Choosing a wedding dress is probably the most exciting moment of planning a wedding for any bride. But it can also be very stressful, as all of the sudden your body is being categorized as a fruit, and you are expected to know all these different styles of gowns by heart, and know which one you want – a luxurious ball gown, or a simple sheath – not to mention all the different varieties of necklines, hemlines and backs. Don’t worry, stylist of Madame Bride are there for you every step of the way to you dream dress. Today, we will try to present one of the most popular silhouettes of bridal gowns – a fit and flare.
A fit and flare dress is one of the most flattering silhouettes for all body types. This type of dress hugs the body and flares off just below the hips, accentuating the waist, or at the knees beautifully showing off your curvaceous body. Fit and flare is the term that encompasses several styles including A-line dresses, mermaid gowns and trumpet styles. Ideal for the pear and hourglass shape, this glamorous style is perfect for highlighting your best features. Despite the common misconception, petite brides can also wear a fit-and-flare dress, as long as they get the dress altered to fit their proportions perfectly. Sometimes all you have to do is raise the skirt starting point just a bit higher in order to create length in the torso and legs. For maximum elongation, the dress should be fitted through your hips and flare out just above the knee and not below.
Strapless wedding dresses are considered a classic. Bare shoulders can look beautifully paired with a dramatic flair of the skirt. A sweetheart neckline accentuates décolletage, and is perfect for the bride who wants to either enhance or create the illusion of curves. It also lengthens the neck and adds balance to the overall silhouette. To put a modern twist on your bridal gown, look for plunging styles, lace-embellished bodices, and delicate floral appliqués.
This stunning Mori Lee gown features beaded Chantilly lace with a strapless sweetheart neckline and an organza skirt in a trumpet silhouette. The fit and flare style accentuates the curves, nipping in at the waist and hugging the hips and derrière in a sultry hourglass shape. Below the hips, a filmy organza skirt spills down to the ground, creating a halo of soft fabric at the bride’s feet.
Lace fit and flare wedding dresses
Wedding dresses in lace are super feminine and utterly romantic. They are as timeless and elegant as they are versatile. Lace fits perfectly in the elegant and romantic wedding theme, as much as in the free-spirited summer beach ceremony. Bohemian bridal gowns are known to be very whimsical, loose fitted styles that can range from very simple to intricate lace designs or fully beaded. A fully hand beaded gown is super glamorous and a fabulous way to celebrate your wedding, Hollywood star style.
Fitted wedding dress with sleeves
This lace fit and flare wedding dress with long sleeves looks ethereal, covered from head to toe in Brenna Lace and featuring a delicate V-neck and open back. This irresistible dress exemplifies Bohemian chic combined with vintage inspiration.
The mermaid silhouette, also known as the fishtail, is the most glamorous and dramatic of all these styles, as the gown is closely-fitted down to the knee or below, and then the skirt flares out dramatically. The clue is in the name – true mermaid dresses have the same outline as a fish’s tail!
Dramatic mermaid style
Thanks to the dramatic cut, mermaid wedding dresses can highlight a curvy figure or even add curves where there are none, making it one of the best dress styles for hourglass figures. For a high-fashion, sexy silhouette, this is an ideal choice, and can make more impact for a bride who wants a wow-factor dress. However, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the tight fit can restrict movement and dancing, so if you’re thinking about a mermaid gown, it’s important to try on your chosen style and practice walking and sitting in it. The fit can also emphasize areas you’d prefer to skim over, and depending on the fabric of the dress, you may have to consider your undergarments carefully to avoid embarrassing lines.
Trumpet bridal gowns
A trumpet silhouette is a perfect midway point between a fit and flare gown and a mermaid dress, as the skirt flares lower down than a fit and flare to highlight more of your curves, but isn’t as dramatic or restrictive as a mermaid. Most trumpet gowns have a gradually flaring skirt that begins around mid-thigh, and the skirt can resemble the shape of a trumpet’s bell.
Satin trumpet wedding dress
This style of gown is a great choice for brides who want to emphasize their curves (or add more!) without drawing too much attention to the legs, as with a mermaid gown. However, as with many fit and flare styles, the trumpet can emphasize a wide waist. If you’re worried about this, add a colored sash or beaded belt to break up the area and give you the illusion of a gorgeous hourglass figure.