Looking for your wedding dress can be a bit of a minefield, when it comes to the different shapes, fabrics, necklines and stylings, when you haven’t worked in fashion but also if you’ve not had any interest in it too. You want to go into a bridal shop and have half a chance of knowing what the bridal consultant is saying when they are describing the wedding dresses before you.

Shapes…

Column/Sheath style is basically a dress which falls straight down, which hides any unwanted lumps and bumps you may not care for.

Mermaid/Fishtail is a gown which is fitted to just above the knee and the fans out into a full skirt with lots of layers giving the dress a look of a fishtail.

Fit n Flare/trumpet dress is similar to the mermaid style, but it’s more of a natural flare to the skirting of the dress.

Ball Gown is a where the skirt starts to flare out from your waist, giving you a full skirt shape. Some brides like to wear a petticoat with this style to keep the dress away from their legs as they walk, depending of the size of the petticoat depends on the fullness of the skirt.

The A-line style skims your hips, giving the wearer a lovely flattering shape.

Drop waist gown, does what it says on the tin, and is a similar style to the A-line.

Necklines…

Sweet heart/straight/V-neck/square/scoop neckline are quite self-explanatory the top of the heart shape/straight/square/scoop or V cut can be seen at the top of the gown in the chest area, whether you have sleeves, straps or strapless. Sometimes you may get tulle or chiffon material which covers the chest area but you can still see the main sweet heart neckline through the material.

The Halter neck is where the dress fastens around the back of the neck whether it covers the chest (illusion) or is open.

Bateau/Sabrina neckline/off the shoulder firstly the Bateau neckline is a wide neckline, the Sabrina neckline sits on the shoulders just! Off the shoulder is off the shoulder.

Cowl neck is where the material is draped in rounded folds around the chest area.

Asymmetrical/one shoulder is where the neckline is on a diagonal and predominately on one shoulder, the asymmetrical can also cover both shoulders.

Queen Anne neckline features a higher collar, usually freestanding leading to a partially open front/chest area be it sweet heart/scoop/V-neck.

Written by Janine Holmes  https://www.onceuponatimebridalwear.co.uk

Photograph by  Andrew Sturrock Photography

Dress from San Patrick by Pronovias Malasia

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