Wedding Gown Styles 101

April 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm 1 comment

Make a lasting impression and leave everyone breathless on your wedding day by walking down the aisle in a dress that enhances your natural beauty. Perhaps, the single most important aspect of your wedding ensemble is your wedding dress and choosing the right one depends on five factors: silhouette, sleeves, bodice, neckline and train. Read on to learn a little more about these five factors and how they relate to the design of your wedding dress.

Type of Silhouettes

The moment you take that first step and everyone turns their head to look at you; the first thing they will notice is the silhouette or shape of your wedding dress.


The A-line dress features a flowing line that begins narrow and fitted along the upper torso and subtly widens to the floor creating a clean and smooth body shape that resembles the letter “A”.

Ball Gown

Cinderella wore a ball gown, a type of formal gown characterized by a body-hugging fitted bodice that is narrow in the waist and contrasted with a voluminous and often layered skirt.


An Empire dress exhibits a high waistline that nestles directly under the bust with a long and flowing skirt which is slightly loose and glides close to the body.


The mermaid dress features a closely-fitted dress all the way down to the knees after which it dramatically flares out to mimic its namesake.


A sheath dress is a slim-fitting dress that is straight and narrow from the shoulders to about the top of the thighs.

 Types of Sleeves

Sleeves emphasize the wonderfulness of your arms and accentuate the overall look of your dress.

3/4 Length Sleeves

The 3/4 sleeve features an elegant mid-sleeve length that stops somewhere between the elbow and the wrist.  Long sleeves reach to the wrists.

Cap Sleeves

A feminine favorite, cap sleeves showcase a rounded shape that is slightly shorter than a t-shirt sleeve.


This category of sleeve covers the upper portion of the arms leaving the shoulders exposed.


As the name implies, sleeveless is a gown without sleeves also known as the strapless gown.

Spaghetti Straps

In lieu of sleeves, spaghetti straps are simply skinny bands that encircle or fasten at the shoulders.


T-shirt sleeve look like the sleeves from your old favorite stand-by, the length falls somewhere between the shoulder and elbow.


The part of your dress extending from the neckline to the skirt is called the bodice.


A tight-to-the-body shape intended to augment a narrow waist to present the illusion of an hourglass form.


An Empire bodice stops just below the bust and expands into a complete skirt.


Halters are a type of sleeveless bodice that feature a wrap around the neck.


Midriffs accentuate a tiny waist by fitting close to the mid-rib cage on the torso.


The princess-line is exemplified by a pair of vertical seams that run from the bust to the hem.


Midriffs accentuate a tiny waist by fitting close to the mid-rib cage on the torso.


Featuring wide armholes, the tank is usually shorter in length.


Necklines emphasize the collarbone, shoulders and decolletage of a bride. The most common necklines to choose from are the bateau, halter, jewel or round, off-the-shoulder, portrait, scoop, square, sweetheart and V-neck.


Increase the drama of your wedding dress with a train, an elegant long piece of fabric that spread out and trails a bride as she walks. Trains are optional and usually worn for more formal ceremonies. Types of trains include the brush or sweep, court, chapel, cathedral, royal, and watteau.

Make your fairytale wedding a reality and learn more about wedding dress styles by enjoying a New York style wedding fashion show and visiting with wedding professionals at the next Great Bridal Expo coming to your area soon. Click here for more information.




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