As discussed in our last post, there are very grey lines between each defined “shape” of a bridal gown. We will do our best to describe each shape but please understand that one designer will call it one thing and another will call it something else. If your bridal consultant says you need to try on a certain gown/shape, do it! Do not just say no because “that one time I saw a gown labeled X and you would NEVER wear that!”
As the skirt typically defines the “shape” of a gown, we are going to leave out any neckline/waistline references to make this a little more simple.
A-Line: Named after the letter A, this gown has a skirt that can range from medium to full.
Ball Gown: A gown with a a fuller skirt. It can start full at the waist or taper to full.
Fit to Flare: Also known as a modified A. Fitted top, fuller bottom. Fitted through/to the thighs.
Mermaid: Fitted gown with a seam above the knees to create a fuller bottom.
Trumpet: Fitted gown with princess seams to create a fuller bottom.
Sheath: Think nightgown. Straight line dress.