Wedding Gowns : Tips For Choosing The Right Silhouette, Neckline And More

by jeffbenson - Date: 2010-09-21 - Word Count: 814 Share This!

Many brides have been dreaming of their wedding day since childhood. If this sounds like you, you'll want to pick a wedding gown that has just the right silhouette, neckline and generally flattering features for your body type. Consider the following wedding gown styles and some popular dresses in those styles.

Wedding Gown Necklines

1. Off-the-shoulder : A bold wedding gown style, the off-the-shoulder look is perfect for brides who want to show off a golden tan and toned arms. One popular style by Priscilla of Boston is the silk, satin one-shoulder ball gown with hand-pleated drop-waist, which is accented with crystal encrusted blooming flowers. It is available in ivory and white.

2. Strapless : A classic style choice, the strapless wedding gown is often a favorite for brides to be. A top seller is a linen gown with an empire waist and modified column skirt, adorned with dimensional Venice lace flower appliqués. You might also love the jewel style strapless wedding gowns, a chiffon empire sweetheart slim gown with diagonal bust and bodice pleats that blend softly into a cascading skirt.

3. Sweetheart : Sweetheart wedding gowns feature a low-cut neckline in the shape of a heart, which works great on brides wishing to show a tasteful hint of cleavage. This style is also available with or without straps. Hands down, one of the most beautiful gowns in this style is the strapless silk organza gown with a dropped waist that becomes a soft skirt overflowing with petals.

4. Spaghetti Strap : If you're looking for subtle straps appropriate for all seasons, the spaghetti strap is a perfect wedding gown choice. A top selection for brides in this style is a textured organza and tulle strapless wedding gown, which is adorned with an Art Deco inspired crystal belt and a full skirt draped with an organza swag.

5 Scoop : A scoop style wedding gown has a U-shaped neckline and continues to the back of your dress. Perhaps the most romantic scoop style wedding gown is the silk taffeta cap sleeve ball gown, featuring a ruched bodice, deep and rich pleating in the skirt and side seam pockets.

6 Tank : The tanks style features a short, sleeveless top and looks great on most body types. While the tank style may sound like a simple, basic look, there are actually many tank style gowns that are quite extravagant. For instance, the strapless silk satin ball gown is quite dramatic, especially with its softly curved crystal encrusted V-neckline, bias draped waistband and pleated full skirt.

7 Halter : The halter style wedding gown provides quite a voluptuous look, with its sleeveless bodice that wraps around the neck. Perhaps the most stunning dress in this style is the silk taffeta strapless ball gown with removable halter straps and a bodice adorned with a vintage inspired layout along the sweetheart neckline.

8 Cap Sleeve : Cap sleeves are very short sleeves that are generally more rounded to bare a bride's shoulders. A comfortable, elegant choice in this style is the taffeta short dress with bateau neckline, short sleeves and all over floral motif.

9 V-neck : To emphasize your chest with this plunging neckline, there are two top dresses to consider. First, the strapless silk satin ball gown with softly curved crystal encrusted V-neckline, bias draped waistband and pleated full skirt is a simply stunning choice. Also, look at a lace veiled wedding gown with organza V-neckline, illusion embellished straps and a waist sash.

Wedding gown silhouettes

1. A-line: An A-line or princess shape style wedding gown has vertical seams flowing from the shoulders down to a flared skirt. One elegant new arrival is the Garza sleeveless A-line gown with V-neckline, horizontally ruched midriff and soft flowing skirt decorated with embroidery.

2. Empire: Brides who are looking for a high waistline with a slimmer style skirt will love the empire silhouette wedding gown. For shimmer and shine, the perfect wedding gown is a silk satin strapless A-line gown with deep V-neckline and double skirt.

3. Ball Gown: Want to look like Cinderella on your wedding day? If so, the ball gown is your dress. While a classic gown, the modern silk razmir A-line gown with tip-of-the-shoulder jeweled sleeves, draped bodice and covered buttons down the back is a gorgeous gown sure to make you look like a princess.

4. Dropped Waist: Dropped waist wedding dresses are simply the most flattering wedding gown for brides with a fuller waistline. Consider the taffeta V-neckline ball gown with criss-cross pleats through the bodice, intricate bead layout at its natural waist and finely pleated full skirt. which offers a classic, flattering look.

5. Fit-to-Flare/Trumpet: Similar to the mermaid silhouette, the trumpet silhouette flares out higher on the skirt. For a romantic, Victorian look, try the organza gown with flounced halter neckline and open back.

On your wedding day, you want to wear the perfect wedding gown, so with this guide in hand, you'll surely choose the perfect fit to make you feel good and look sensational.

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