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Before hitting the shops and diving straight into trying on any dress, it is a great idea to understand what types of dresses you are looking for and what dress styles will suit you best.
This will ensure that dress shopping does not end up exhausting your energy on the wrong dresses..
Below is a straightforward guide to the different wedding dress styles, tips to remember when trying them on and guidance on what body types they flatter best.
The mermaid wedding dress is a figure-hugging style that fans out from low-thigh/below the knee. These are incredibly elegant, but it is essential to consider how much you want to dance around on the day when selecting this style.
When trying this style, ask to try it on with a single hoop or mermaid underskirt. These will make the dress feel slightly less comfortable initially but will make the shape of the dress stand out.
Brides who have a slim curvy shape or an hourglass shape. The will allow less movement but are best for brides who want an elegant silhouette.
A variation on the mermaid with a slightly less defined silhouette, which often fans out from a slightly higher point on the leg.
As these dresses can be made from thinner fabric, it can be worth checking that the silhouette of your legs and figure cannot be seen in different lights. Do also try this style on with an underskirt to get the full flare effect.
Brides who like the feeling of their dress clinging to their torso and holding them in all day. This style is slightly more comfortable to dance in than the mermaid.
This dress resembles the shape of a capital A and is one of the most classic wedding dress styles. It gives an exquisite princess look with the skirt gently fanning out from the hips so it is very natural.
Bridal shops will have an extensive range of this style. These will vary in the volume of skirt; from slim A-lines to very full, floaty skirts.
When trying this style, it is worth trying a few simple styles so you can understand the type of flare that suits your shape and height before going for more lace and bling.
Everyone. This range varies so significantly that a style for any body shape can be found. This style will look beautiful in pictures and is very easy to dance the night away in too.
This dress provides a figure-hugging top and skirt that natural sweeps out from below the bottom area. This gives a striking style and will enhance your curves. This dress is less forgiving for those who want to enjoy a lot of food on the day and can be harder to sit comfortably in.
When trying on these dresses make sure to wear non-visible panty line underwear so you can be assured that the fabric will sit nicely. Also make sure to move around and sit down to check comfort.
Those with longer bodies, shorter brides and those who do not like the cut of princess or A-line waist. This style can also be much more light-weight to wear all day.
A ball gown wedding dress is the classic Cinderella or princess look with a fitted bodice and full skirt that fans out from the waist.
This look is very striking and is an iconic look for those wanting a standout dress. Ball gowns come in many fabrics and styles but are often more weighty than other styles.
When trying on this type of dress make sure to move a lot, sit down and take your time to see if the additional weight is comfortable.
Even though these dresses often do not visually seem to need an underskirt, it is worth trying them as this can remove the weight from the legs and free you up to move more easily.
This style of dress is universally flattering but particularly for taller or fuller figure brides. The ratio of the flare should be tailored to your height to make sure the proportions will look perfect.
This heart-shaped neckline is amongst the most popular as it is feminine, and flattering to both the bust and neckline. This style is best for brides looking for a classic, simple neckline and do not mind having their décolletage exposed.
This neckline has either a perfectly straight or slightly bowed neckline. Again, this is a universally flattering style but will show less cleavage than the sweetheart style. This style is best for brides who do not want any cleavage but want a simple traditional shape. It also works for broader shouldered brides.
This look will either have a heart shape or curve neckline with dress straps that fall off the shoulder and rest on the upper arm. This is a romantic look that works best with floaty dresses. It is best for brides wanting a different look to draw attention to a slim neckline and collar bones.
This dress has straps and a plunging v-shaped neckline, which will display a more dramatic and alternative bridal look. This type of neckline works best for less voluptuous brides and those wearing a more simple satin or organza bodice.
This dress will have a sweetheart or curve bodice with straps that widen out towards the shoulder and neck. As the name suggests, this is an elegant and discreet style that would work well for lace gowns and brides who want a more modest style.
This style will often have a bodice line where the dress looks to end and then ultra thin fabric in a skin colour that goes up to the neckline with intricate lace or sequin detail. This look can enable brides to have unique patterns around their décolletage while ensuring a level of modesty.
This option can often be added to an array of dresses that may not have this option included for an additional cost. It is essential to make sure that the fabric will suit your complexion and sits smoothly against your body.
To work out what neckline will suit you best it is important to consider the following:
Strapless options include: Sweetheart, curve and off the shoulder necklines
No cleavage options include; Curve or straight, Queen Ann or Illusion neckline
Cover-up styles include; illusion and Queen Ann styles