Be the Talk of the Town: 8 Wedding Dress Styles for Your Big Day
Do you want to look the absolute best on your big day but don’t know what’s popular? Here are the 8 trendy wedding dress styles you need to know about.
It finally happened; you were asked the question and said, yes! Now it’s time to begin your wedding dress shopping journey. And boy, is it a journey.
There are always new wedding dress styles and trends hitting the dress shops so knowing which ones are the most stylish is a challenge.
And if one thing is for certain, it’s that you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day. Therefore, you need to know what styles are popular so you can make the best decision possible.
Continue reading below for 8 wedding dress styles that you need to know about before making your final decision.
1. Ball Gown
Are you a big princess fan? If so, then you’ll melt over a stunning ball gown wedding dress. These dresses look like they’re straight out of a fairytale. The body portion of the dress is fitted, while the skirt of the dress is full and widespread just like a princess’ gown.
This style gives the bride a small waist and is perfect for all body types!
2. Mermaid or Fishtail
Speaking of princesses and fairytales, if you’re not into a ball gown dress, then you might be into a mermaid or fishtail dress.
These dresses are fitted along the entire body before reaching the knees. At the knees, the dress flares out, giving the appearance of a mermaid or fishtail.
This style of dress is a great way to highlight your curves.
If you have an hourglass figure, it’s time to show it off in a mermaid wedding dress! Other variations of this dress style have the flare begin a bit higher up than at the knee, but both look amazing so the choice is yours.
3. South African Inspiration
For those looking for something truly unique, why not consider some international flare? Wedding dresses made with South African inspiration are the best way to stand out from other brides in the past. For example, these designers have created pure beauty in their South African wedding dress designs.
These styles range anywhere from mermaid tail dress to v-neck cuts, and much more! The difference is that these dresses are one of a kind and you won’t find them at any wedding dress shop. This means you’ll be rocking a dress that no one in your wedding has probably seen before.
Another good option for all body types is the A-line wedding dress. These dresses start off tightest at the top, or fitted more at the top, and then gradually become wider and wider as the dress makes its way to the floor.
This is where the style gets its name from because it makes an “A” shape.
Because of its fitted form near the top, this style brings more attention to the chest and slims the waist. These dresses work splendidly with multiple waistlines, necklines, fabrics, and more.
Sheath wedding dresses are also known as column dresses. These dresses gently wrap around the body and show your figure. If you’re ready to show off your amazing waist and hips, then this is the right dress for you.
Although this style might be hard for some to walk in due to its slimming nature, there are some that have slits in the dress on the sides that make walking in them much easier.
Do keep in mind that, if you have more of a straight figure, you might want to use a waistline or sash to better define your waist.
Empire wedding dresses have a waistline that begins right under the bust. This style is a wonderful option for those wanting to focus and define their chest while lengthening their legs. If you’re someone with shorter legs, then this dress style is an excellent choice.
It’s also an excellent choice for those with a smaller chest because it’ll enhance your bust if desired.
And because the waistline is directly under the chest, this dress style is perfect for brides who are pregnant. You won’t have to worry about trying to get the waistline to go around your baby belly!
7. Fit Then Flares
A fit then flares dress is quite similar to the mermaid and fishtail dress, however, this dress style gives you a bit more space. It’s a good option for those who are in love with the mermaid dress style but don’t want to make a full commitment to the movement limitations that the mermaid dress offers.
The fit then flares dress is more giving when it comes to the hips and thighs.
The dress begins to flare out above the knee, rather than at the knees. This means you’ll have much more freedom and movement with your legs.
So if you can picture yourself in a mermaid dress, but need the freedom to get loose on the dance floor, then the fit then flares dress is the right choice for you.
8. Strapless vs Long Sleeves
No matter which wedding dress style you choose, you’ll most likely have the option of either strapless or long sleeve. All of these styles of dresses listed above can be found with different types of sleeves, so the choice is yours! Strapless dresses fit around the bust quite snug and are an elegant choice.