Best friend’s wedding coming down the aisle? That probably means wedding dress shopping is in store! Helping your friend pick out her dress will be quite the undertaking, so it won’t hurt to have a little fashion knowledge on hand to help your BFF make an educated decision. So, we’ve invited a few classic wedding dress silhouettes to attend this affair of a blog post, and to bring their descriptions along as dates!
Princess — quite similar to the A-line, this silhouette is fitted at top and follows clean lines as it flares out through the skirt
Empire — a popular silhouette in the first quarter of the 1800s, this cut features a waistline just below the bust and a skirt that flows down from there
Mermaid — this voluptuous silhouette follows the figure down to the knee before flaring out dramatically
Ball gown — made popular by Queen Victoria, who wore a ball gown silhouette for her 1840 wedding, this silhouette boasts a fitted bodice and voluminous skirt often made of tulle
Sheath/Column — this silhouette flows straight down from the neckline, thus gently hugging the form
Basque waist — the most definitive feature of this silhouette is a natural waistline that angles down into a V; it generally accompanies a flared skirt
Ballerina— inspired by classical ballet, this silhouette flows straight down from the neckline, and features a voluminous skirt that falls to the mid-calf
If you’re having trouble memorizing all those definitions, don’t fret! We’ve created a free, downloadable chart of these silhouettes, so you can print it out and bring it with you to the bridal boutique.
Do you have any dress shopping tips? Do share!