dream wedding dress, try on several variants. The result might surprise you!

Classic Style or Princess Gown

A ballgown, a timeless classic, has a dramatic full skirt that flares out from the waist or the hips. The silhouette of the skirt can be reinforced with hoops, crinoline, or multiple layers. A classic wedding dress often comes with a train.

This dress is perfect for a dream wedding ceremony inspired by movies and fairytales. It will also be appropriate at a large celebration in the vintage, retro, Victorian, or romantic style.

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A-Line Dress

The silhouette of A-line dresses resembles the letter ‘A’. The skirt starts from the high waistline and gradually gets fuller, creating a fragile and minimalistic silhouette. The main feature of such an outfit is its elegance.

This wedding dress type is versatile and suitable for modest or grand ceremonies and celebrations in various styles: classic, romantic, retro, rustic, and others.

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Mermaid

A mermaid dress contours the body before flaring out at the thighs or knees, which creates a silhouette resembling a fishtail, hence the name. The skirt keeps its shape thanks to a cascade of ruffles, draping, and the train. The mermaid silhouette fits different wedding styles and types of ceremony.

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Straight Silhouette

A straight wedding dress has a more rectangular and elongated silhouette without sharp transitions. Thanks to its reserved and simple look, it is appropriate for any wedding.

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Empire/Greek Style

This silhouette resembles the outlines of ancient Greek statues: soft lines, draping, and a high waist. It is most suitable for romantic, French, sea- or eco-themed weddings.

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Short Dress

In the past, brides gravitated towards floor-length dresses. Nowadays, they feel free to choose various types of dresses, be it a short sheath dress, a full midi skirt in the Dior style, or a daring retro from the 1920s, as contemporary trends offer many unusual options. If you opt for a short dress, keep in mind that the shorter the skirt, the higher the neckline and the simpler the bodice. Such outfits go well with the vintage style or themed wedding parties, and are a perfect option for the second day.

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Convertible Wedding Dresses

These are dresses with a high-low skirt or convertible dresses from several pieces. In such models, the upper layers of the skirt, the train, or the sleeves can be removed – and the dress will transform into an airier and more open outfit.

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Fabrics for Wedding Dresses

Fabrics for wedding dresses are divided into thick and thin, natural and synthetic. More often, one dress is made of several fabrics.

If you like dresses with a firm shape and a clear silhouette, we recommend going for thicker and firmer materials:

  • satin
  • mikado
  • twill
  • gakkard
  • taffeta
  • tulle
  • hayal tulle.

For a softer and lighter look, choose delicate flowing fabrics:

  • silk
  • chiffon
  • lace
  • guipure.

If you prefer a more relaxed and casual style, go with natural materials, for example, linen or cotton. They are pleasant to the touch, let the skin breathe, but get crumpled fast.

Wedding Dresses for Different Body Types

How to find a dress for your body type? Let’s discuss the five body types and find out which one is yours.

1. Hourglass. This is a figure with a thin waist and prominent bust and hips. Any silhouette flatters this body type. If you are a fan of eccentric outfits, choose a mermaid dress. It hugs the figure, accentuating all your natural curves.

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2. Triangle or pear. With this shape, the shoulders are narrower than the hips. To balance them out, choose a full dress that accentuates the waist. Other fitting options are A-line and empire dresses.

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3. Inverted triangle. The shoulders are larger than the relatively narrow hips. This body type would not benefit from straight silhouettes, low necklines, and long sleeves that call attention to the larger upper part of the torso. Full-skirted princess gowns, A-line dresses, and Greek silhouettes are perfect for this body type.

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4. Rectangle. It is an athletic body type without a defined waist. Brides with the rectangle body type should pick models that place accents on the waist, bust, and hips: A-line, ballgown, empire, or straight dresses with a wide belt.

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5. Diamond. This body type is characterized by an undefined waist. It is recommended choosing silhouettes that make the waist more prominent and the look more delicate. This task is just for classic and A-line gowns and dresses in the Greek style with a higher waist and a flowing skirt.

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Who to Bring Wedding Dress Shopping

Brides usually invite a female friend, sister, or mother to accompany them to a wedding dress shopping. This is a sensible decision, as a companion can offer a fresh perspective, give a useful piece of advice, and help to pick accessories and to change out of one dress into the next.

Could you go wedding dress shopping with your husband-to-be? Why not? However, in most cases, brides want to stun their grooms on the day of the wedding and prefer keeping their look a secret until the ceremony.

You can find more wedding dress models in our catalog!

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