The rock has been offered ceremoniously and accepted amidst gasps and tears of joy and the celebratory toast has been clinked. Excited calls are made to your close circles and aesthetic decor and cake ideas are being pinned like there is no tomorrow! However, after adding the 128th dress to your board, you find yourself lost in the labyrinth of lace and tulle and finding that perfect dress seems like an impossible task. Sit back, put your feet up and let us help! Borrowing Magnolia is here to help you decode all the wedding dress designs, and potentially ensure that you find yourself the perfect wedding dress for your wedding day.
A-Line: An a-line wedding dress is a silhouette most preferred and also the most universally flattering. It is recognized by its A-shaped silhouette, meaning it is fitted along the upper body and flares out. It highlights the bust area, accentuating the waistline and skimming over the hips, making it the perfect choice for a pear-shaped body type.
Recommended for: All brides! + pear-shapes.
Ball Gown: Live your Disney princess dreams with a twirly ball gown! It comes with a fitted bodice and a glorious full skirt, ensuring that you feel like a princess on your special day. Added bonus? The billowing full skirt will create the illusion of a tinier waist and it suits most body types. Petite brides beware, these could overwhelm your frame.
Recommended for: Full-figured and Curvy brides.
Sheath: This no-fuss and simple silhouette creates a narrow and straight shape from top to bottom and hugs the body, accentuating amazing curves. If you are the #blessedbride with a tall and lean figure, this cut can do wonders for your body. Go for a side slit if you are feeling risque. Sheath dresses are a great choice for vintage-inspired weddings!
Recommended for: Long and lean brides.
Mermaid: The fishtail and mermaid style wedding dress is high on glamour and the perfect balance between sexy and fairytale-like. It is fitted throughout the body and flares out towards your feet, as a fishtail would. Not only will it work for you wonderfully if you have an hourglass figure, but it is also an ideal choice if you want to sprinkle a little bit of glamour into your wedding look. So go ahead, live your Ariel dreams with a mermaid wedding dress.
Recommended for: Hourglass brides.
Empire: An empire waist wedding dress is flattering fit where the waistline is raised to sit just below the bust area and the rest of the dress is flowy right down to the hem. Not only does it accentuate a beautiful bust, but it also makes our petite brides look taller. It's a carefree, easy style that embodies boho wedding vibes. Did we mention how forgiving this style is?
Recommended for: Petite brides + easy-going brides.
Sweetheart: This neckline is identified by its shape which represents the top of a heart sign. It can come with straps or not, and is a very pretty and romantic cut, especially for an event like a wedding. While this look is very feminine, it also flatters our members of the Small Bust Club. If you dare to bare on your wedding day, a sweetheart neckline is a pretty way to do it.
Recommended for: Brides who want to highlight their decolletage.
Square Neckline: Luckily this neckline is quite in season, giving our brides a bit of a Pride and Prejudice throwback. When done tastefully, a square neckline can feel very elegant and delicate. It is great for broader shoulders, as it cuts at a flattering angle.
Recommended for: Brides who love a modern wedding gown.
Halter Neck: A dress with a halter neck is not easy to put in a box, as there are various different ways the halter neck can be implemented on a dress. If you are a bride who has slender shoulders and arms and a delicate frame, a halter neck might just be what you need. It gives one an appearance of height and is perfect for the petite frame.
Recommended for: Petite brides or brides with delicate features.
V-Neck: The V-neck, like the halter, can also be executed in several different ways, giving you the control of how much cleavage you want to show. Its sharp, straight lines give an impression of height and it also works well for the purpose of minimizing the bust area. V-necks are a rave style this season for every type of bride.
Recommended for: All brides!
High neck: Higher necklines are classically beautiful and give our brides an other-worldly look. Paired with a longer sleave, this combination can be the perfect choice for a white, winter wedding. The use of delicate lace and buttons gives this style the perfect touch.
Recommended for: The classic bride.
Colored: Most brides are choosing the non-traditional wedding dress colors while they tie the knot, and we say "yay" to that! We love brides with personalities and if you want to ditch the whites and creams and go for pinks, greys or even black, there are lots of options out there!
Recommended for: Brides that love a non-traditional spin.
Short: While long billowy dresses are always the norm, short dresses bridal dresses are not far behind when it comes to alternative wedding gowns. Be it high-low hemlines, split details, or classy pencil skirt dress, the options are almost just as varying as in a long wedding dress.
Recommended for: Stylish, chic brides that want to stand out.
Not a Dress: And then there are the in-betweeners, because, why stop at a dress when there are so many other things? We say, go for a power suit, a bridal jumpsuit or anything in between. As long as it matches with your vibe and feels true to yourself, go forth with it!
Recommended for: The confident bride.
A wedding dress is not just any white dress, but a dress that you put on and you feel the best. The wave of the newest wedding dress trends are forever changing but after the song and dance are over and the glitter and confetti have settled, be sure that you pick a dress that is a depiction of your true self. You will still think back fondly of the day when you wore that little white (or not white!) wonder and walked down the aisle, and the stars shone a little brighter.
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