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  • Writer's pictureTracey Houston

Carried Away: All Things Bridal Gowns

Updated: Jun 27

Hello Belles and Beaus!

Today let’s get Carried Away with all things GOWNS! From the fit to the fabric and details I’m going to explain it all!

 

Embarking on the journey to find the perfect bridal gown is an exciting yet sometimes daunting experience. With a vast array of styles, lengths, necklines, waistlines, and fabrics to consider, brides often find themselves navigating through a sea of options, searching to find THE ONE that perfectly embodies their vision for their special day.

 

In this comprehensive guide, we aim to demystify the process and empower brides-to-be with informative insights to make informed decisions. From understanding the nuances of different gown silhouettes to deciphering the intricacies of various fabric choices, we'll delve into each aspect of bridal gowns with clarity and detail.

 

Whether you're dreaming of a fairytale ballgown, envisioning a sleek and modern sheath, or contemplating the romantic allure of a lace A-line, we'll explore the characteristics of each style and offer practical advice to help you determine which silhouette best suits your personal style.

 

Beyond silhouette considerations, we'll also discuss neckline options, waistline styles, and fabric selections, providing guidance on how each element contributes to the overall look and feel of the gown. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of a sweetheart neckline, the sophisticated allure of a V-neck, or the demure charm of a high neckline, we'll discuss the pros and cons of each option to help you make the right choice for your bridal ensemble.

 

Additionally, we'll explore the significance of gown length, offering insights into the various hemline options and their suitability for different wedding venues and themes. Whether you're planning a grand affair in a ballroom or an intimate gathering in a garden, we'll discuss how gown length can complement the overall aesthetic of your wedding day.

 

Throughout this guide, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to navigate the world of bridal gowns with ease and assurance. By understanding the intricacies of each aspect of gown selection, you'll be better equipped to make choices that reflect your individuality and ensure that you feel radiant and beautiful on your wedding day. So let's embark on this journey together, as we unravel the mysteries of bridal gown shopping and discover the gown of your dreams.


Brides in Bridal Gowns

Bridal Gown Silhouettes:

1. Ball Gown:

   - Characterized by a fitted bodice and a full skirt, the ball gown silhouette exudes elegance and grandeur.

   - Ideal for formal weddings and brides desiring a fairy-tale look, the ball gown accentuates the waist and hides lower body imperfections you might see in pictures that the rest of us would never even notice.

 

2. A-Line:

   - Universally flattering, the A-line silhouette features a fitted bodice that gradually flares from the waist down, resembling the shape of an uppercase "A."

   -The A-line gown offers versatility and grace, making it a popular choice among most brides.

 

3. Sheath:

   - Also known as the column silhouette, the sheath gown follows the body's natural contour from top to bottom.

   - Sleek and minimalist, the sheath silhouette is perfect for modern brides seeking a sophisticated yet understated look.

 

4. Trumpet:

   - The trumpet silhouette combines elements of the sheath and mermaid styles, fitted through the bodice and hips, then flaring out around the mid-thigh.

   - This silhouette highlights curves while allowing freedom of movement, making it a favorite among fashion-forward brides.

 

5. Slip:

   - Effortlessly chic, the slip silhouette features a simple, unstructured design that drapes smoothly over the body.

   - Ideal for beach weddings or casual affairs, the slip gown exudes an understated elegance and laid-back vibe.

 

6. Fit and Flare:

   - Similar to the trumpet silhouette, the fit and flare gown hugs the body until mid-thigh, then flares out somewhat.

   - Offering the perfect balance between form-fitting and voluminous, this silhouette accentuates curves while providing ease of movement.

 

7. Mermaid:

   - Dramatic and glamorous, the mermaid silhouette contours the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out into a dramatic skirt.

   - Reserved for bold and confident brides, the mermaid gown creates a striking silhouette that commands attention. This gown will restrict freedom of movement leaving many brides to opt for a second reception gown to change into after the ceremony and pictures.

 


brides in bridal gowns

Bridal Gown Lengths:

 

1. Full Length:

   - Traditional and timeless, full-length gowns extend to the floor, creating a dramatic and formal look.

   - Perfect for traditional weddings or black-tie affairs, full-length gowns add a touch of sophistication to any bridal ensemble. This is by far the most common gown purchased in bridal salons.

 

2. Midi:

   - Falling between the knee and ankle, midi-length gowns offer a chic and contemporary alternative to traditional floor-length styles.

   - Ideal for casual or vintage-inspired weddings, midi gowns strike the perfect balance between modernity and tradition.

 

3. Mini:

   - Bold and unconventional, mini-length gowns feature skirts that graze the upper thigh or fall just above the knee.

   - Reserved for daring and fashion-forward brides, mini gowns are perfect for informal ceremonies, unconventional venues or even as a gown to leave in!

 

4. Tea Length:

   - Timelessly romantic, tea-length gowns typically fall between the knee and mid-calf, showcasing the ankles.

   - Ideal for vintage-inspired weddings or garden ceremonies, tea-length gowns exude a whimsical charm and playful elegance.

 

5. High Low:

   - Combining the elegance of a full-length gown with the flirtiness of a mini, high-low gowns feature a hemline that is shorter in the front and longer in the back.

   - Perfect for brides who want to showcase their shoes or make a statement with their footwear, high-low gowns offer versatility and flair.

 



brides in bridal gowns

Bridal Gown Necklines:

 

1. Sweetheart:

   - Romantic and feminine, the sweetheart neckline features a gently curved shape resembling the top of a heart.

   - Flattering for a variety of bust sizes, the sweetheart neckline enhances the décolletage while adding a touch of romance to the bridal look.

 

2. Halter:

   - Chic and modern, the halter neckline features straps that wrap around the neck, creating a stylish and flattering silhouette.

   - Perfect for brides with broad shoulders or toned arms, the halter neckline offers a contemporary twist on traditional bridal attire.

 

3. Square:

   - Structured and sophisticated, the square neckline forms a perfect square shape across the chest, creating clean lines and a polished aesthetic.

   - Ideal for brides seeking a neckline to disguise cleavage.  

 

4. Scoop:

   - Versatile and universally flattering, the scoop neckline features a U-shaped or rounded neckline that dips low on the chest.

   - A common for brides with both small and large busts, the scoop neckline adds a touch of allure and femininity but will allow a woman the option to cover a little more cleavage if that’s what they are going for.

 

5. Cowl:

   - Elegant and draped, the cowl neckline features fabric that hangs loosely around the neck, creating a soft and romantic effect.

   - Perfect for brides desiring a vintage-inspired or Old Hollywood glamour look, the cowl neckline exudes timeless sophistication.

 

6. Asymmetric:

   - Modern and unconventional, the asymmetric neckline features an off-center or one-shoulder design, adding visual interest and asymmetry to the gown.

   - Ideal for fashion-forward brides looking to make a bold statement, the asymmetric neckline adds a contemporary twist to traditional bridal attire.

 

7. Queen Anne:

   - Regal and refined, the Queen Anne neckline features a high collar that dips into a V-shape in the front, often adorned with lace or embellishments.

   - Perfect for brides seeking a royal-inspired or vintage look, the Queen Anne neckline adds elegance and sophistication to the bridal ensemble.

 

8. V-Neck:

   - Flattering and elongating, the V-neckline features a V-shaped neckline that dips low on the chest, accentuating the décolletage and creating a slimming effect.

   - This neckline may have a plunge allowing a bride to show off her girls in a flattering manner.

 

9. Strapless:

   - Timeless and classic, the strapless neckline features a straight or slightly curved neckline that exposes the shoulders and décolletage.

   - Sought after by brides wanting to show off well-defined collarbones or toned arms, the strapless neckline tends to scare brides with larger chests, but properly altered and the addition of boning any bride can wear a strapless gown.

 


brides in bridal gowns

Bridal Gown Waistlines:

 

1. Asymmetric:

   - Modern and edgy, the asymmetric waistline features an off-center or diagonal seam that creates visual interest and asymmetry.

   - Ideal for brides looking to make a fashion statement, the asymmetric waistline adds a contemporary twist to traditional bridal silhouettes. I have noticed a rise in petite brides loving the asymmetric look because they feel as though it adds length to their proportions.

 

2. Natural:

   - Timeless and universally flattering, the natural waistline sits at the narrowest part of the torso, emphasizing the waist and creating an hourglass silhouette.

   - Perfect for brides looking to accentuate their natural waistline with classic elegance.

 

3. Basque:

   - Romantic and dramatic, the basque waistline features a V-shaped or inverted V-shaped seam that dips below the natural waist, creating a flattering and elongating effect.

   - Ideal for brides desiring a regal or princess-inspired look, the basque waistline adds drama and sophistication and is seeing a huge comeback since Bridgerton.

 

4. Empire:

   - Ethereal and romantic, the empire waistline sits just below the bust, creating a high-waisted silhouette that skims over the hips and waist.

   - Perfect for people who are seeking their gown to flow across the waist and hips without accentuating either. We’ve seen many brides who are pregnant opt for this style as well.

 

5. Drop Waist:

   - Trendy and fashion-forward, the drop waistline sits below the natural waist, creating a relaxed and modern silhouette.

   - Ideal for brides with a straight or athletic figure, the drop waistline adds visual interest and contemporary flair to the bridal ensemble. This is personally one of my favorites on everyBODY!

 


brides in bridal gowns

Bridal Gown Fabrics:

 

1. Lace:

   - Romantic and timeless, lace fabric features intricate patterns and delicate detailing, adding texture and dimension to bridal gowns.

   - Perfect for classic or vintage-inspired weddings, lace fabric exudes elegance and sophistication while adding a touch of romance.

 

2. Tulle:

   - Dreamy and ethereal, tulle fabric features lightweight and sheer netting, creating soft and voluminous skirts that float gracefully with movement.

   - Ideal for fairy-tale or princess-inspired weddings, tulle fabric adds a whimsical and romantic touch to bridal gowns, evoking a sense of enchantment and fantasy.

 

3. Satin:

   - Luxurious and elegant, satin fabric features a smooth and glossy surface with a subtle sheen, creating a sophisticated and refined look.

   - Perfect for formal or traditional weddings, satin fabric drapes beautifully and adds a touch of opulence to bridal gowns, exuding timeless glamour and sophistication.

 

4. Mikado:

   - Structured and modern, mikado fabric features a heavyweight silk blend with a subtle sheen and crisp texture, creating clean lines and architectural shapes.

   - Ideal for contemporary or minimalist weddings, mikado fabric offers structure and volume while maintaining a polished and sophisticated aesthetic.

 

5. Silk:

   - Luxurious and versatile, silk fabric features a natural fiber with a soft and smooth texture, creating a fluid and elegant drape that flatters the figure.

   - Perfect for brides seeking a luxurious and refined look, silk fabric exudes sophistication and elegance, adding a touch of opulence to bridal gowns.

 

6. Lace Appliqué:

   - Intricate and romantic, lace appliqué features lace motifs or embellishments that are hand-sewn or appliquéd onto the gown's fabric, creating depth and dimension.

   - Ideal for brides desiring a customized or bespoke look, lace appliqué adds a personal touch and intricate detailing to bridal gowns, evoking a sense of romance and nostalgia.

 

7. Crepe:

   - Sleek and sophisticated, crepe fabric features a lightweight and matte texture with subtle stretch, creating a smooth and figure-flattering silhouette.

   - Perfect for modern or minimalist weddings, crepe fabric drapes beautifully and offers comfort and ease of movement, making it ideal for brides seeking understated elegance and sophistication.

 

8. Organza:

   - Light and airy, organza fabric features a sheer and crisp texture with subtle stiffness, creating voluminous skirts and dramatic silhouettes.

   - Ideal for whimsical or fairy-tale weddings, organza fabric adds drama and dimension to bridal gowns, evoking a sense of ethereal beauty and enchantment.

 

9. Charmeuse:

   - Sensual and luxurious, charmeuse fabric features a lightweight and silky texture with a glossy sheen, creating a smooth and fluid drape that hugs the body.

   - Perfect for brides seeking a sensual and glamorous look, charmeuse fabric adds a touch of luxury and sophistication to bridal gowns, exuding timeless elegance and allure.

 

10. Brocade:

   - Ornate and opulent, brocade fabric features elaborate patterns and metallic threads woven into the fabric, creating rich texture and visual interest.

   - Ideal for formal or regal weddings, brocade fabric adds a sense of grandeur and luxury to bridal gowns, making a statement with its intricate detailing and lavish embellishments.

 

11. Chiffon:

   - Light and diaphanous, chiffon fabric features a sheer and ethereal texture with a soft and floaty drape, creating a romantic and dreamy aesthetic.

   - Perfect for beach or destination weddings, chiffon fabric is lightweight and breathable, offering comfort and ease of movement while exuding an effortless and laid-back elegance.

 

Conclusion

 

Choosing the perfect bridal gown involves considering various factors such as silhouette, length, neckline, waistline, and fabric. By understanding the characteristics and features of each element, brides can make informed decisions that reflect their personal style, body type, and wedding theme. Whether opting for a timeless ball gown silhouette in luxurious satin or a modern sheath gown in delicate lace, the key is to select a gown that makes the bride feel confident, beautiful, and radiant on her special day. With this comprehensive guide, brides-to-be can embark on their bridal gown journey with knowledge and confidence, knowing they have the tools to find the gown of their dreams.



xo Tracey

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